Stoic q&a: Would Epictetus save his mother or two strangers?

[image: the classic trolley dilemma, WikiCommons; this is essay #312 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

C. Writes: I just finished reading Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar. It is a collection of profiles of people who go to extreme length to help strangers. The title comes from a thought experiment discussed at the beginning of the book — “Should you save your mother from drowning, or two strangers?”