Michael Munger on How Adam Smith Solved the Trolley Problem

EconTalk | 18 September 2023 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Munger about his article Adam Smith Discovered (and Solved!) the Trolley Problem. Argues that Adam Smith anticipated and answered the classic trolley thought experiment about diverting a runaway trolley to save five people, at the expense of killing an innocent person. Along the way, discusses effective altruism, the moral claims of Peter Singer, what the trolley problem really tells us, if anything, and how our moral choices differ according to context.

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