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Video: How to Define the "Right Thing" to Do?

Michael Sandel, teaches political philosophy at Harvard and held this interesting talk about how to figure out what the right thing to do is, especially in tricky situations with contradictory parameters.

For example, if you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do?

As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white.

This fascinating talk sure gives fodder for thought and inspires to think more deeply about how we define morality and moral behavior, which then, in many cases, is the basis for laws and their interpretation.

From TED:

Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human life worth? In the "Justice" program that bears his name, Harvard professor Michael Sandel probes these questions -- and asks what you think, and why.

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