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How much destructive capability should a person have, and why?

Your question for a number of reasons is nonsense. You assume that capability to harm or destroy is quantifiable, so that it would be possible to say how much capability one person has relative to ...
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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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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 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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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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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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How much destructive capability should a person have, and why?

In general, how much capability to harm or destroy should any given human have? Ideally, as much as he can be trusted to use responsibly. Granted, trust is an approximate and subjective view on ...
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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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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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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?

They reserved these rights for humans and called those they wished to enslave "subhuman". Humans do this all the time; they manage to maintain contradictory positions by creating distinctions ...
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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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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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Can one find in the writings of Ayn Rand a definitive list of rights?

I would like to know if she ever set everything down together in one place. She did, in her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, essay Man's Rights. The essay is available in its entirety here, at Ayn ...
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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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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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How do ethicists tackle the question "Is it immoral to have sex in public places?" Is it possible to use rational and empirical ideas to answer?

It’s about why morality evolved. Shame evolved to avoid being vulnerable, for instance while defecating. Disgust evolved to avoid hazards from infection. Humans hijacked these to serve cultural ends, ...
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Should all cultures be maintained?

Your question is an interesting one, but perhaps not for the reasons you had in mind when posing it. A culture is a vaguely defined set of behaviours, traditions, values and beliefs associated with ...
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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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How do feminist thinkers justify choice feminism?

Let's say your definition of the phrase 'choice feminism' is accurate. I submit that your question falls if considered under certain realistic circumstances. For one, (I assume) you are comparing the ...
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Practical differences between a 'duty' and a 'rights' based ethical framework

Since the author doesn't explain what they mean by a rights-based ethics, it's a little hard to tell. But rights are often understood as only "negative rights," what you call "rights to be left alone ...
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What is the relation of natural rights to human rights ?

Natural rights encompasses human rights. Humans are, after all, a component of nature. I would add the diagram, but couldn't do it now, as I am having problems attaching the pictures. To get back to ...
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Is Google Duplex unethical if it doesn’t specifically identify itself as a non-human?

"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind" - Orange Catholic Bible The term "unethical" is often thrown around in non-philosophical venues to mean a variety of undesirable things....
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What's power that one doesn't want to recognize as power?

The usual distinction is between power de facto and de jure. Power de facto De facto power is power without any legitimacy or authority. It is simply the ability to achieve objectives despite any ...
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When does something immoral become morally justifiable?

Morally bad but morally right Something can be morally bad but in a particular context the right or a permissible thing to do. Say X is breaking a promise. This is a bad thing to do; all else equal ...
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How to disprove "I'm entitled to my opinion"

Just to add a slightly different slant. The colloquial words need looking at. An "opinion" by itself does not imply an action, a claim to truth, or even an expressed opinion. Nor is it a ...
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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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