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Why is it that mimicking some cultures/races is more socially acceptable than others? [on hold]

Okay, so hear me out. If I were to mimic a Chinese persons accent and facial expressions, then discuss a food like 'dim sims', it would be considered hurtful and racist by many. If I were to draw a ...
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Where is the line between “need” and “greed”? [closed]

"Greed" is an ethics question (in my mind), and this seems the closest Stack Exchange forum for ethics questions. This is also my first question, so I expect lots of corrections. I hear of socio-...
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Why do some people lie? [closed]

Some people lie about such insignificant stuff, like what they had for lunch, or say that they were sleeping when they were actually watching TV. Why do they do this? Has this ever been studied, and ...
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Does anti-discrimination contradict free will?

Does anti-discrimination imposed by laws, or as a universally held position and imposed by society, contradict the idea of free will? Take for example: In a business context, choosing to not ...
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Is there injustice in division of labour?

The division of labour is a "micro-level" as well as a societal phenomenon. It means that different individuals are "coerced" into doing different parts of larger projects and that the labour is ...
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What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?

A personal question: As an Arab-American, I try to maintain my children's ties to Arab culture and the Arabic language, going out of my way to make sure that they speak Arabic fluently, and sending ...
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Where is the line drawn between immoral inactivity and a simple lack of action?

I've heard a lot about the supposed evils about not voting/voting for a 3rd party in recent political discussion here in the States. The reasoning seems to posit that (e.g.) in the Trump/Hillary race, ...
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Was Kierkegaard racist?

From his Fear and Trembling, People commonly travel around the world to see rivers and mountains, new stars, birds of rare plumage, queerly deformed fishes, ridiculous breeds of men – they ...
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Justifying Sports (and perhaps entertainment, too)

It is a very common opinion in my circles to either hate sports or invalidate it as a form of entertainment. None of them play sports, and those who do/did don't/didn't enjoy the experience. Now I've ...
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Is it unfair for the rich to pay more total taxes ( not by percentage ) than the poor? [closed]

Is there a compelling ethical argument why the rich ought to pay more in income taxes than the poor? For the purposes of this discussion let's assume "the rich" legally earned their wealth through ...
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Has atheism answered this criticism of the moral philosophy “do as you would be done by”?

Many atheists who recognise society's need for a moral philosophy propose that the soundest workable one is "do as you would be done by". (Nicolas Walter, Colin Ward.) This philosophy is open to the ...
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How might you apply John Rawls' theory of justice as fairness to the issue of privacy and security?

I'm a bit confused about how to apply John Rawls' theory of Justice as Fairness to the issue of privacy/security. Which statement below is correct? Justice as Fairness does not justify a decrease in ...
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Psychology: Why do people project? [closed]

I don't understand the Defense Mechanism of Projection that people do. I mean, why telling someone they lie when you are the one lying? Why accusing them of what they haven't done but it's what you ...
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Social Constructivism: What is Co-Constructivism?

I know that co-constructivism is a branch of Social Constructivism, but what is it exactly? I've been told that Co-constructivism is very similar to Soft Technological Determinism, however I don't ...
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How would Luck Egalitarianism handle the transfer of wealth from parent to child in regards to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all people?

I was curious about the topic of what effect the passing of family wealth has equal opportunity, so I looked up a philosophy related to equal opportunity, and I found Luck Egalitarianism. I'll admit I ...
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How does one argue for “helping others” without any religious context?

I was having a political discussion with roots in philosophy, where I was explaining an idea for a government program which would enforce equal opportunities for children who have poor / parentally ...
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Is Fatherhood among humans really natural? [closed]

I read in a book and have heard this argument by many social scientists that Fatherhood was an invention by humans during the time when we first started living as societies. This was presumably in ...
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If the atoms of a person's body change every x number of years, should the person be prosecuted today for a crime that he/she committed x years ago?

I saw this question somewhere in the Internet(I forgot the source) and I think this forum is a good place to ask it. According to what I know, the atoms in a persons body are replaced every certain ...
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Discerning among ethics, morality, principles, virtues, and etiquette

Although I have studied these terms in my own language, could anyone possibly explain them in such a way that I could differentiate between them better. I have not gotten their basic difference in a ...
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What makes a conversation fun/satisfying? [closed]

You can easily say whether you enjoyed a conversation, but what makes you enjoy it? Some people I asked defined it as getting new information, but if someone talks about feeding their frog, I couldn't ...
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Is our general level of abstraction in ethics hypocritical?

We have come to discover that a high level of serotonin (the leadership chemical, and what falls during depression) improves one's ability to think abstractly. Some of our greatest gains in thinking ...
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Is arguing about “death sentence” in a dichotomic way a formal error? [closed]

Often people are trying to show that death sentence is good and useful, while some other are arguing to show the opposite. But reality is complex. If we would like to describe it with a mathematical ...
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Is it ethical to clear and clean the home of an extreme hoarder against his will?

Is it ethical to clear and clean the home of an extreme hoarder against his will? He's an old man, ill in hospital, and badly injured by the part-collapse of his home. He has also been neglecting ...
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Thought-experiment: pick a criminal from a lineup [closed]

This is my first post in philosophy.stackexchange, so hello! First, I would like to ask whether the audience thinks my question below is appropriate here, or if it is merely an opinion question. To me,...
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What are the differences between morals and ethics? [duplicate]

What are the differences between morals and ethics? Are morals standards of behaviour that everybody in a certain group can agree on or is that an ethical code of behaviour? To the Vikings doing the '...
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Does 'morality' make sense in the context of finite existence? [closed]

If you believe you become completely non-existent after your death, is there any meaning or value to living morally? If one believes in a finite existence, why is it wrong to try to acquire a lot of ...
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Should I use people's Facebook photos unauthorized and anonymously? [closed]

I'm a computer scientist trying to implement a smile detection algorithm, and for that, I need a lot of face images to train my algorithm. My question is, is it ethical to download people's Facebook ...
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Embryo stem cells and the concept of “person”

I have to do a very good,clear and simple presentation on embryo stem cells so that everyone can understand. I have done the part of biology regarding this cells but I have to do the part that regards ...
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What are the ethical consequences of a citizen self reporting society?

I read this article about police asking people to tweet pictures of parking violations so that they can accrue fines. Extending the abilities of the policing agents of society through tips by ...
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Equality Awareness (for minorities, LGBT, women, etc.)

Recently there has been a facebook campaign to raise awareness of the struggle for LGBT equality, whereby facebook users change their profile pictures to an "equal" sign. This campaign seems to be ...
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What optical features do we use to distinguish “life” from “non-life”?

Let's first define "living". A living thing is an object that shares some traits with other living things, e.g. it has a metabolism, it has been "born" (in the broadest sense, including cell division ...
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Is it moral to lie to the populace for their own good?

There is a discussion in the History arm of StackExchange that got sidetracked into the merit of brainwashing society for their own good, as advocated in Plato's Republic. IMO that side track deserves ...
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Would it be immoral to duplicate food to resolve world hunger, if food and recipes were copyrighted?

In today's world, copyrighted digital content is considered illegal by most nation's law, and immoral by some as stealing. Digital Content is duplicated through millions of 1's and 0's. There is no ...
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What are the ethical considerations regarding cannibalism?

Cannibalism is generally frowned upon in most of today's societies1. On the other hand, it has happened quite a bit in times of difficulty, and famine aside it was simply common practice in some ...
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What evidence is there that Arrows Theorem manifests itself in democracies?

Arrows impossibility theorem states: no rank-order voting system can be designed that satisfies these three "fairness" criteria: a. If every voter prefers alternative X over alternative Y, ...
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How should the fair distribution of some goods depend on other-regarding preferences?

I am a welfare economist, working on fairness in economics, and I would like your opinion on some distributional dilemma. Suppose we have the following situation: A country is endowed with some ...
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Which philosophers talk about social power structures?

Can anyone recommend philosophers that are concerned with what structures power relationships in society, particularly in workplaces? I know that Foucault's work was concerned with this in ...
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Should uncontacted peoples have a right to privacy?

I've been reading some of the wikis about the uncontacted peoples of the world and the often repeated attempts to establish contact with a a number of them even after being rebuffed (sometimes ...
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What is the intrinsic difference between freedom of speech and freedom of deeds?

What are philosophical reasons for approving of freedom of speech but not of freedom of deeds? If teasing the others by speech is allowed, why not by deeds? If freedom of deeds is wrong, then why ...
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Why should almost extinct animals be protected from going extinct?

The feeling that it's "sad" if a species dies out seems to be coming from an aesthetic point of view how the world should be. But is there a rationality behind it? The only rational reason I was ...