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What taxonomy of responsibility would Aristotle posit between loyalty to the state and kinship/friendship?

In a recent discussion section, the question was posed about hierarchies of responsibility between kinship/friendship and the state. Ignoring for a moment the argument that Ted Kaczinsky could have ...
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Evaluating between seemingly logical, yet contradicting, arguments

I sometimes find myself in a situation where I am trying to evaluate a statement to which there seem to be logically valid, but yet contradicting, arguments on both sides. The statements may be an ...
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What resemblance is there between Moksha and Nirvana?

Both Moksha and Nirvana are said to free oneself from the cycle of reincarnations/samsara. Other than this soteriological goal, do they have any resemblances? And how does/can one know in which path (...
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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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How Biases and Prejudices Deviate the Philosophy of Peace in round table meeting of world politics

Why do politically strengthened nations deviate from the ideal of peace building and misuse power through bias, prejudice, and subjugation of others towards "peace," but not actual, absolute ...
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Is there an universal argument for sharing valuable knowledge/skills?

There are many great Questions and Answers on Workplace stackexchange that deal with the question of whether or not to share valuable knowledge/skills with others: What is wrong with sharing ...
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Why should inclusivity and tolerance be constraint for a theory of decisional capacity?

The article Decision-Making Capacity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) says that any successful theory of decisional capacity must turn out that most ordinary adults count as having capacity most ...
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What is a logical counterpoint to ends justifying the means?

Many times I see a lot of high-risk, high-reward approaches in people who assume what they are doing is ethical, that it is worthwhile to neglect many, what appear to be smaller or less relevant ...
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What kind of sexual act is moral?

As far as I know if someone doesn't believe in a divine entity that is the source of morality he/she considers morality to be subjective. He/she believes morality exists to minimize the pain and ...
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What is the meaning of statement, all human beings are equal?

I learn this statement, 'all human beings are equal' in school, and I feel I understand it somehow. But when I look at society, the statement is not quite true. For example, people are paid ...
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Do I have to do something rather than nothing?

Disclaimer: I'm a newbie in Philosophy, and this question is most probably answered somewhere (on this site or not), but I've been looking for a while now and it's a little difficult to steer myself ...
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Is it ethical to offer money for a contractor (such as a realtor) to reach an agreement in the your favor?

Say that a realtor suggests that you need a certain subjective requirement to be approved, but that the owner is somewhat flexible. Now, this is not a legal requirement, which would be illegal to ...
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Love triangle: ethical state

An ethical problem: Daniel is in love with Rose, who is in a long-term romantic relationship with David. Rose enjoys Daniel's love. Daniel asks Rose that David should know that they text each other, ...
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Why did Kant condemn masturbation?

That such an unnatural use (and so misuse) of one's sexual attributes is a violation of one's duty to himself and is certainly in the highest degree opposed to morality strikes everyone upon his ...
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Which branch of philosophy would address the question "How to be effective at a typical day job"? [closed]

I'm not sure how to phrase this question. It stems from a complaint that I can't seem to find a truly "practical philosophy" (even "Pragmatism"). I know a lot of philosophy starts with ABSOLUTELY ...
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When is it okay to criticize someone?

Both in my family life and in politics, I see people running into the following dilemma. Some entity (a person, or an organization, or a country) is doing something that someone sees as wrong. So, ...
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Can an entire society be unethical?

Every month or so, I encounter an argument of the following basic form: A representative of Florin claims that the Guilderians are unethical for having the death penalty. A representative of Guilder ...
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What is the essence of stoicism?

I am a materialist, and I heard that stoic philosophers can be described (to some extent) as materialists. I am a big fan of stoic logic and ethical philosophy (and attitude towards death, emotions, ...
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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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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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