Moral calculations

What would you do?

Imagine a tram hurtling out of control towards five pedestrians. If you could flick a lever to switch the tram on to a track with just one person, is it permissible to kill one to save five?

Then think of yourself on a bridge above the track. Now the only way to stop the tram is to push down a heavy object – and there is one beside you, in the form of a fat stranger.

Is there a difference in these two situations? What is the difference?


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