Discussion 2 applied ethics

Think of this as a discussion that we may have in the classroom, except that we are doing it online over a week. You are expected to respond to the discussion prompt with your initial post by 11:59 PM on Day 4. After submitting your initial post, provide 2 response posts, on 2 separate days. For example, if you submit your initial post on Day 4, you will submit a response post on 2 different days after Day 4. All posts need to be submitted no later than Day 7.

All posts should be thoughtful, respectful, and add substantive value to the discussion. One or two sentences is not a substantive response. All posts should be written using full sentences in paragraph form. The use of philosophical concepts, wherever relevant, is highly recommended to earn full points. Please provide both in-text citations and post-text references. Do not bother claiming that you did not provide in-text citations and post-text references because everything came from your head. You are required to include textual evidence for your claims.

Discussion Prompt

For this discussion, I want you to reflect upon a scene in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The scenario’s plot in the clip can be described as follows:

Two large ferries are leaving Gotham: one full of criminals, the other occupied by innocent citizens. Imagine that you are on the boat full of innocent citizens. The two boats suddenly lose all power, and it becomes clear that both are wired with deadly explosives. Detonators are discovered on each ferry, and they will set off the explosives on the other ship. The Joker’s voice comes over the loudspeaker of the ferries, and he announces that he is performing a “social experiment”. One ferry’s passengers must press its detonator’s button and destroy the other boat by midnight, or else the Joker will explode both boats.

What should you do as a passenger on the boat full of innocent citizens? If one were to push the button and blow up the prisoners, what might that say about their character? Is pushing the button the morally right thing to do in this case?

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