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How do feminist thinkers justify choice feminism?

Your problem seems to come about through a misunderstanding of what is oppressive about the situation. The oppression resides not in the task but the lack of choice. Then it is much like any other ...
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Should governments have the power to limit the citizen's rights during wartime?

There's several ambiguities in your question that an answer needs to address. First, I am going to assume that your uses of "should" refer to moral rather than legal determinations. Otherwise, this ...
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How to disprove "I'm entitled to my opinion"

Welcome to this SE, Daniel. I think the problem with the argument is what you are trying to prove: how can I disprove that there exists an inherent privilege (an entitlement) to believe whatever ...
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Is it better thing to kill animal not human. Whats the difference?

Firstly, what is punishable by law and what is moral are two very different things, and it would be a mistake to conflate the two. While someone may not go to jail for killing an animal, this does not ...
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Is it immoral to download music illegally?

You've made a LOT of assumptions in your post, and have a pretty big set of seemingly unexamined presuppositions behind your statements that seem to me to need exposition. By saying that the legality ...
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Is it immoral to download music illegally?

One concept that I thought is worth mentioning is from Judaism. The idea is that there's a division between cases where "One enjoys and one has not lost"(זה נהנה וזה לא חסר), and cases where "One ...
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Does a person have the freedom or the right to not work?

Some of this obviously depends on how one defines "work." There are obvious examples in history of people that are considered "virtuous" who didn't have a job that provided them with income, if that'...
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Is it ever acceptable to go by the principle of "guilty until proven innocent"?

In order to answer this question as stated in the penultimate paragraph, we must first show how a lowering of the burden of proof to a preponderance of evidence constitutes an infringement of the ...
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Is it my right to choose to violate the law?

No law-book includes the right to break the law stipulated in the law code. But there may exist law codes on different levels of a hierachy. Here the law of one level may contradict the law from a ...
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Is an AI the kind of entity that would qualify for basic human rights?

The question seems to boil down to this... Is an AI the kind of entity that would qualify for basic human rights? What qualifies humans for rights? The arguments I've seen include rationality and ...
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German philosophers on (french) revolution

The thing is that Kant (I don't know enough about Fichte to be arguing his case) would not agree with your third premise, i.e. that "violating the law is just if and only if the law is unjust". ...
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Can one ask for more than they deserve?

In Judaism, there is a very interesting approach to prayer. According to one of the principles of Judaism, god does not change his mind. It is then difficult to understand how one can ask god for ...
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Should the debate about the ethics of meat consumption focus around sentience and the ability to suffer?

In this scenario, consuming plants would be incompatible with the principle of trying to avoid unnecessary suffering given our current agricultural practices. If consuming plants caused suffering, ...
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Ownership of the commons

The tragedy of the commons arises out of equal and open usage of the commons which results, in brief, territorilisation of said commons to the advantage of a few, and it's spoiliation for the many. ...
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How is it that humans can contemplate individual liberty for some while at the same time accept the idea of owning and selling fellow humans?

(This answer elaborates a bit on R. Barzell's answer.) Charles Mills takes up this question in his book The Racial Contract. The title of Mills' book refers to a kind of inversion of classical ...
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Why are abortions considered a "right", rather than a privilege?

By rights, one means an entitlement a person has to do something. Abortion, on the other hand, does not concern the pregnant woman doing something. Your definition of rights is overly restrictive....
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Can one be pragmatic when dealing with ethnic groups without being racist?

This may superficially seem like a question of ethics --a moral commitment against racism as opposed to the practical value of profiling --but I think that both overstates the practicality of ...
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Is it immoral to kill a philosophical zombie?

That depends on what the problem is with killing people: A Deontologist could argue that the zombies have no inherent duty of care, being entirely imaginary entities, and so declare Open Season ...
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Hobbes: Theory of value vs Theory of right action

Welcome, El Ectric Hobbes is not the easiest historical philosopher to interpret; and the area of your question is still much contested but I think I can provide pointers towards an account that will ...
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Who was the first philosopher of property?

Given our limited knowledge of the earliest Western and Eastern philosophy, we shall probably never know who originated or first analysed the concept of property. But in the Western tradition, a ...
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Where can I find arguments for animal rights?

You mention Peter Singer, who approaches the topic from a utilitarian rather than a right-based standpoint. Besides Animal Liberation (2nd ed., 1995), you might try: P. Singer, The Animal Liberation ...
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Formal logic on rightfulness

Brief answer: See Stig Kanger's 1972 paper "Law and Logic" (Theoria 38, pp. 105-132). Longer answer: Logical treatment of jurisprudence is, as it happens, at an incipient stage, though the idea is ...
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If a lawyer that is representing a defendant finds that his client is guilty, how is he supposed to act?

In the United States, and many other countries with similar legal systems, a defense attorney is required to represent the interests of his/her client, regardless of whether the client is actually ...
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Should governments have the power to limit the citizen's rights during wartime?

If a population were to face a situation of certain demise then there would be little scope in tightening a government's hand upon the rights of its citizenry. Yet even in the face of such ...
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Is it immoral to download music illegally?

You are violating the principle of ownership Sharing and using intangible goods is not about how you acquire it, or whether the goods can be duplicated for no cost, or whether the original owner ...
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What is the name of the idea that humans are granted rights?

Natural law - a system of right or justice held to be common to all humans and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society, or positive law. At certain point it was considered the most ...
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Does a person have the freedom or the right to not work?

My first idea is that everyone does not work...society will collapse This is a Kantian type argument; what's usually known as the categorical imperative. You've shown that people cannot not work ...
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Is deriving natural rights from nature a logical fallacy?

"Man is born free. Therefore, man has the right to be free." First, we might ask Man's mother about that. Philosophy as well as religion tends to neglect the role of Mrs. Man in all this splendid a ...
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