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Philosophy: the new x-philes, and a new podcast too

By James Crabtree  
not quite so simple

not quite so simple

One of the world’s most famous philosophy conundrums goes something like this:

You’re standing by a railway line when you see a train hurtling towards you, out of control:  the breaks have clearly failed.  Fortunately, the runaway train is approaching a junction with a side spur.  If you flip a switch you can turn the train off the main route and onto this spur, saving five lives.  That’s the good news.  The not-quite-so-good news is that on this side-track another person is tied…

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