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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Consider someone who doesn't believe in any kind of reincarnation or perfect punishment after death, an atheist. That is, nothing in the world can impact him/her after his/her death, because, as he/...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Aristotle (who wrote well before the rise of the Christian notions of a soul or eternal life) addressed this question in terms of virtue. As he saw it, a community of men were like sailors on a ship, ...
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Is it wrong to fly on holiday?

Your approval of the behaviour, has a global impact. It's about universalisability, the categorical imperative. See Is the Categorical Imperative Simply Bad Math? :) I'd say there is s good comparison ...
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How to start learning philosophy and overcome my bias towards mathematics?

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Einstein I suggest you reflect on this quote of Einstein. Then ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

The classification of what is and isn't self, and thereby death as a boundary, is an arbitrary one. Would you ask why an individual cell of your body "cares" about what happens to you after ...
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How to start learning philosophy and overcome my bias towards mathematics?

Philosophy is intrinsically about things where there's no clear, objective and universally acclaimed answer. So it's impossible to avoid opinions, even when coming up with a reading list. Every person ...
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Is there any moral reasoning behind punishment?

Plato has Socrates make the argument that punishment, when it is just anyway, actually improves the individual. So if you’ve done wrong you should want to be punished so you can improve. To say the ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

I would counter by asking why believing in a god implies optimism? I would argue there are several cults or small religious sects which believe in no afterlife and/or consider the future to be grim. ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death? Each human being cares or does not care about particular things, but there is no reason that anyone should care about ...
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How to start learning philosophy and overcome my bias towards mathematics?

What can help you with overcoming this problem is reminding yourself that you still have to ACT in the world. So you already have some moral, ethical and general philosophical framework, but it is not ...
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Do descendants bear moral responsibility for the actions of their ancestors?

The title describes what is known as the doctrine of ancestral fault, with blood vengeance as an extreme manifestation. It was common in archaic societies, but was pushed out with the establishment of ...
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Who was first to say that justice is "to give each his due"?

This is an English translation of the Latin motto suum cuique, alternatively translated as "to each their own" or "may all get their due". The phrase was popularized by Cicero in ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

I find the "should" in this question rather interesting, as I don't feel that this is a fixed requirement. We may get to a position in the future where the idea that we should look after ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

There are plenty of philosophical hoops you can jump through to justify actions that will help future generations after your own death, but I think the real world answer why atheists behave ...
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Does the arc of history bend toward justice.?

Martin Buber, in his "Rung of Redemption," once cited a prophecy that goes something like, "The tears of Esau will not cease until the time of the anointed one," which he ...
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Is there any moral reasoning behind punishment?

There are 2 main justifications for punishment used in modern philosophy. Consequentialism The idea is that punishing criminals deters them and others from doing crimes in the future. One of the ...
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Are morals and justice meaningless? What do philosophers think about them?

From a very general point of view the Roman Codex Justinianus defines justice as the constant and perpetual will to render to each his due, see justice. Historically there are two approaches how to ...
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Are morals and justice meaningless? What do philosophers think about them?

Yes they exist and no they are not objective. As you correctly point out, the practical meanings of morals and justice vary from person to person and from time to time. What is considered moral or ...
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When someone profits from injustice, is life less meaningful?

This is the central topic of Plato's Republic, the frame story of which is when Socrates is challenged to explain why it is better to be an unfortunate good person than a lucky, successful and ...
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Does the arc of history bend toward justice.?

It is the nature of humans that we are far better at achieving what we think is reasonably achievable, than what we think is not. Clear-eyed judgement on the reality of justice in the world, may well ...
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Is there any moral reasoning behind punishment?

One can make the case for the need to compensate the injustice of the wrong-doer having an advantageous position with respect to the victim of the harm if no punishment is applied. A possible ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Hume famously said that "Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger", by which he meant that, if we make abstraction of our ...
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Are morals and justice meaningless? What do philosophers think about them?

My take on this as a working-class philosopher: Yes, I agree morality is not objective. There is no scientific experiment to determine if gay marriage is moral or not. There is no morality without ...
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How to start learning philosophy and overcome my bias towards mathematics?

There really are two approaches you can take. You can find more trust in philosophy or less trust in mathematics. I'd recommend Douglas Hofstadter's book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid,...
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How to start learning philosophy and overcome my bias towards mathematics?

Depending on the type of philosophy, it may overlap with mathematics. My college major was theoretical mathematics. I got a minor in philosophy. In the college I attended at least, the view was that ...
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Why does Aristotle believe that friends of virtue need no justice?

Aristotle is well aware that one can act justly towards those with whom one is not friends, even to one's worst enemies. But why should friends not need justice ? Surely I can cheat a friend ? Don't I ...
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Is it wrong to fly on holiday?

I argue that my actions cannot be causally associated with harm An awful lot of our actions cause harm. Like CO2 emissions cause climate change, climate change causes harm and we are causing CO2 ...
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Is it wrong to fly on holiday?

I argue that my actions cannot be causally associated with harm. All other aspects about climate change aside, here's your error, from a philosophical point of view. As a thought experiment, assume ...
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