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I was afraid of the "it's in the book" response. Now I've got to wait until 6 October. Looking forward to it.
Interesting discussion. However, I am unconvinced that the Doctrine of Double Effect (DDE) explains the difference in intuitions. In particular, I can't understand how the DDE would explain our intuitions in the looping variant, as discussed in Thomson's article, "The Trolley Problem". Imagine the trolley is hurtling towards the five workers who are working on a loop. If you flip the switch, the trolley will go the other way around the loop, hitting a very fat man who will stop the train before it gets to the workers. Most people believe you should pull the switch. However, it seems to me that you are intentionally killing the fat man. Any thoughts?
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