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Can immorality exist under duress and coercion?

Duress and coercion do not remove free will. They are circumstances that constrain it -- admittedly more than most circumstances. Nevertheless, most people do believe that duress and coercion are not ...
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What could be reasons why incest is wrong?

The only other reason, if you exclude science and religion, is that the love is the same between close family members, so no real love can be made. To made new love requires a distance between two ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

If one were to believe in the MWI of QM, one could conclude ethically that no choice matters. There is no morality: in another layer of the universe the alternative outcome happened. Don't do this. ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

The ultimate question posed by the trolly problem is not how many are killed, but by making a choice do you become responsible for the outcome? Morals are also interpreted through the lens of the ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

I don't understand how you concluded that under a decoherence/many worlds model, the trolley with a 1% chance of killing is "sure to kill 100 people in one universe and zero in the other universe ...
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Honesty vs. Bluntness

Honesty is a topic that is frequently explored in ethics, because the question of what exactly honesty is is central to ethical discourse. If one takes the honesty to be absence of the intention to ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

In my view, the thing you refer to as schrodinger's cat box is exactly that- not something you want to play in, because of the particular nature of the lumps buried in it by the cat. It is good to ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

So it's worth pointing out a few things. Decoherence does not solve the measurement problem. the claim that decoherence solves the measurement problem of quantum mechanics, and discusses the ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy? You have at play the intersection of physical theory and ethical theory, each distinctive and large projects. Your question ...
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Is it morally permissible to jump the queue? Can we prove that it's morally permissible?

Extending the other answers which are not wrong, but incomplete: In a situation where all others would have done the same (in particular all others in the queue) and Ken and his friend would also have ...
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Does ones interpretation of quantum mechanics alter one's moral philosophy?

Your question relies too much on there being only two worlds - one where the 1% event happened, and one where it didn't. I think the more reasonable many-worlds interpretation is that out of the ...
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Is it morally permissible to jump the queue? Can we prove that it's morally permissible?

If I could add an interesting anecdote... In Dubai people can line up for hours, even overnight, to have first rights to snap up newly launched apartments or villas. But what rich, fat cat is going to ...
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On the consistency of logical arguments on ethics and morality in the light of Incompleteness theorem

The statement your friend made is a poor misuse of logical jargon. Godel's incompleteness theorem states that any formal, axiomatized system of logic that can talk about the natural numbers will ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

I'm reading between the lines here a bit, but I've been in a similar situation and I think what you're really asking is if it's ethical to log 8 hours a day on your time card, knowing that you spent ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

From a realistic point of view, most people would simply continue to do what you are doing. The situation you found yourself in just comes with so many advantages that to forfeit them would not be a ...
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The freewill (non-)problem?

Determinism is not a problem. We are not living in a deterministic universe. We don't have to reconcile anything with determinism. Causality is not a problem. Decisions, expressions of free will, are ...
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The freewill (non-)problem?

The free will problem is a philosophic one, and it arises from our own perception of our own mind apparently making choices so the time, having been able to do otherwise of course, and a materialist ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

The simplest way for you to answer for yourself is to ask yourself what you would expect of others if you hired them to work for you and they acted in that way towards you as an employer. It would ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

I feel like Ted has offered you a legalistic answer. In philosophy, we should look to the ethics, to conscience. See this post for a selection of discussions about philosophy of work: References ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

See if this fits for you: Everyone has a duty to contribute what they are able, because we all rely on each other. If your current situation is not allowing you to contribute fully, it would be better ...
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I work from home as a software engineer and my job is happy with my performance. But I'm putting in little effort. Am I a bad person or employee?

It seems to me that you get paid for the results you produce, not the work you do, so I don't see why this is any kind of moral issue. If your employer is satisfied with your work, and hasn't yet ...
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Why do we prohibit incestual relationships?

The rational reasons against incest are weak, and legal action against adult love relationships between kin are always highly controversial. It's imaginable that incest may become decriminalized at ...
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Why do we prohibit incestual relationships?

I want to mention three reasons, the strength of which I leave to the reader's evaluation. But first, some clarification: (a): I take it that parent -child incest is always wrong, due to power ...
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Why do we prohibit incestual relationships?

Jonathan Haidt uses exactly this example in his research on what he calls 'moral dumbfounding', discussed here: What’s the Matter With a Little Brother/Sister Action? in Psychology Today. Here are a ...
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Why do we prohibit incestual relationships?

You've touched on some of the logical shortcomings in arguing for banning incest, but from a philosophical position, I think you've underestimated psychologism. In Western philosophy, there is a great ...
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What determines the immorality of something?

Morals is a set of group-defined rules that enforce specific individual behaviors. Morals follow teleological arguments (the chief interests of the group). Some human groups just try to survive, ...
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Is gravity a natural manifestation of universal egoism?

Gravity has nothing whatsoever to do with a philosophical treatment of the condition of humanity. Anyone searching for such a connection is digging a dry well.
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What determines the immorality of something?

Various propositions for defining what is moral or immoral have been made through the history of philosophy. So far none have been demonstrated to be the correct one, so it is important when ...
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What determines the immorality of something?

The examples in the question indicate that this question is about descriptive ethics https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_ethics, the study of what people find immoral. This is in contrast to ...
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Paradoxes never exist in nature, so why does the grandfather's paradox make sense in physics?

The Grandfather Paradox exactly aims to draw attention to a contradiction, that if the conditions exist to create closed time-like curves we open the door to a paradox. So we can be pretty sure ...
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Constructivism and the effects of constructing definitions on morality

The difficulty with this position is that the concept of morality always has an aspect of mutuality. We are not moral in ourselves, we are moral towards others. A person alone on a desert island has ...
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Paradoxes never exist in nature, so why does the grandfather's paradox make sense in physics?

Well, if we define "Paradox" as "apparent contradiction in physical descriptions of the universe" then sure. Paradoxes don't exist in nature because a paradox is a contradiction in ...
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Why is a child not a mere extension of their "parent(s)"?

Reproduction is not considered to be "an organism making a copy of itself" for any organism but very primitive species who can reproduce by fission like bacteria or worms. Whether a worm cut ...
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Why would Aristotle argue that "a mechanic or a mercantile life" is "ignoble and inimical to virtue"?

Aristotle argues that the definition of a possession "may be defined as an instrument of action, separable from the possessor." And that a slave, is such an instrument. He further goes on ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

(may I call you "Miss") I have read lots of psychology, and philosophy, etc., and what I am going to offer comes from neither field. I am going to talk about something I have discovered, and ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Modern philosophy is not generally very helpful at finding values and meaning. the best of the west for that are the existentialists, who you have already discovered. But existentialists are more ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

The autobiography of Bertrand Russell (3 volumes) shows the different fields of interest Russell developed during his life. Russell gives a short prologue: What I Have Lived For Three passions, ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

“There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy. All other questions ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Disclaimer I am not a psychiatrist, and the distinction I made in the comments should be observed. Mainly: There's an unequivocal distinction among the presentation of suicidal ideation, generalized ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Evidently, this is not a common academic problem of philosophy (this forum is moreover about such academic side of philosophy), but it is a serious problem of personal philosophy. The following ...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

If “moral” refers to something like “What we imperatively ought to do or value regardless of our needs and preferences” then it seems at least likely that nothing is intrinsically moral or immoral. ...
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Does consent exist?

The concept of consent follows logically from the sense of self, without reference to the existence or inexistence of a soul. And the existence of the self is the most indubitable fact there is. One ...
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Does consent exist?

Answer The simple response is we are not our bodies. Am I no longer me if I lose an arm? It is a classic fallacy to claim that a system is no more than the sum of it's parts, because as the fallacies ...
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Does consent exist?

This actually is a common objection against some versions of physicalism: If there is nothing but our physical being doing what it does, how can things like "responsibility" or "consent&...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

Mary Midgley once wrote an essay, "Duties Concerning Islands", in which she asks us to imagine that Robinson Crusoe blithely desolates the island he was on, as he departs. No humans are ...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

If we distinguish between the personal choices a person makes, from those which come from the group or culture he/she is in, we could differentiate the following (with arbitrarily chosen words to fit ...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

Morality stems from the ability to consciously choose one action over another. So until something in nature developed that ability, it was amoral (non-moral). But then consciousness developed, and ...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

Nature is non-moral, i.e. without moral. Otherwise, does anybody believe: Before the existence of humans, values and intrinsic morality lay sleeping for billions of years, waiting for human or other ...
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How can something be intrinsically moral or immoral?

That's not true necessarily. Your argument is textbook fallacy of division. A fallacy of division1 is an informal fallacy that occurs when one reasons that something that is true for a whole must ...
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