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Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Some people say that "safety" is a very important thing and that the main function of the state is to promote (e.g., liberty and) safety. I think this makes no sense because one can only be safe from something, and...
Justice Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Let's say person A and person B are studying for an upcoming test, and person B's sorority has a stockpile of past exams (not gained immorally, but students outside the sorority would not have these resources available). When person A...
Ethics Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
Is there a clear way to distinguish physical and non physical things? I'm not implying that there are non physical things. I would prefer if you didn't define "physical" as whatever is studied by physicists....
Existence Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
I teach a high school humanities class in which we were recently struggling with what I think philosophers would call "collective responsibility" and "collective harm." So far, Michael Sandel's Justice has been our main text. It's been easier to deal...
Ethics Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
I came across a webpage which makes this claim."Skeptics of homeopathy insist that homeopathic medicines do not work, but have difficulty explaining how so many people use and rely upon this system of medicine to treat themselves for so many...
Rationality Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
If I sign a binding non-disclosure contract with the federal government as a means to gain security clearance and make an excellent salary, then decide I must expose what I feel is illegal government behavior (and collecting documents on the...
Ethics Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
I'm still puzzled by the answers to question 5792, on whether it is true that Mary won all the games of chess she played, when Mary never played any game of chess. Both respondents said that it is true....
Language, Logic Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
Can historical value judgements be objective? Because questions presuppose other questions having been answered, it seems crucial to figure out what prior questions it assumes, and philosophy of history often boils down to the psychological motives of people and individuals...
History Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
The three laws of logic, which are the law of contradiction (or non-contradiction), the law of excluded middle, and the law of identity are considered absolute, eternal, invariant, and universal. However, there are several alternatives to the three laws of...
Logic Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Does the idea of "conflict of interest" figure into any contemporary discussion of ethics in philosophy? For example, few would argue that a professor having a sexual relationship with a student in his class is immoral in itself, but why...
Love Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Do rainbows exist? I assume rain drops and sunlight exist, but the rainbow is not a collection of rain drops, nor a region of the atmosphere where passing rain drops get some colour, is it? Should we say that rainbows...
Existence Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Suppose that, this year, some non human people from a far away planet in the Milky Way arrive at the Solar System and occupy Mars. I feel this would be unjust. I feel that Mars belongs to us, humans, and...
Justice Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Would you please point me some recent literature on the relation beween duties and values? I would like to read what contemporary philosophers think about that relation. Are duties the product of values? Do duties imply values? Are duties and...
Value Show

Question posted on March 19, 2015; no responses
Lately, I have been feeling as if nothing in life is really worth desiring. As I was a little alarmed by these nihilistic thoughts, I tried to avoid them. But, in some mystic traditions, this state of "desirelessness" seems to...
Value Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; no responses
Dear AskPhilosophers, I recently came across your website and thought it might be a good way to dialogue with philosophers from various scopes and perspectives. I'm currently studying biochemistry, but I've always been interested in...
Science Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; 1 response
I was always wondering, is it possible to deliberately chose to be irrational ?...
Rationality Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; 1 response
Why is so little phenomenology taught and researched in North American philosophy departments? Because it studies the essence of consciousness is it too continental for your analytic minds? Why must philosophy be categorized so strictly?...
Profession Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; 1 response
If it is not immoral to love one's own children more and put them above all other children, then why can't that concept be extended to one's own race? Biological polygenesis and philosophy of history makes it clear that colonialism...
Children, Race Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; 1 response
As a parent of young children, I have recently come to know that lots of people find it acceptable to lie ("not telling the absolute truth") to children about all kinds of subjects. It is not only that they don't...
Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on March 5, 2015; no responses
Under Kant's moral system, If we purpose to buy a particular bottle of wine. For the sake of our happiness. Do we have to make that into a law for all rational beings? All rational beings must buy that bottle...
Philosophers Show




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