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Is there any moral reasoning behind punishment?

Usually when someone does something bad they get punished. There are a few reasons for this, e.g. Them not doing it again or other people not doing in the first place. I was wondering if there is a ...
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What is one’s incentive to be moral?

Assuming there is no afterlife, or whatever afterlife there is does not depend on the morality of my actions in this life, what is one’s incentive to be moral given basic rational self-interest is ...
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Why does poverty still exist in the world that discovered advanced technologies? [closed]

For example some individuals may say 'a poor life of an individual is because that he doesn't work enough'. The world advanced as much as inventing many advanced technologies such as gun, calculator, ...
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Is the Categorical Imperative Simply Bad Math? :)

The title is clickbait, but the question is not. First, The Categorical Imperative: Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law. ...
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Which specific branch of philosophy defines the 'realness' of something?

One or two years ago I read an article about what was termed a newer branch of philosophy that examined not only what was real, but what took precedence in importance in certain areas depending on ...
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Morality of perpetuating a "bad" system by doing something "good" within it

I could live and marginally improve other people's lives in a country with an authoritarian, oppressive regime. While doing so, I will pay taxes and will generally increase the chances that this ...
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Is society deliberately limiting opportunities for a segment of the population to provide workers? [closed]

Whether deliberate or not, given that society needs people to do unpleasant jobs, there must be a way to induce people to take such jobs. People who do such jobs do not make enough money to educate ...
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Does this difficulty with philosophical enquiry compared with natural sciences still exist?

I've just started Hume's "A Treatise on Human Nature" and in the first chapter he speaks of a difficulty faced by philosophers, that physical scientists don't face. The problem being that ...
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I know Survival of the fittest is realistic. But is it morally ethical?

Survival for the fittest and extinction for the weakest. I know that should be the way. But ethically if you think about it just because it happens in reality, does that statement make it morally ...
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Are there always non-moral reasons to act morally?

Consider a situation where one would not suffer social sanctions for being immoral (maybe nobody knows he is doing something wrong, or maybe society is ok with it). Are there any non-moral reasons to ...
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Evil Force in The Second Sex mentioned by Simone de Beauvoir

So I am reading The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvior. In page 30, she writes the following, which confuses me. Indeed, beside every individual’s claim to assert himself as subject—an ethical claim—...
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Can we say that human beings are behaving more and more like machines?

In all societies people complied to some behavioral expectation. In the middle age for instance people felt that they were assigned by God their position in society, and they would comply to the ...
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Is religious fundamentalism necessarily irrational? [closed]

By religious fundamentalism I mean any system of belief that thinks the truth to be the literal reading of a text revealed by an omniscient being. By irrational I mean being not being based upon ...
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Are there models that seeks to explain and predict ethical phenomenons?

Are there models that seeks to explain and predict ethical phenomenons? By models, I mean something like a scientific model. Is there anything like that or did we choose to not use any mathematical ...