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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

I feel like this question is conflicted on the issue of 'disproportionate' inequalities. To be clear, most academic and scientific experts are paid well, proportionately more than many other workers ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

Leaving aside the accuracy of Robin Hood, I'll address your points directly. The first being that if we assume a free market exists... There was no free market in England in Robin Hood's time. The ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

I disagree with the premise that these two views are in some way contradictory or conflicting to hold at the same time. The alleged discrepancy you're pointing out, when you boil it down to its core, ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

Disclaimer: I just skimmed a bunch of Wikipedia articles and old stories. I think I got the gist of the history about right, but can't claim this to be authoritative. tl;dr- Robin Hood was never ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

Wanted to register a small framing challenge here with a few tiny notes (please do try to understand this as a good faith attempt to clarify the concern!) It seems somewhat ill-fitting to import any ...
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Is it possible that evolution brought human kind morality?

The root of this concept lies in a theory, most closely associated recently with theorist David Sloan Wilson, that moral behaviors --specifically altruism --convey a group-level survival advantage. ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

While this is not a philosophy question, it raises a few points. First, I don't personally know of any version of Robin Hood where he takes from riches who got rich because of their cunning and ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

Let me set Rawls to one side and bring Marx on stage. It may be a mistake to translate the complex, abstract idea of "equality" into the monetized value measurements of a modern economy. ...
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What are reasonable basic obligations of citizens in democratic societies?

The question is how much well-informed citizens need to be to exercise their democratic rights. The answer depends on theories of democracy. The duty of citizens to be well-informed can be very ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

He was definitely force of good from historical perspective Robin Hood lived in feudal society. According to some versions of the legend, he was disgraced feudal lord (Robin of Locksley). In feudal ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

1. It was never "your" income to begin with There is a key idea one should realize before going any further: there is no such thing as "your" income (unless you have earned it on ...
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Was Kierkegaard racist?

they abandon themselves to the bestial stupor which gapes at existence, and they think they have seen something. This rather looks like an early critique of what much later Edward Said calls ...
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Can being Violent in speech be considered as violence?

John Stuart Mill in On liberty will say that what makes a violent speech violent (construed as 'legally violent', that is, a legally impermissible act to do onto others) depends on the context. What ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

Your summary doesn't really match your longer-form thoughts. You seem to have at least two questions here: Supposing Robin Hood had some historical existence, what would have been his goal in taking ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

(From a utilitarian perspective.) There's a tradeoff here that arguably Rawls perspective doesn't fully recognize. It all comes down to the diminishing marginal utility of wealth. On the one hand, the ...
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Does 'morality' make sense in the context of finite existence?

There's some non-sequiturs in your thought process. Generally, whether or not people consider something to be morally right is irrelevant to reward or punishment. People don't always do things they ...
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Was Kierkegaard racist?

It is simply an analogy, in the context of the discussion regarding Søren Kierkegaard's quest for the knight of faith : People commonly travel around the world to see rivers and mountains, new ...
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Do Non Vegetarians not have rights to mourn morally if their beloved ones are killed?

moral rights "Rights" aren't a moral or ethical category. They are a juridical category. to mourn To "mourn", on the other hand, is psychological, not moral or juridical, phenomenon. So, the "...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

You have missed the fact that this is happening during a feudal period. A lord’s job was to protect and provide for the needs of his people. If he didn’t do that, someone else would. In this case, ...
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Discerning among ethics, morality, principles, virtues, and etiquette

Ethics and morality are often used by philosophers as synonyms. Some philosophers have suggested that we use the words in slightly different ways, where “ethics” would refer to a system describing ...
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Should I vote for what is best for me or what is best for others?

Contrary to Jobermark, I believe Kant provides a very straightforward answer to your dilemma. Kant's based his categorical imperative on one question "Is it universalizable?", and in your case the ...
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Was Robin Hood's point of view ethically sound?

One of the most fascinating and unexpected questions I have come across on PSE. But I have in an entirely friendly spirit some criticisms to offer: Free markets and cunning if we assume a free market ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

One important aspect is that people do not get rich because of hard work, people get rich because they take risks in business. Jeff Bezos is not extremely rich because he has worked hard. He is rich ...
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Is it ethical to clear and clean the home of an extreme hoarder against his will?

Your question is essentially a variation on a debate in the autonomy literature. The question that arises there is the relationship between autonomy and free choices. The two examples most common in ...
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Is Fatherhood among humans really natural?

The idea that it exists to strengthen the patriarchy is silly; the concept of fatherhood directly benefits the female vastly more than the male. According to evolution, it likely came about as a ...
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Is Fatherhood among humans really natural?

Even if we accept your basic assumption --that responsible fatherhood in human beings dates back only as far as the dawn of human societies --that doesn't imply it can't be part of an evolutionary ...
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How does one argue for "helping others" without any religious context?

It's in society's interest and consequently also in his interest to do so. There is a good book, Liars and Outliers: Enabling The Trust That Society Needs To Thrive by Bruce Schneier. Society thrives ...
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What did Marx mean by "revolutionary terror"?

REVOLUTIONARY TERROR VERSUS REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE 1 When Marx used the phrase 'revolutionärer Terror' ('Neue Rheinische Zeitung', 7 November 1848) he almost certainly had the French Reign of Terror ...
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