Chinese and Westerners Respond Differently to the Trolley Dilemmas

Journal of Cognition and Culture 12 (3-4):195-201 (2012)
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Torbjörn Tännsjö
Stockholm University
Henrik Ahlenius
Stockholm University
Abstract
A set of moral problems known as The Trolley Dilemmas was presented to 3000 randomly selected inhabitants of the USA, Russia and China. It is shown that Chinese are significantly less prone to support utility-maximizing alternatives, as compared to the US and Russian respondents. A number of possible explanations, as well as methodological issues pertaining to the field of surveying moral judgment and moral disagreement, are discussed.
Keywords Trolley dilemmas  cultural differences  moral disagreement  trolley problem
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DOI 10.1163/15685373-12342073
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