Double Degree with Philosophy: mini-lecture Katharina Bauer

Start date

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 17:00

End date

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 18:00

Campus Woudestein

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About the lecture: What a dilemma! – Moral Dilemmas

Sometimes we say that someone only has a choice “between plague and cholera”. He or she is stuck in a dilemma. If the choice between two alternative courses of action will lead you to moral failure no matter which of the alternative you choose, we can describe such a situation as a moral dilemma. However, sometimes it depends on the moral theory that we use in order to evaluate the case, whether the situation really has to be regarded as an unsolvable dilemma or whether there is a way to solve the moral conflict. Current discussions on moral philosophy sometimes abound in constructing more and more complicated dilemma cases that serve to show the limits of different moral theories: Jim can either shoot an Indian or watch how 20 Indians are killed by Pedro. Heinz can either steal a drug or let his wife die. And there are innumerable variations of the so called “trolley case”. In this lecture, we will critically discuss the definition of a moral dilemma, as well as different exemplary cases, and their role in debates on moral agency.