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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
What would a consequentialist say about acts that have seemingly moral dimensions but no apparent consequences? For instance, it seems wrong to wish for something really bad to happen to someone (e.g. to be hit by a car), but if...
Ethics Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Look at what I've just read on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: "There are no laws of nature that hold just for the planet Earth (or the Andromeda Galaxy, for that matter), nor are there any that hold just for...
Science Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Do you agree that hedonism (or some related ethical egoism) is the best life philosophy in this turbulent world? Eighty years is the average timespan of a human life on Earth in which dependency on parents during youth and dependency...
Value Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Just what is exploitation? Is it not unequal agreements between two parties in which one has a higher status than the other in which the lower of the parties agrees to a social or legal contract merely for the possibility...
Justice Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
I have MA degree in Philosophy from a Russian University. It is not a high ranked one in the world, however. How can I get a job in Philosophy in the U.S. in the future? I live in...
Profession Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
If a philosopher or any thinking individual thinks an act is moral or not, then should that apply to everyone in the world equally including his own family members? Suppose he thinks performing in pornographic films is not immoral, then...
Ethics Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Do people have something like a right to have children? What would be the basis or justification for such a right?...
Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
How can you be confident that you're an open-minded or free thinker? Doesn't it seem likely that even the most prejudiced, dogmatic individuals view themselves as free thinkers (or, at any rate, appropriately responsive to evidence) with respect to their...
Rationality Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
What are some good approaches to talk about suicide? I want it to be close to the idea that humans do at some point of their life think about suicide....
Suicide Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Would you consider a 16 year old an adult, i.e. a rational agent who is capable of of making decisions on their own? To what extent can you hold a 16 year old, or similarly aged person, accountable for their...
Rationality Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
When does successful prediction provide strong evidence? ...
Science Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Should love between a man and woman be diminished in any way by differing political viewpoints? My boyfriend and I both think politics is a minor part of life that neither of us gets directly involved in but when we...
Justice, Love Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
As an academic philosopher what do you think are your biggest responsibilities outside of teaching and research in terms of to the world and to the field in general? Why do you feel you even have those responsibilities at all?...
Profession Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
My reductionist friend argues that rice noodles are not noodles since the very first noodles ever made and the noodles most commonly eaten around the world are made from wheat by definition. That is to say, the term "rice noodles"...
Language Show

Question posted on December 18, 2014; no responses
Can you choice what to belive in?...
Mind Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; no responses
What is the interpretation when Heidegger uses an example of "the unripe fruit moves towards its ripeness"? Is it meaning that humans go through life trying to feel a sense of fulfillment? ...
Philosophers Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
Is there a good definition of magic which does not rule out the existence of magic, but also does not imply that actually magic exists? Magic cannot be "the ability to do impossible things", since this is a contradiction. I...
Religion, Science Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; no responses
are human beings under any moral obligation to pursue knowledge? if we are morally obligated to pursue knowledge, how much and what kinds of knowledge....
Ethics, Knowledge Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
There has been much made of Hawking and Harris using brain scans to demonstrate a deterministic explanation of "free will". My question is, how do they treat a case where I think about moving my arm, but don't? How can...
Freedom, Mind Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; no responses
What are some major relevant examples of POSITIVE utilitarianism throughout history? I know the obvious examples of torture to save lives, charity, food banks etc. I am wanting to know where utilitarianism has been implemented to have...
Ethics Show




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