Law and Moral Dilemmas

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 @ 12:00pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
Apr 11
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 @ 12:00pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

If your self-driving Volvo suddenly must decide whether to swerve into one pedestrian in order to avoid crashing into five others, what should it do? 

The thought experiment known as the “trolley problem,” long invoked in controversies from bioethics to capital punishment to climate change, has enjoyed a recent surge of attention, thanks to its uncanny resemblance to choices that driverless cars may have to face.  

In this lecture, Professor Bert Huang will report findings from randomized experiments he has conducted, addressing this basic question: Can our intuitions about such moral dilemmas be influenced by the presence of the law? 

The findings call for further inquiry into the possible feedback loops between our moral intuitions and the law, as well as into the potential mechanisms of the law’s halo:  Do people sometimes look to the law as a source of moral guidance, and if so, when?

A non-pizza lunch will be served.
 

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