This app provides a 3D, animated, interactive walkthrough of the two stages of the classic Trolley Problem that is taught in most ethics classes.
The app then walks the user through explanations of the Trolley Problem, including:
-introductions to the philosophers John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant and their hypothetical reactions to the Trolley Problem
-two video explanations of the Trolley Problem by TED-Ed and BBC
-an excerpt from a Harvard philosophy course taught by Michael Sandel called "Justice" that introduces the Trolley Problem and its implications
-an excerpt from a tech ethics class exploring the implications of self-driving cars encountering similar situations to the Trolley Problem
The classic Trolley Problem, as formulated by Philippa Foot in 1967, contains two sequential scenarios. The first scenario asks whether you would divert a trolley from hitting five people so that it hits one. The second scenario asks whether you would push an innocent bystander in front of a runaway trolley in order to stop it from hitting five people. Both scenarios involve sacrificing one life for five, so if we simply wanted to maximize the greatest good for the greatest number of people, then seemingly we would treat both scenarios the same. Yet most people are much less willing to push an innocent bystander in front of a trolley than they are willing to divert a trolley into a person on a side track. Perhaps there is more to morality than simply counting how many people are positively and negatively affected by your actions.
The Trolley Problem will cause you to question your understanding of what "the right thing to do" is - even if it doesn't provide you with all of the answers, it will leave you asking the right questions.
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Ratings and Reviews
This is terrible
I thought it would actually be a game and have more problems to do but no. It's just 2 problems and it's just a lot of reading that ends out telling you why it's right and wrong
Developer Response ,
Hi Big byard, Yep! This app is not intended to be a game, it is simply intended to bring to life the famous Trolley Problem thought experiment from philosophy. This app features 3D animations of the two stages, that a philosophy instructor could show in class in order to further engage the students. The app also features readings and videos explaining the thought experiment, that philosophy students could read/watch in order to further explore the implications of the thought experiment. Hope that helps! Best, Krister
Fun and insightful!
A creative way to bring a favorite thought experiment to life!
I wasn't satisfied, it was just a repeat of itself. I wasn't challenged in any way mentally. Nothing particularly I already new. I didn't feel it was worth the value of purchase.
Developer Response ,
Hi User222345, The two stages of the Trolley Problem aren't actually a repeat of themselves, which is the insight of the thought experiment :) In the first stage, many people are willing to divert the trolley in order to sacrifice one person's life for five. Yet in the second stage, many people are *not* willing to push a bystander in front of the trolley to save five people's lives. This is interesting, since both scenarios involve sacrificing one life for five, so if we simply wanted to maximize the greatest good for the greatest number of people, then seemingly we would treat both scenarios the same. Since many people do not treat the two scenarios the same, we must then ask whether there is more to morality than simply maximizing the greatest good for the greatest number of people, or whether most people are misguided in their actions. Hope that helps! Best, Krister
- Krister Johnson
- 590.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2017 Krister Johnson
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.