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Techne Skillshare Workshop: Trolleyology

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This week’s “Techne” is Introduction to Trolleyology and it will take place on Thursday, August 11th, at the Community Center from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The Trolley Problem is one of the most popular thought experiments in ethics. It is also one of the most philosophical and widespread Internet memes. The story starts:

“A runaway trolley (train) is heading towards five unsuspecting workers. Do you pull a switch to divert the trolley onto another track, where only one man works alone? Or do you do nothing?” https://bit.ly/3vHvZuu

Philosophers use the many variations of this story to elicit our basic judgments about actions that people find to be morally permissible, impermissible, or required. By examining our basic judgments through the trolley problem, we get a deeper understanding of the ethical principles that govern those same judgments. Our goal will be to spell out these ethical principles clearly and evaluate them further.

This way of reasoning is pertinent to fields such as public policy, healthcare, bioethics, ethics of war, criminal justice, but also in machine ethics – be it self-driving vehicles and drones or autonomous robots in general – that is interfacing computer science, social sciences and philosophy. And this list is by no means exhaustive, for many things we do in our everyday life call for ethical reflection. Also, because the idea of the trolley problem is so popular, it is surrounded by many misconceptions. We will raise awareness about some of these misconceptions.

Everyone’s input would be highly welcome.

Arandjel Bojanovic, who studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade, Serbia and currently serves as the chair of the University Apartments Assembly Team, will facilitate this “Techne” workshop on the Trolley Problem.

Feel free to stop by any time during the session.

We will bring some refreshments and snacks.

For all your questions: assemblychair@gmail.com

Please sign up so we know that you are coming and fill out a short poll: https://bit.ly/3zUG0pJ

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August 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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