New York Times - Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

New York Times

Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

June 20th, 2014

ON June 20, 2003, employees of the Union Pacific Railroad faced a difficult decision as a runaway train headed toward downtown Los Angeles: Should they divert the train to a side track, knowing it would derail and hit homes in the less populated city of Commerce, Calif.? Did the moral imperative to minimize overall harm outweigh the moral imperative not to intentionally harm an innocent suburb?...

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