Deontology vs Utilitarianism Survey
Answer these nine questions with deontological vs utilitarian moral situations. This is for a capstone project in which I will determine how someone's age affects their ethical beliefs and values. This survey is completely anonymous; all I need to know about you is your age group.
What is your age group? *
You are a superhero defending your city from a villain who has caused havoc and killed many citizens in the past. They keep coming back, and you capture them each time, but you always let them go instead of killing them. You just defeated them once more and could easily kill them. What do you do? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
You and your friend Jim are hanging out at your house when someone knocks on the door. You get up and open the door to reveal an armed man who demands to know where Jim is. What do you do? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
You are on your way to a bakery to get a muffin for breakfast before work. Your friends from work are hungry too, but they did not bring money for muffins. They are already at work without having had breakfast, and you only have enough money to buy yourself a muffin. When you get there, you notice that the worker is engaged in a conversation with a customer. You could easily grab enough muffins for you and your friends and sneak away without paying for them, and you wouldn't get caught. Would you? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
If you hit a stranger with a rock, ten people who need it will be given $100 each. The stranger is unaware of these circumstances. Do you hit them? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
Your parents have promised to take you and your friends out for ice cream if you do well on your test. While taking your test, you see the answer key on the teacher's desk. You could easily read all of the answers if you wanted to. Do you cheat? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
It has been revealed that a bomb located somewhere in your city is set to go off in an hour. There is not enough time for the residents to be evacuated. The terrorist has been identified, but they will not reveal the location of the bomb. If you torture them, they will reveal the bomb's location. Would you torture them? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
Suppose that even when tortured, the terrorist refuses to give up the location of the bomb. However, if you torture their ten-year-old child in front of him, he will give up the location. Would you torture the ten-year-old? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
A runaway trolley is speeding down the tracks. It is headed straight towards five workers, and the will be killed if hit by the trolley. However, if you pull a lever you can divert the trolley onto another set of tracks that one person is standing on. What do you do? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
Current events: a sometimes fatal virus with no cure is rampant worldwide. If everyone stays at home, it will prevent people from getting sick, but the majority of people would be harmed as they would not be able to work. What do you do? *
Optional but helpful: Why would you choose that option?
Your answer
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