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What are the moral arguments for slavery?

TL/DR There isn't one, or at least not a good one. Slavery has built in inefficiencies and brutalizing effects for both slave and free populations. What are our goals and values? There are a large ...
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Can you explain clearly the difference between race and ethnicity?

Alright, first from Race (SEP): The concept of race has historically signified the division of humanity into a small number of groups based upon five criteria: (1) Races reflect some type of ...
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According to Popper, what is logical positivism's role in scientific ethics?

This is currently a major topic in academic philosophy of science. Among people who specialize in this topic — including myself — a strong majority now think that ethical values do and should play a ...
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Two ways of thinking about social reality (progressive/fluid vs conservative/structure)

One of the interpretations for this difference across the political spectrum is 'tolerance of ambiguity'. There's also interesting work on politics and attachment-style, see Attachment Style and ...
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Evil in Utopia?

Utopian philosophies (by necessity) presuppose that intrinsic evil does not exist. There are acts that may be considered evil and there are people who commit those acts out of ignorance or ...
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What are the moral arguments for slavery?

The socioeconomic argument for slavery is simple enough. It's precisely the same socioeconomic argument used to defend the domestication animals, to wit: Certain people or groups of people (like ...
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Do any philosophers describe drama as fundamental to, or the essence of, the human condition?

When I read the topic first, I went straight to SEP to look for resources on Drama. As in the theatrical form. Then I read OP's question more closely and am now aware that they are asking about a ...
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References Request about Social Networks

Historian Niall Ferguson sets up the long context, comparing the internet age to the rise of the printing press, in The Square and the Tower. An accessible short discussion is this podcast episode of ...
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On capturing the concept of eudaimonia empirically

The concept of eudaimonia has traditionally been studied in philosophy, rather than in the empirical social sciences. It has been seen as a normative concept, that is, a concept that tells us how we ...
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Evil in Utopia?

The base of utopian theory is that evil is not something inherent to humanity, but rather something that arises due to various conditions (economic, social, etc.) If you believed that the desire to ...
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What's The Reasoning Or Logic Behind The Value Of A Promise / Agreement?

No, the fact that you are more mature and better informed at a later time is in most cases irrelevant. In most human societies there is a convention that a promise should be honoured, and that to ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

Here are some observations you might find thought-provoking: There is a material degree of ambiguity in your question. For example, what do you mean by a philosopher? Do you meany anyone who ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

Here is the link of the UN-Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. And here is a selection of the members of the Drafting Committee. I cannot recognize that the UN-Declaration or the members of the ...
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What are the moral arguments for slavery?

Some hypothetical arguments in favor of slavery: when slaves are sufficiently acclimated to their standard of living, they may suffer less than someone who is not would. If someone is psychologically ...
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What is a "disorder"?

I'm not sure why you are disposing of teleology. We may not be able to derive an 'ought' from an 'is', but that doesn't mean that 'oughts' don't exist. If we have a car, there's nothing problematic in ...
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Can you explain clearly the difference between race and ethnicity?

Historically, the concept of "race" is fluid. These days we may look at "race" as including "white", "black", "south asian", "southeast asian&...
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Philosophical works on Privilege

Note: the question has been significantly altered since this answer was posted. Applied out of context to the current edition of the question, the below answer may be nonsensical or false. Why do you ...
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Philosophical works on Privilege

NOTE: This answer was composed in relation to a previous version of the question, which has undergone a substantial revision (most of the original has been edited out). Please see edits prior to March ...
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Is the doctrine of modern Human Rights considered to be supreme form of Ethics by modern philosophers?

You may be conflating human rights with secular humanism, which bases ethics on reason and logic, and values humans independent of any religion, supernaturalism, and superstition. We can talk about ...
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What are the moral arguments for slavery?

There really isn't a good argument for slavery. The "best" would probably be "personal enrichment by exploiting other people" and "torture as a penalty" or genocide (...
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Do any philosophers describe drama as fundamental to, or the essence of, the human condition?

Drama - is something to remember. I like the description of human life as a character in the Puppet Show. You actually have some free will when you are young. You have a chance to show that you are ...
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What is the difference between a " particular" and an " individual being "? (Ontology)

There is no standard usage in analytic metaphysics that strictly distinguishes individuals and particulars, mainly because the term 'individual' lacks a standard use. However, there is a generally ...
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What is the difference between a " particular" and an " individual being "? (Ontology)

Particulars and universals have been philosophised over the entire history of philosophy with each epoch having its own slant. The main distinction between the classification you have noted is between ...
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What is the difference between a " particular" and an " individual being "? (Ontology)

It doesn't seem to be that such a thing exists: standard ontological classification: Like there are a whole bunch of categorization systems: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/categories/#ConCatSys ...
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What philosophical approaches towards social philosophy and social relations do we know?

What philosophical approaches towards social relations do we know? This is a somewhat unclear question because it is too vague. Social Philosophy can just mean the social sciences in general, ethics, ...
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Need help with this paper on epistemic justice

Like almost any branch of philosophy, postcolonial studies has developed it's own terms, and there are key texts in the emergence and development of the field. Spivak's essay 'Can the subaltern speak?'...
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What is a "disorder"?

Answer Your question is a good one, and you of course see the normative element inherent in using language to specify what a 'disorder' is, particularly from the domain of abnormal psychology. I'll ...
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What is a "disorder"?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has an interesting article on what mental health, including a sections dealing with what "disorder" means. It is definitely worth a careful read since ...
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What's The Reasoning Or Logic Behind The Value Of A Promise / Agreement?

If you break a promise, you lied. It's as simple as that. This rather lamentable practice, although in some circumstances completely unavoidable, is what the phrase empty words was coined for. ...
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