Utilitas

Research Article

Boulders and Trolleys

D. W. HASLETTa1

a1 University of Delaware dhaslett@udel.edu

Abstract

This discussion attempts to show that the elusive solution to the trolley problem lies hidden in the solution to another perennial problem in moral philosophy: the ducking puzzle. The key to solving the ducking puzzle is an important, but overlooked, exception to our obligation not to harm others, an exception for ‘fair competition’, which, it is argued here, is also the key to solving the trolley problem.

(Online publication August 17 2011)

I wish to thank Marjorie Parsons for her helpful comments on this article.