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Introducing philosophy: thinking and ethics

von The Open University

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Here’s a puzzle. A train is running at speed out of control down its track. In its path are five people, tied to the track. You can flip a switch to save these five people by sending the train down a different route – but there’s a single person tied to that part of the track. Flipping the switch means certain death for that person. What do you do?

And what choice would you actually make if you had the choice to push a real person – someone you knew - in front of a train to save five others?

Such ethical dilemmas highlight the kind of fundamental issues covered in this fascinating introduction to philosophy. This learning pathway brings together a basic grounding in the skills of reason and logical analysis. It gives you the opportunity to test those skills in the company of internationally renowned philosophers. Peter Singer, Nigel Warburton and Thomas Scanlon are among the philosophers you will hear considering major ethical issues of our time – from organ transplants and animal rights to climate change and the right to have children.

This pathway will appeal to those interested in philosophy as an academic subject. It will also appeal to anyone wanting to sharpen up their thinking skills – and use them: the emphasis is on philosophy in the real world. Prepare to be challenged!
Introducing philosophy: thinking and ethics
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