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How would a Kantian handle vigilante justice?

Suppose that somebody took something expensive that belonged to you which you left on a bench and you saw them do it. Within a Kantian or more broadly deontic framework, would it be acceptable to ...
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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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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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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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Ernesto Laclau: 'Any repetition that is governed by a structural law of successions is space'

There is a debate going on about Ernesto Laclau's argument that any repetition that is governed by a structural law of successions is space But what does he actually mean by that?
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What are the facts and what is the truth? [duplicate]

As I ask this know; I purely ask this from a social point of view. As in conversations with others. It's a random thought and kinda funny when I started thinking about it. What's a fact? Something ...
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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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What is the relationship between conceptual engineering and social change?

I am currently doing research on the relationship between projects in conceptual engineering and actual, realized, social change. Of primary interest to me is how, for instance, Haslanger's ...
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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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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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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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Is having a “type” ethical?

Some people have a particular “type”, a person with particular physical aspects that they look for in a partner. What ethical frameworks can be used to evaluate this phenomena? Do those frameworks ...
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Why should racial pride be considered socially unacceptable whereas pride in one's intellect is socially acceptable and encouraged? [closed]

Well, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that intelligence is nothing but genetic for all practical purposes. And we have a society that rewards it with the sky. But someone who takes pride in ...
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What will future generations condemn us for? [closed]

I can think of the following: Human-created mass extinctions Industrial meat production Institutionalisation and isolation of the elderly Environment destruction What are other contemporary ...
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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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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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Confusion on social conventions

Biologically we humans are animals. I've thought about this lately and really would like the insight of others. If animals start breeding when they reach bodily maturity, then why is this seen badly ...
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Is it morally wrong to deny friendship with nice people? [closed]

If someone you got to know who always has been polite to you tells you honestly that he likes you, is it morally wrong to tell him that you don't want to spend time with him? On one hand, one could ...
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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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It is oppressive for youths to have laws that prohibit something exclusive to them? [closed]

I don't belong to the group of youths, but one does not need to belong to the particular group in order to defend their interests, like in the case of animal rights movements. Also, I belonged to it, ...
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Ethics of taboo in research

From a utilitarian point of view research is of benefit to the future population and so (if considering future generations) performing it would take precedent over some discomfort. However some ...
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Deterrent effect of nuclear weapons in comparison with carrying Firearms?

Would it be feasible to to compare the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons between nuclear armed countries (if such exist), with the deterrent effect of a majority of citizen carrying firearms, inside ...
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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 optical features do we use to distinguish “life” from “non-life”? [closed]

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 ...