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How can a moral antirealist make moral normative claims?

How can a moral antirealist make moral normative claims? When I say or hear "X is wrong" or "people shouldn't do Y", etc., I generally understand these as abbreviations for "...
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Moral Non-Realists Responses to Suffering

A moral non-realist would probably agree with you that "suffering is bad" (in most circumstances, at least) however they would deny that this is an objective statement of fact about the ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

IMO the only attempt is to argue with Kant's Categorical Imperative: Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. And to point out ...
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'I can consent to be coerced at a later time' Is this a logical paradox?

Social contract theory pictures politics like this, agreeing to certain functions being carried out by the state, and so necessarily to taxes that will fund them with coercion even for citizens who ...
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How can a moral antirealist make moral normative claims?

There is no inconsistency there. You can deny the existence of absolute moral principles, yet recognise that man-made moral rules are useful and should be respected. Indeed, I could make an argument ...
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How Holocaust historiography developed? Were there ethical principles in the philosophical framework of the historiography?

The exploration of Holocaust historiography and the documentation of World War II, particularly the Holocaust, is a multifaceted and complex journey through scholarship: Early Efforts in Documentation:...
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How can a moral antirealist make moral normative claims?

One way is to distinguish between, "It is a fact that..." and, "It is true that..." or then to differentiate between forms of truth (one might invoke the notion of multiple ...
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'I can consent to be coerced at a later time' Is this a logical paradox?

'I can consent to be coerced at a later time' Is this a logical paradox? Absolutely not. Consider that when you voluntarily enlist and go through MEPS, you soon find yourself in a military branch ...
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Are social medias unethical on the basis that it is too addictive?

The issue of social media addiction and its impact on individuals' well-being is a significant concern in contemporary society. Several scholars have explored the ethical dimensions of social media ...
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How Holocaust historiography developed? Were there ethical principles in the philosophical framework of the historiography?

Well, I guess we can divide all of it into 4 parts. At least roughly. Initial Documentation Phase (1945-1960s) The immediate postwar years - gathering firsthand testimonies from survivors and ...
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Does any strand, school, or proponent of moral realism say anything about what happens to moral offenders?

It's as well to point out that the Stanford Encyclopedia - Moral Realism gives a central place to truth in these theories: - .... Moral realists .. think that moral claims do purport to report facts ...
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Are humans more forgiving and merciful than God?

The Problem of Hell has been tortured for thousands of years already, producing abundant resources for any perspective you might care to investigate, and also making it impossible for this question to ...
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Do descendants bear moral responsibility for the actions of their ancestors?

The descendants owe nothing, unless they were party to the crime. We all benefit from the criminal activity and suffering of others. If you are a trial lawyer or a medical doctor you make a career of ...
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Moral Non-Realists Responses to Suffering

Nearly all humans try to avoid suffering. How to support the moral duty to prevent suffering without assuming the existence of objective values? You can argue on the basis of Kant’s Categorical ...
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Is there any openly pro-mortalist philosopher?

Many philosophers have published papers that attempt to show that Benatar's argument for antinatalism also implies pro-mortalism. Most of them take this as a reason to reject antinatalism, but since ...
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What is the true nature of disgust?

Question: If (priyam) Love, is a natural attribute, it should be existent no matter what the object may be. Why then is it not existent when we see a tiger or a snake? Ramana: We ourselves may not ...
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Does any strand, school, or proponent of moral realism say anything about what happens to moral offenders?

Your caveats on the question are too constraining, and your view that religion advocates for "punishment" is also too narrow. Taoist thinking would hold that behaving immorally would lead to ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

I think this hinges on how "conceptually compatible" they are with us. For example, are we even able to communicate on the same conceptual frameworks? Is their world so more complex/nuanced ...
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Would it be ethical to use AI to determine a user’s gender from the content they upload, without them knowing?

Now in theory, if I use an AI algorithm [...], nothing has changed. A few things have changed. The most obvious is the scale at which you are now able to do it. The ethical implications of storing ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable? Because your situation is hypothetical, and because they are intelligent and we can communicate with them, yes......
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What amount of egoism is natural, even necessary, even moral?

I don't think you can put a quantity on it. In general, how much benevolence or courage is necessary to live a moral or happy life? The question is absurd. You can look at instances where a lack of ...
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Ethics of the unborn/non-sentient - Conflicting ideas

You could say drinking alcohol while pregnant is wrong because it would cause harm to a sentient being in future. Avoiding "future harm" may on the surface not seem worthy of consideration, ...
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Ethics of the unborn/non-sentient - Conflicting ideas

Clearly your assumption that 'something lacking in sentience cannot be harmed in any morally relevant way' is nonsense, otherwise doctors would be allowed to do what they liked to us whenever we are ...
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How can a moral antirealist make moral normative claims?

words don't have meanings, only effects. the words 'x is wrong' don't correspond to some moral fact even if moral facts do indeed exist. i say 'x is wrong' about some x that i personally dislike ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

I'm not sure whether that's a philosophical answer but nature shows us ways vulnerable species protect themselves, even if they are physically and mentally inferior: Look cute to them. Ideally, look ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

It may depend on how, and in what way, they were 'vastly more intelligent' than us. For example, can we assume that they were not always so intelligent, but, like us, they developed to be more ...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

How would you convince a Pol Pot or Hitler that he was wrong? If their superhuman intelligence means that their moral intuitions about dinner are in fact right, then you would have to trick them in ...
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Moral Non-Realists Responses to Suffering

Suffering is inherently bad, I believe, by definition... Wrong. Skipping simple relativist proofs (easy to find), many philosophers (and simple mortals like me) think suffering is good. When you make ...
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What is the difference between political liberalism and comprehensive liberalism?

Political liberalism was borne out of an alliance of multiple movements in the 1800s. These movements were all rebellions against the domination of government by the landed aristocracy, who misused ...
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Can one be cruel to nonsentient things?

Yes. I think we can and do be cruel to objects. But it is pretend cruelty. We recognize that we are playing and pretending. Kids blowing up GIJoe's with firecrackers, or playing Barbie and have Ken ...
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