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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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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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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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Evaluating between seemingly logical, yet contradicting, arguments

Welcome to philosophy! Learning to see both sides of every coin and to understand the arguments pro and con every position is a vital philosophical skill. There are few things as dangerous as people ...
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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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What is feminist care ethics?

Two key articles to read to understand care ethics: http://www.iep.utm.edu/care-eth/ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-ethics/ Basic answer: feminist care ethics is a project building on ...
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Can we be ethical and still deny someone a health procedure or treatment, even if the procedure or treatment is necessary?

You mention justice as the reason to give someone a treatment that needs it, but one must also consider the virtue of prudence, as it is not always possible to make these decisions in a vacuum. Given ...
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Evaluating between seemingly logical, yet contradicting, arguments

Formal logic is much less of a factor in everyday decision making than people like to believe. Yes, as NotThatGuy aptly observes, logic can help you identify when people are making inherently ...
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Evaluating between seemingly logical, yet contradicting, arguments

There are formulas for solving certain kinds of problems: what load can that bridge carry? How high is that ball going to go? How far can I get on a tank of gas? But those questions make up a tiny ...
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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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How should journalists report about unpublished studies?

We shouldn't put peer reviewed studies on a pedestal. The replication crisis unfolding in biomedical research, neuroscience, psychology, and other fields is largely about researchers trying to game ...
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Is it unethical, according to Kant, to break copyright and pirate books online?

The Kantian criterion of ethical is whether one would wish such behavior to become generally practiced (there are delicate differences between "wish" and "will", which I leave out)....
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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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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Après moi, le déluge is a well-known attitude, which is definitely practiced by some members of human society. The attitude reflects giving priority to one's own benefit (one's own survival, pleasure, ...
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Do ends really exist?

Means and ends exist in a hierarchy. Each end is part of the means for some higher-level end. Consider your example of the goal of eating hamburgers for dinner. The means describes a series of actions....
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Who else has explored the ‘cad problem’?

In general, what you're talking about probably falls best under Game Theory Ethics. This is the application of game theory to morality. (Game theory is the attempt to bring systematic analysis to ...
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Is it moral to obey the law?

▻ THE COMPLEXITY OF MORALITY : MORAL OBLIGATION TO OBEY THE LAW DOES NOT ENTAIL A MORAL NECESSITY TO OBEY THE LAW One can have a moral obligation to obey the law yet more important countervailing ...
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When is it okay to criticize someone?

There are three answers, so normally I would refrain from writing my own. However, I note with some displeasure that none of those answers actually answer OP's question as asked: How would ...
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Why did Kant condemn masturbation?

Tim Jankowiak writes the following about Kant's ethics: Kant also argued that his ethical theory requires belief in free will, God, and the immortality of the soul. Although we cannot have ...
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Mixing of people and peace

No. Why would you think that? Consider how much Russia and Ukraine have in common, recent and ancient political unity, the fleet admiral for Russia was born in Ukraine. Various groups have had dietary ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

To love and to care are unrelated to religions or atheism. Caring is innate and natural, while believing in a religion and also atheism are a rational exercises. Humans love and care for others beings ...
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Do ends really exist?

The ends may be illusory, but the means must be practical. In the process of implementing the means, it may be discovered that the ends are impossible, or undesirable, and accordingly have to change. ...
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