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How does wealth corrupt someone?

The accumulation of wealth — like the accumulation of every form of social power — has two prominent implications: It gives people greater social 'reach': the ability to impact more people at greater ...
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What justifies "virtue ethics" or other forms of ethics emphasizing "virtues"?

The justification of ethics is general is based on recognizing we have a moral sense, then trying to fit the best model we can to the data we get from that moral sense. Virtue ethics -- where we try ...
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Do virtue ethics, deontology, and consequentialism all just assume their sets of preferences?

This is an interesting question (or cluster of related questions), because it highlights the complexity of understanding both what ethics is and how different approaches to ethics "work." ...
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I am struggling to believe there is anything good in humanity: can you help?

It doesn’t take much to see that humans are pretty cool members of the earth’s animal kingdom. We have complex speech, we can use tools, we can grow and dye our hair and clothing fabulous colours, and ...
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Aristotle's Ethics - Moral Responsibility

A few thoughts on your question. First, the specific concept of "moral responsibility" is foreign to Aristotle's ethics. But it's not completely foreign; instead, he's going to look at people and ...
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Argument over rules not being followed

Rule-following is a complex philosophical issue. Rules have many purposes, including: Preventing incidental harm by people not fully aware of potential consequences Acting as an external conscience ...
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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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Virtue Ethics approach to the Trolley Problem

THIS virtue ethicist considers trolley problems to be toxic relative to training philosophers to be ethicists. They PRESUME that the world is a 100% predictable place, that we have extremely limited ...
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Are we ever justified in not trying to establish the truth?

There is no "should" in wanting to know what's true. One can justify not trying to establish the truth merely by deciding that you'd rather not know. Skeptics would argue that's generally a ...
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Is it ethical to enjoy old movies with racist/stereotypical content?

It depends. For example, if you were to relish watching old movies precisely because you revelled in the kind of discrimination they displayed, then that would not be considered ethical. On the other ...
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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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Which philosopher maintained that virtue ethics, deontology and consequentialism can be reduced to each other?

There is an article by Marcia Baron in which she rejects the view that 'consequentialism, virtue ethics, and Kantian ethics form three distinct and competing ethical theories'. While this does not ...
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How similar are Kantian Ethics to Virtue Ethics?

Kant is widely regarded as as "deontology personified" (Louden 1986, p. 473.) But if we widen our attention from the Groundwork and the Critique of Practical Reason to include his "virtue theory" (...
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Can AI have ethics?

According to mainstream theories in philosophy of mind, the mind can be explained as a mechanism. If you subscribe to such theories (I personally do not) then as a consequence you subscribe to the ...
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Is Virtue Ethics based on self-interest?

Virtue ethics - fixing the focus Virtue ethics is an approach emphasizing the centrality of the role of character traits (virtues), the possession of which is needed for persons to be good and to ...
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Is it ethical to pursue one's own interests even at the expense of someone else's interests?

One of the under-appreciated aspects of moral theory is that morality is rarely (if ever) determined by the specific outcome of an event. Morality is determined by the relationship between the ...
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Epistemic failure and blaming others

The answer to the first part of your question is so clearly 'yes' that I wonder whether you had some meaning of 'blame' in mind other than its literal meaning of allocating responsibility for an ...
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What justifies "virtue ethics" or other forms of ethics emphasizing "virtues"?

The justification of virtue ethics can proceed from the perspective to its applications, with counterintuitive recommendations counting as evidence against the theory; on the other hand, if an agent ...
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I am struggling to believe there is anything good in humanity: can you help?

I would say this depends on what you mean by "good". Do you mean good for the Earth, for the ecosystem? Do you mean good in an universal sense? Do you mean "good" in a moral/...
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Is deleting an website account a lack of integrity?

This might not be entirely pertinent, but it seems to speak to a dimension or part of your concerns (this is from an SEP article on search-engine ethics): 4.2.1 The Right to Erasure (RtE) What is ...
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How might we define morality or ethics such that we can program it into an Artificial Intelligence?

As a starting point, a system of AI morality would have to be deontological, because for it to be something you can implement as a program, it would have to be a clear cut set of rules, as opposed to ...
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Are there counter examples to Kant's perfect duties?

I personally like the idea that what we have perfect duties to acquire and exercise character traits such as generosity and benovolence, because it seems reasonably intuitive to say that we should ...
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Is someone evil if they do the right thing?

People can ultimately only be judged by the things they actually do, not the things they think. It's completely possible for a person to believe themselves to be good and think good thoughts, but in ...
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What does it mean exactly to live a good life in a place like earth?

Early Buddhism can offer an awesome perspective into this problem. Buddhism goes beyond conventional interpretations of "good" and "bad" (but without ignoring them). Instead, it classifies ways of ...
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How seriously is virtue ethics under attack by moral psychology?

It is a sensible point to argue that valid moral theorizing is constrained by empirical findings, though to what extent I do not know. Surely normative claims hold against empirical shortcomings, but ...
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How seriously is virtue ethics under attack by moral psychology?

N.B. The question as written is presumptive and argumentative: it asserts that empirical psychology has seriously undercut rational moral philosophy, and then questions why moral philosophers haven't ...
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How seriously is virtue ethics under attack by moral psychology?

The reason that Virtue Ethicists do not consider the experimental results to be refutations is because they do not actually test virtue ethics. Virtue ethics does not predict that virtuous people ...
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