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As Philippa Foot described in her landmark text Aristotle Got There First, the great Greek philosopher once came upon the scene of a disaster in the making: A trolley was racing down the track toward a bus filled with nineteen members of Athens' Mensa club. As it reached a junction where one throw of a switch would send it hurtling down another track, where only one person, a kindly old station agent for the railroad, would be killed, Aristotle arrived to find Jeremy Bentham and Immanuel Kant locked in a deadly struggle. Bentham was shouting, "You have to save as many as you can!" as he grappled with the German, who grunted out a reply, "No, no! Never use anyone as a mere means to an end!"While both were distracted, Aristotle bravely stepped in front of the trolley, sacrificing his own life to save twenty innocents. It was the fitting conclusion to a glorious philosophical career.
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