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Questions tagged [practical-ethics]

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Does history provide support for moral objectivism?

I must say this was thoroughly entertaining: The Lizard People Of Alpha Draconis 1 Decided To Build An Ansible - Scott Alexander https://www.lesswrong.com/s/zfXAcwLnGocsCsriG/p/...
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What does “service” mean in Bubeck's feminist ethics of care

Bubeck thus distinguishes care from “service”, by stipulating that “care” involves meeting the needs for others who cannot meet their needs themselves, whereas “service” involves meeting the needs ...
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Does antinatalism carry the seeds of its own destruction?

Antinatalists claim that it is immoral to procreate. For instance: David Benatar argues there is an asymmetry between pleasure and pain, which means it would be better for humans not to have ...
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How do we define a bad person?

Considering the following facts; Some fundamental vices of human nature like greed, ignorance, lust, or the seven sins are inherent in a human which are there for not his/her choice. We don't know ...
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Would the opacity of everyday motivations seriously undermine Kantian CI?

Would the opacity of everyday motivations seriously undermine Kantian categorical imperative (CI)? I tend not to use the CI when deciding what is moral, and partly because I'm not sure I know what my ...
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Are any ethicists totally unconcerned with the other side of the story?

Are any ethicists totally unconcerned with the other side of the story? So allow me to write up an example. David is fat, I mean morbidly obese. And David keeps stealing all Mary's food then ...
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An intriguing definition of Morality

The definition of morality is a topic that is heavily debated in philosophy. In this post, I will provide a possible definition of morality and will try to argue why the definition is generalized and ...
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Compelling example of difference between intended consequences and foreseen but unintended consequences?

I am trying to get inside the head of individuals who believe that there is a difference between acting in such a way that someone's death foreseeably results from your actions, but that this was not ...
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Is it moral to obey the law?

To be clear, I am not asking if laws are moral, or even a good approximation for a moral system. We understand that there can be moral laws and immoral laws. For example, the law prohibiting murder is ...
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Can one pursue humanistic goals while being a successful entrepreneur? [closed]

I have read books from Erich Fromm and others and I gathered understanding of what a human being is capable of (in a good way). In relation to work, it's being creative, in the true sense of the word. ...
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Who else has explored the ‘cad problem’?

Is there anything in philosophy (presumably ethics) that specifically explores what I’ve called the “cad problem”. Simply put, how should an individual (or a distinct group) that focuses on self ...
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Practical ethics: Uploading a soft-paywalled paper? [closed]

Practical question Entirely hypothetical question of ethics here. Wanting to know what the great ethicists would say. There's a paper concerning a particular topic of math I'm interested in. The ...
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Moral judgments: practicality and objectivity. Two incompatible features?

I'm reading Sabina Lovibond's book "Ethical Formation". She writes that moral judgments seem to possess two features: Practicality and Objectivity. Some philosophers think that these two features are ...
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Truth and Half Truth-Do both exist?

A student appears for an examination and while solving a problem, he begins with the correct assumptions but loses track of the problem in the middle and ends up with a wrong answer. He is given 50% ...
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Showing the mirror…Giving a dressing down…Is it really required in life?

Do we really need to show the mirror to those who have done wrong and give them a dressing down for their actions? My question is limited to our professional behaviour. Where do we stop-ignore it or ...
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In bioethics, are the harms that arise secondary to the failure to treat a violation of the Principle of Non-Maleficence?

I am trying to understand the principles relevant to a particular bioethics scenario. For simplicity, I will describe it as follows: A doctor refuses to treat a patient suffering from an illness ...
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Should you ethically have rights on ideas you give away for free?

Imagine the case that you do an unpaid internship for a company and in one of your meetings you give them an idea for a future working direction. Later you leave company and continue you professional ...
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Is it unethical, according to Kant, to break copyright and pirate books online?

I live in Bangladesh. In my country, I don't get authentic, high quality foreign books about science, philosophy, psychology etc. Even if some bookstores sell those books, the price due to import tax ...
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I trust people, why should it change?

I trust people. For the small things in life, it helps me, definitely, but when it comes to larger things it is an issue. For instance I recently started to search if I could buy a house. I am not ...
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Is it ethical to confess?

Suppose I have been cheating on my spouse, and I realized that it was wrong from an utilitarian PoV, considering that there is large possibility of the total good being reduced if I'm exposed. So, I ...
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Is it ethical to save tigers?

From a utilitarian point of view, is it ethical to save tigers by creating sanctuaries and criminalizing poaching, when such tigers are known to violently attack humans? Also, one strain of response ...
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Value for money [closed]

Is there a point at which value for money as a concept becomes a folly? For example at what point does the press's clammer for cheaper energy bills means that investment in key infrastructure falls to ...
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What are good arguments against the moral case for vegetarianism?

There is a strong utilitarian case for a pragmatic type of vegetarianism, based on the idea that eating meat usually causes suffering and that it is wrong to needlessly make something suffer. See this ...
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How should journalists report about unpublished studies?

In recent times it has become more and more commonplace for journalists to present the results from studies which have not been published or peer-reviewed – without any reservations or warnings. ...
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Is there any situation where lying by omission would be considered ethical?

Lying by omission is a deliberate choice to hide or withhold some relevant information that would influence the decision process of another party. In other words: "I know you would probably take ...
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Why aren't there fundamental duties?

Why is there no discussion of fundamental duties, as there is of fundamental human rights in both political and academic circles? The only duties(enacted as laws) seem to be about protecting others' ...
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Ethics when breaking non written rule occurs

Breaking non written rules happens all the time. This happens mostly in our private lives and close social circles, which is main source of anger for common peoples. For example, mother gives a ...
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Moral Fluidity and Ethics [closed]

Everyone has a self serving moral fluidity that bends to ease their own conscience. What it the purpose of morality if it exists only to be bent or broken?
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What is the common term for “Zeigzigler's Philosophy”?

I went to a charity event recently, and the chair stood up and said My son is autistic, and I believe in Zeigzigler's Philosophy. That if you do good things to other people, they'll do good things ...
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Within a utilitarian framework, how should I handle research where I don't know whether it is ethical?

Let me start with an example. Let's assume I'm a computer scientist working on autonomous, human-like (at least in some aspects) artificial intelligence, which is expected to interact with humans, ...
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Why should one philosophize instead of acting?

I was recently discussing the idea of beauty with one of my colleagues and how beauty should be defined. He brought up the fact that nowadays many beauty standards are set by the media, which ...
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How would Szasz reply to the claim that cognitive problems aren't always one's own fault?

How would Szasz reply to the claim that cognitive problems aren't always one's own fault? It seems only reasonable to claim that. It seems to me that saying otherwise is close to the claim that we ...
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What is feminist care ethics?

I've heard the term thrown around, but I haven't gotten a good explanation of the core tenets of that particular branch of ethics. Can anyone explain, in plain English, what it is?
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What should I do when i find neither pro or con compelling in regards to a practical action?

I don't find any of the arguments for veganism compelling, and neither do I find any of the arguments against veganism compelling either. Since making no choice about what to eat would mean death, how ...
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Can we be ethical and still deny someone a health procedure or treatment, even if the procedure or treatment is necessary?

Recently, I have been getting in conversations with people who are politically active. The main discussion point I find myself struggling to be able to answer is the ethics of single-payer health care ...
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Is there a reason, to give scholar or students in universities more (or less) freedom of speech, than to regular people?

John Stuart Mill once argued, that the only reason to limit one's action is to prevent harm to others (so called harm-principle). The same principle can be applied to freedom of speech: One could ...
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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?

Slavoj Žižek is generally viewed as controversial. But in watching a recent video made by him, he had a good point about us lengthening the pain of others. For example, he argues that "good" slave ...
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Is it unethical to cheat at solitaire? [closed]

When I play solitaire by myself (physical cards), I often cheat. That is, I get to the point where I would be stuck and I don't end the game. Instead, I move a card in a manner inconsistent with ...
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Does philosophy matter to personal life?

When I was studying philosophy, I sometimes asked my fellow students how studying philosophy affected their personal life. The answer I got was usually either "I haven't really thought about that" or "...
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Is it more ethical to neuter cats than to let kittens be born and released outdoors when grownup?

This is about ethical requirements/duties versus practical constraints of people who keep stray cats as pets. This question and its discussion may be extended to stray dogs kept as pets, but ...
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Does Sartre ever talk about irrelevance?

Does Sartre ever talk about authenticity in terms of irrelevance? I think that authenticity means (amongst other things) both being irrelevant and failing to act: that membership of a group which ...
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Belonging as a virtue

I'm interested in any values that stand up without being grounded in God or immortality; but which are achievable potentials. Does anyone in (analytic or not) philosophy claim that there is an ethic ...
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The problem with infinite regression in the argument about “why we should go vegan”

Animal rights groups are always trying to pursue others to go vegan. One argument goes like this: Animals want to live, and they have the right to live, thus we should not harm animals as that ...
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What makes a question other than its expression?

Outside on meta a few oddballs are asking about questions on stack exchange e.g. me hah I think we can agree that a questioning mind can be have negative value (e.g. motivated or full to brim with ...
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Are some “right actions” not productive of the greatest happiness for the greatest number?

The question refers to utilitarianism and I received it during my ethics class. I need to critically evaluate this by referring to 3 global examples. I don't really know what example I could give ...
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Is there a categorical impertaive against humour?

I understand it in the formulation: will only whatever you can will for everyone without [logical] contradiction. If everyone kept telling jokes after a bit nothing would be funny. So do we have an ...
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Should I send the money back?

I have a moral dilemma. A large expensive item was purchased from Amazon. Being damaged on delivery, it was sent back, and Amazon ordered a replacement at no additional charge. After considerable ...
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Bibliography on Ethics in Science

Can you please recommend basic bibliography for an introduction to ethics in science ? In particular, if it is clear that there is a project that looks interesting, but clearly it might be used for ...
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What would Socrates have said if the trolley problem was asked to him?

Imagine a situation a wagon carrier asked to Socrates a variation of the Trolley Problem. What will be the Socrates' answer in terms of being just and being a good man?
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Is the age of Tristan Kurilla (10 year old charged with homicide) relevant to his trial

One of the top news stories today is that of Tristan Kurilla, a fifth-grader from Pennsylvania, who is being charged with criminal homicide after beating a woman to death. Kurilla is currently being ...