Ethics is a branch of philosophy dealing with questions of morality, including justice, virtue and vice, and good and evil

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Question regarding ethics of the human to the dog relationship

I'm in the process of treating an elderly diabetic dog(diabetes in dogs is manifested very closely to the one in humans) and constantly hitting the wall of ethics(in my view) regarding human-dog ...
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What's the difference between Pascal's wager and Pascal's mugging?

I was discussing Pascal's mugging with a friend (a mugger comes up to Pascal, and says give me 5 dollars or I'll use my special powers to kill a billion people in another dimension), and there's ...
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Is the golden rule considered childish in philosophy?

I have heard this a few times before, from some fairly well educated people. I am not too sure how to approach this statement though. I can understand that it is a very simple idea and one that has ...
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Do two moral values exist, such that both imply the other?

Two moral values exist, such that one implies the other. Example: "One should be nice" -> "One should not kill". Do two moral values exist, such that both imply the other? Would two such moral values ...
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Should rape sometimes be legal? [closed]

it was suggested in another discussion Rape and non consensual sex that rape should not always be illegal. we both went to some effort to clarify the point, that they thought that the legal definition ...
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If many people show positivity, is that irrefutable proof of no negativity?

I want to know how we can analyze the number of preferences versus lack of preferences, or dislikes versus likes, and determine if the balance or lack thereof signifies a truly positive affirmation or ...
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How do we deal with future extraterrestrial contacts and their cultures?

When meeting alien civilizations we will be encountering cultures that developed entirely without any contact with us. Let's say we encountered an alien race and they seemed almost exactly like us. ...
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Do you have a right to complain on things you didn't or hadn't taken action on that directly affects you?

This question came from the Politics SE but I was told it didn't fit their format, so I'm bringing this here because I want to hear answers based on morality. So this always comes up when I'm ...
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Rape and non consensual sex

As I understand it [from the papers - i.e. liberal public perception], rape is non-consensual sex when consent is not just lacking, but can be shown to be lacking. Is that right? Is the idea that ...
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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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Question re coexistence of Hellenism (revived during Renaissance) and Christianity in modern Western Culture [closed]

How contemporary Western's culture (and morale in particular) got formed out of two quite contradictory sources: Hellenism (revived during Renaissance) and Christianity - have those contradictions ...
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moral value of dairy products?

Is the consumption of dairy products or eggs compatible with a) the theory of animal rights and b) equal consideration? Ad a) How can a right of ownership be defended, i.e. every animal is owner of ...
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What obligations, if any, still exist after all obligations of a contract are carried out?

Suppose two informed parties agree to terms of a contract and each party carries out their obligations. Does ethics impose any additional implied obligations between the parties? For example: say I ...
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Is doing something that is beneficial for both parties an act of kindness?

I order food. A man makes it. He says it costs $6, and I only have $5. He gives me the food for $5. Is this an act of kindness keeping in mind that the food costs less than $5 originally(to make, ...
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Who are historical proponents of moral anti-realism?

I was wondering about the history of moral anti-realism. It seems to me that realism has been the dominant view since Plato, with anti-realism being given systematic attention only in the last 100 ...
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Ethics/morality of file-sharing: Any noteworthy philosophers written on this?

Have any noteworthy philosophers written about the ethics/morality of file-sharing (bittorrent and what-not)? If so, what are some of their positions? Related but distinct: Is it immoral to download ...
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Is it ever appropriate or reasonable to use pejorative expletives in public discussion?

This is a vague question as stated, and I'm afraid I can only narrow it down by throwing together what I think are related ideas: that there may be a differential use of "f*** you" in a particular ...
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Death penalty or isolation [closed]

If everybody's life is equal in rights, and has the basic same value. Let's say, there was a person who was considered a danger to all people(i.e. Serial killer) and was a harm to himself as well. ...
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what if aliens had diffrent morals

This question is intended for anyone who does not espouse a belief in total "moral relativism." If intelligent aliens existed, would it be our duty to treat them the same way we treat fellow humans? ...
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Is 'with great power comes great responsibility' true? [closed]

I wonder if the quote with great power comes great responsibility is true. If you don't use the power, what's the point of taking responsibility?
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Do people have the right to split off part of a sovereign state?

On one hand we have sovereign nation states with stable, recognised borders. On the other hand there can be groups of people inside them that want to split off to become independent, or join a ...
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Consolation for failure or fear of failure?

What philosophers have specifically explored failure and the fear of failure? What works / passages?
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What philosophical school does Raskolnikov belong to in Crime and Punishment?

At the beginning of the novel, Raskolnikov sees himself as a “superman,” a person who is extraordinary and thus above the moral rules that govern the rest of humanity. His estimation of himself ...
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Could a machine or an AI ever feel genuine human-like emotions?

The question of "Could a machine/AI ever feel genuine human-like emotions"? arises in movies such as Bladerunner, IRobot, Star Trek and A.I among others. What is the philosophical arguement behind why ...
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How should people who don't follow the “golden rule” be treated?

I think the value and effectiveness of the golden rule as guide to ethical conduct is self-evident, so far as the individual is recieving equivalent treatment in return among peers. Yet, I have ...
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Can I assume that “Normative Ethics (Moral theory)” all about “Justice”?

It seems that absolute goodness is impossible to convince or to prove logically other than within religious communities. Q1) Am I thinking right here? If there is no absolute goodness except from ...
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Do human rights exist?

What is the basis for believing that there is such a thing as human rights? I am all for human rights but it could be argued that the notion of human rights is imaginary and reducable to absurdity ...
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Does any ethical theory concern value prioritization?

Please pardon my wordings (a big hurdle for a non-native english speaker) My short knowledge recognizes Kant's system quite unique in the sense that it does not have any materialistic value ...
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Is human exceptionalism justifiable?

This is syntactically a little awkward, but my question is: Is there some objective sense in which the differences, taken in sum, between humans and other animals are greater than the differences ...
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Is C.S. Lewis argument for absolute morality valid?

I just stumbled on this argument from a Christian website that claims it is from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity: The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better than another, you are, ...
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Does racism towards racists count as racism? [closed]

I'm not good at giving examples (at this moment), but I think you can understand what I mean.
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Should ever one ought to believe a proposition that he *knows* to be false?

Has this question ever been discussed in the philosophical literature? An example that comes to mind is a proposition like "I am the best chess player in the world" during a chess match. Arguably, ...
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Should people feel bad when the laugh at the misfortunes of others?

Aristotle wrote, As for Comedy, it is an imitation of men worse than the average; worse, however, not as regards any and every sort of fault, but only as regards one particular kind, the Ridiculous, ...
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What would be considered ethical behavior if decision making was devoid of emotional attachment?

Would human behavior be more or less ethical if decision making was devoid of emotional attachment? There are many different philosophical systems that argue either for or against emotional ...
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What would be the philosophical implications of a solution to the Riemann hypothesis?

In mathematics, the Riemann hypothesis, proposed by Bernhard Riemann (1859), is a conjecture that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function all have real part 1/2. The name is also used for ...
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Is patriotism ethical? [duplicate]

In the 24th lecture of Steven Smiths Political Philosophy class at Yale available on ItunesU, he says that Patriotism is unethical because it implies "a blind deference to tradition" and sums it up in ...
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Is a work ethic, ethical?

Having a work ethic means being disciplined and hard-working amongst other things. But I'm hard-pressed to see this as being part of the notion of ethics in the usual or philosophical sense. Who ...
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Is it unethical for a person to become a doctor because it is a high income profession?

It is posited that the most ethical reason for a person to become a doctor is out of a genuine altruistic desire to help people, in contrast to because it is a profession which pays well. Therefore is ...
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Philosophy of stress?

Is there any interesting philosophy about stress? Being stress free 24 hours a day isn't necessarily a good thing - don't people need a little stress to keep going? We aren't used to a stress free ...
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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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Why is orangutan meat not good to eat?

Many of us, even slightly familiar with ethics, know about Tom Regan and his quest of establishing animal rights with us humans. According to him, vegetarianism is a moral obligation of all people, ...
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Evil thoughts without actions?

Can a thought without a corresponding action be morally wrong? More fully, under which approaches to morality do thoughts, in and of themselves, carry moral significance? In particular I'm looking ...
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Would it be good if everyone was good?

When people meet somebody who hurts us or just behaves in an inappropriate way, we usually think that the world would be so wonderful if all people were good. I know that one can have his own ...
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Lawyers and crimes: moral, work ethics, truth and culpability

If a lawyer that is representing a defendant finds that his client is guilty, how is he supposed to act? Can a lawyer lie or pretend he doesn't know something? Should or could he, morally, try to win ...
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Can Elon Musk & Stephen Hawking's Evil Robot theory be opposed by a loving robot theory?

CNBC recently released an article discussing how Elon Musk & Stephen Hawking fear the machine and the capabilities of AI in robots. The fear is that the robots will evolve to re-code themselves ...
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Is it incumbent upon humanity to look after our planet? [closed]

The science fiction writer Harlan Ellison wrote a story called "Phoenix without Ashes". Upon discovering the destruction of the entire planet, humanity had to build a massive Ark called Earthship Ark ...
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How was arranging the trade of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees possible without “negotiating with terrorists”? [closed]

The United States of America has had a historical policy that they do not "negotiate with terrorists". How was brokering a trade of POWs between opposing sides of the War on Terror possible without ...
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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 ...