One of the goals of the workshop is to get people to think beyond their preconceived ideas. The participants are presented with a worksheet that asked them to consider the question “In a nations self defense is it acceptable to harm one person, or a few innocent people, in order to save the lives of many people?”
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Each section of the paper has an acceptable or not acceptable side. It is further divided by more questions such as What are the major ethical arguments for and against each side? What information/research might we need to support or dispute these arguments?
By working through this process the participants are able to work their way to an informed opinion based on facts and a better understanding of the other person's point of view. For more information about the Philosophers-Citizen workshops and seminars you can visit http://www.pasadena.edu/phil-cit/