Jose Drost-Lopez

Dilemma after death: when the truth is harmful

In Movies on September 24, 2011 at 1:34 am

Some philosophers have a great excuse to watch movies: stories help explore moral dilemmas. Here’s a dilemma from the trailer for the movie Margaret (my summary below):

A bus driver flirts with you for a few seconds while driving, causing him/her to hit and kill a pedestrian at the crosswalk. On a guilty and sympathetic impulse, you tell investigators that the traffic light was green, but it was actually red. You find out the bus driver takes care of a family and is a decent person. Do you correct your testimony, even though the driver will lose his/her job and be charged with a crime? Or do you let your lie stand and try to forget the whole thing?



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