Litmus Test for Moral Arguments …

If anyone comes up to you and wants to talk about morality, here’s one question that I’ve just thought of that you can use as a rough guide to determine if they know anything about modern moral philosophy:

Do you know what a trolley case is?

If they pass this and go on to claim anything about empathy, ask them this:

How does that relate to the morality of psychopaths and autistics?

If they don’t have any idea how to answer either of these questions, then they don’t know anything about modern moral thought.

(BTW, sorry for the lack of verbosity over the past couple of posts; I’ve been busy lately and don’t have the time to make posts with my normal level of excessive depth and analysis.)

One Response to “Litmus Test for Moral Arguments …”

  1. The Moral Test … « The Verbose Stoic Says:

    […] Don’t understand trolley cases? Then you don’t understand modern moral philosophy, and thus need to look up and think about th… […]

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