This Land Was Made For You and Me

R. Dr. Asher Meir writes: The Torah emphasizes in many places a positive, welcoming approach to the stranger or immigrant. Indeed, this attitude is described as one of the foremost lessons of our exile in Egypt. For instance, it is forbidden to take advantage of the alien’s vulnerability: And don’t oppress the stranger nor pressure […]

Follow-Up to a Footnote On Philippa Foot and the Fat Man

Our previous post cited Philippa Foot‘s discussion of “the story, well known to philosophers, of the fat man stuck in the mouth of the cave”: A party of potholers has imprudently allowed the fat man to lead them as they make their way out of the cave, and he gets stuck, trapping the others behind […]

Foot and the Fat Man, Terrible Trolleys, and Threatening Tyrants

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas is credited with introducing the principle of double effect in his discussion of the permissibility of self-defense in the Summa Theologica (II-II, Qu. 64, Art.7). Aquinas was struggling to reconcile the law of בא במחתרת with various Christian teachings that seem to forbid homicidal self-defense, as […]