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Would You Shank a Fat Man to Save a Single Mother of Two Children?

The following is an excerpt from Professor Michael Sandel's latest lecture:

"See, all of modern morality can be reduced to the trolley problem. We've all heard the age-old problem: what if there is a trolley running along the tracks, and it will kill five people. However, you can pull a lever to change the tracks and have the trolley run over one person, but save the five. What is the morally correct thing to do?"

[At this point Sandel walked over to a window and began to stare through the slightly foggy glass at a developing rainstorm.]

Michael Sandel’s Thanksgiving Meal Ends in Open-Ended Questions, Ethical Dilemmas

On Thursday, the Sandel family’s Thanksgiving meal ended in heated arguments and hard feelings after Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, brought up a number of philosophical quandaries at the dinner table.

The celebration began to go off the rails when the family went around the table to say what they were thankful for this year. When his turn arrived, the political philosopher mused, “Maybe there are some things we shouldn’t be thankful for.”

Michael Sandel Offers Course to Future Consultants' Former Souls

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, announced Thursday that he will offer a course to the former souls of future consultants.
 
Sandel, who formerly taught "Justice" and now teaches "Money, Markets, and Morals", will begin offering a course titled "Ethical Reasoning 66: Effective Altruism's Effects" this fall to help sold-out souls cope.