Chapter-123-philp-hoareThis chapter poses a familiar ethical dilemma: is it morally acceptable to kill one man in order to save many?

The typhoon abates, new sails are reefed, and Starbuck goes down to Ahab’s cabin to inform the captain that they are back on course. On his way, he sees Ahab’s muskets and picks up the very one which Ahab threatened him some chapters back. And then he conceives what Ishmael describes as “an