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Ethics of Using an Experience Machine/Going Against Someone's Wishes for Their Own Good

Similar to the question of Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable? Robert Nozick has argued against pure hedonism as a means to happiness based on the fact that a person ...
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Is it possible to act unethically against oneself?

Usually discussions of practical/applied ethics (which this site really needs a tag for, by the way) discuss matters in which a person's actions will have an effect on others. However, is there ever a ...
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Is a violation of intellectual honesty unethical?

Is someone who is not intellectually honest doing something unethical, or merely untruthful? Is any form of dishonesty always unethical, even methodological dishonesty? (i.e. not thinking a problem ...
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Can a dogmatic person engage in intellectually honest inquiry?

Can someone fooling themselves still be intellectually dishonest? Certain people may be dogmatic theists and believe that 'D' (for dogma) is true, and would really believe that D is true no matter ...
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Can Rawls justify eugenics?

Rawls seems partial to the idea of eugenics, as perhaps this is the corollary of the difference principle. Am I correct in this understanding? I refer to p.92 of A Theory of Justice (1999): In the ...
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Plagiarism problem

I have two exactly similar essays from my students. By the rules they should fail the class. But they claim that it's just coincidence. Taking into consideration the fact, that there is nonzero ...
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Should journalistic ethics apply to anyone who publishes

I have a claim: If someone writes in a manner that suggests they are an authority it seems clear that they have a responsibility to investigate and understand their topic to a certain standard. This ...
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How can domain modeling practice benefit from metaphysical ideas?

In software development, there is an activity called domain modeling, by which the developer creates a representation of the problem domain using some language (ultimately a programming language). ...
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How is philosophy useful? Examining the practical, impactful, real-life benefits of getting a degree in philosophy

It is often asked, "What is the practical use of philosophy?" or "How will learning about philosophy impact real-life?" It is easy to see why there is such mystery surrounding the topic. Most schools ...
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How does one tell apart left from right?

I can look at one hand and know (not necessarily immediately) that "This is my left hand". How do I know this? (How can I be so successful at judging this?) This question is inspired by the classic ...
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What is the practical use of philosophy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is philosophy useful? Examining the practical, impactful, real-life benefits of getting a degree in philosophy What is the practical use of philosophy? How could ...
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How can I effectively apply philosophy to the business world?

In my graduate experiences, especially in the philosophy of technology, I saw that far too much philosophy is designed to be consumed by other philosophers. As a pragmatist, I am always interested in ...