Come and hear Philosophy Bites' David Edmonds (co-author of the bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker) talking about his new book Would You Kill the Fat Man? in the Bertrand Russell Room at Conway Hall, London (a short walk from Holborn underground station).
"A lucid account of a famous thought experiment in moral philosophy."--Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review
"Jaunty, lucid and concise. . . . In Would You Kill the Fat Man? David Edmonds . . . a seasoned philosopher, tells the story . . . with wit and panache."--Sarah Bakewell, New York Times Book Review
"David Edmonds's [...] Would You Kill the Fat Man? has the cartoons--and just about everything else you could want in a thoughtful popular treatment of [the trolley problem]. A marvel of economy and learning worn lightly, Mr. Edmonds's book ranges pleasurably back to Aquinas and forward into the future of robots, who will of course need an ethics just as much as people do. Perhaps best of all, Mr. Edmonds recognizes that the origins of 'trolleyology' are at least as interesting as the many philosophical writings, academic exercises and parlor games that have sprung from the original trolley paper, published in 1967 by an English philosopher named Philippa Foot."--Daniel Akst, Wall Street Journal
"An accessible, humorous examination of how people approach complex ethical dilemmas. . . . Written for general readers, the book captures the complexities underpinning difficult decisions."--Publishers Weekly
Tuesday 18th February, 8.45pm- 9.45pm. Tickets will be available on the door, but buy in advance from button below to be sure of a place (35 max). NB If you are attending any of Nigel Warburton's Philosophy: the Basics courses, there is a reduced entry fee of £5. Others, entry £7.50.