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Is it possible to act unethically against oneself?

I cannot answer for all ethical theories, but for Kant, the answer is most definitely yes. Specifically in the Metaphysical Principles of Virtue or Doctrine of Virtue (Both are names for the ...
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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?

This is one of the most crucial questions I have encountered on Philosophy.SE, and indicates an admirable consciousness about the structural bias in Western mainstream academia. It's a fact that while ...
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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?

I'm not really sure where you are getting your info, but there are several problems in what you are saying. First, the claim "Philosophy has roots in both the eastern and the western world" ...
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What was Einstein's contribution to philosophy?

In Einstein later years a volume Schilpp, Paul (Ed.): Albert Einstein. Philosopher - Scientist. (1949) was published. It contains a series of essays by Einstein's scientific colleagues but also ...
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Can Rawls justify eugenics?

The original position is Rawls replacement of the (hypothetical) originary state of Mankind theorised in social contract theory - the state of nature, as by Hobbes; the principles that govern society ...
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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?

Eastern philosophy is less studied in the West for the same reasons that Western philosophy is less studied in the East; you study what your father taught you (personally or as a culture) studied and ...
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What was Einstein's contribution to philosophy?

In many ways Einstein's reception of empiricist and Kantian ideas (mainly through Mach and Poincaré) shaped subsequent theory building in physics, and as a result philosophizing about science in ...
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What are some real-life applications of metaphysics?

See Hawley's paper Applied Metaphysics for a recent survey. She gives three application areas outside of philosophy: applied ontology in computer science and biology, social ontology, and metaphysics ...
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Did I correctly apply Ockham's razor?

Occam's razor is a principle to choose between two theories which have the same explanatory power. According to the razor, you ought to choose the one that postulates lesser entities. This ...
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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?

Philosophy has roots in both the eastern and the western world. This is undoubtably true; simply because of the commerce of civilisations means also the commerce of ideas; Diogenes Laertius ...
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Is there still a place in modern philosophy for qualitative or non-mathematical philosophy?

The current trends in mainstream academic philosophy in the English-language portion of the world are definitely in the direction of the more quantitative, mathematical, analytic, scientific and ...
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Is it possible to act unethically against oneself?

You asked: However, is there ever a case where a person can act unethically towards themselves? I think the best existing moral theory, created by Ayn Rand, would say yes: http://aynrandlexicon....
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Is a fallacy involved in perceiving the solution to a long-standing problem as simple and straightforward?

No, there is no "fallacy" in perceiving it this way, the sleight of hand is rather in the presentation. Two types of effects, which often work in concert, conspire to create this perception of "...
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Can a dogmatic person engage in intellectually honest inquiry?

Example An example I am aware of is the Torah Codes, in which the birth and death dates of important Rabbis are supposedly encoded close to their names in the Bible. Some very intelligent researchers ...
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Ethics of Using an Experience Machine/Going Against Someone's Wishes for Their Own Good

In your first paragraph, you state that one would "certainly rather stay there forever" in regards to the pleasure machine. This seems to be an erroneous assumption. Or rather it is one that assumes ...
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How do we know something is a "category mistake"?

A category mistake is when, for the ontology of any particular domain of discourse, an element of a set is unjustifiably excluded from the set. An obvious example of this is the statement, "It is a ...
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What risk should we tolerate in accepting (im)migrants?

I'll give the Utilitarian response, out of my own interest. I'm tempted to say it won't end with a lot of great conclusions but lets see where it goes! Lets assume that P is much higher than in the ...
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What risk should we tolerate in accepting (im)migrants?

It obviously will depend on the philosophical framework being used. Here are a few examples: 1) A free-market approach might reject your premise - that there exists a specific P before which society ...
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Can an entire society be unethical?

There are a few different approaches to this: Moral realist: People may have disagreements about what qualifies as moral, but ultimately all things that are truly moral partake in some genuinely and ...
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Does philosophy of mathematics affect mathematical research?

The answer to that in a short sentence would be: it depends. Now for the long one: Quine, Carnap, Putnam, Kripke and other Philosophers of Mathematics have had profound influence on the way ...
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What are some real-life applications of metaphysics?

Everything we do has metaphysical origins. What we call physical or natural science has failed to establish any mechanism of consciousness, choice, or conscience, and yet these are self-evident. ...
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Is there still a place in modern philosophy for qualitative or non-mathematical philosophy?

According to Gnostic religious wisdom and traditional science, the prevalent modern infatuation with quantity both in real life -- as in love for material wealth and the craze for technological ...
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Is there still a place in modern philosophy for qualitative or non-mathematical philosophy?

The meaning of the word "Philosophy" is shifting and increasingly contracts to mean "Analytical, mathematical, scientific philosophy". At least it is the paradigm for academic philosophy and we are ...
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Ethics of Using an Experience Machine/Going Against Someone's Wishes for Their Own Good

I agree with virmaior 100%. However, let me provide a utilitarian viewpoint to your two questions... Mill, while a utilitarian, strongly advocates for individual autonomy. His harm principle states ...
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