The Drowning Child

Based on the philosophic game The Drowning Child by Philosophy Experiments

This philosophic game is based on the article The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle by Peter Singer in which he describes a series of possible situations between you and a drowning child, except for the last one.

As you played the games, reflect on the processes you used to arrive at ethical judgements.

  • When you answer the questions, to what extent did you use reason, emotion or other ways of knowing when you made your judgements?

To make my judgements I was affected by my reason, emotions and imagination. This is due to the fact that I base my judgments in the idea that if I was in the child's situation how I would wanted to be treated, which is a rational idea, but with an emotional background, and that needs imagination to be made. My rationality knows that drown is not good; my emotions makes me feel empathy for the child; my imagination allows me to image myself in his (or hers) situation and how I would like to be treated.

  • When you answered the questions, in what ways did your perspective affected your judgements?

My judgements were affected, especially, by my Christian perspective because of the Great Commandment Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

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