This evening, I’m heading to Cambridge where I’m taking part in a Cambridge Union debate on the motion ‘This House Would Kill One to Save Many’. Also debating are Professor Julian Savulescu from the University of Oxford, the prolific philosopher, writer and podcaster Nigel Warbuton, Professor Alexandra Tanensini from Cardiff, Charlotte Knowles from Birbeck, and Lucy Yu, who is head of innovation and New Mobility Services at the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (and who, I imagine, has a professional interest in the problems of speeding vehicles and imperilled members of the public that most of us do not).
It should be a fun and interesting evening, although I’m hoping that we won’t spend the entire evening talking about the famous trolley problem. I have to confess in advance that I don’t really know whether I would or wouldn’t kill one to save many. Nor am I wholly convinced that the debate format is much more than a weird form of entertainment. But hopefully it will be possible to derail things for long enough to allow in some interesting thoughts.
Anyway, I’ll post something about it all after the event over on my (currently rather inactive) Wayward Philosophy blog, and link to it from here.