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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...
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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...
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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 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; 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...
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Question posted on December 4, 2014; no responses
I've recently been thinking about Kant's categorical imperative: "act in such a way that the maxim of your action could become a universal law". It seems to me that the CI fails to illuminate a positive criterion for evaluating what...
Ethics, Philosophers Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
I'm a first year philosophy student and I really don't understand what it means when philosophers present the three usual normative ethics of Aristotelian, utilitarianism, and deontology. If all three are equally valid, then that would seem to imply that...
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Question posted on November 20, 2014; 1 response
I just watched the movie "Interstellar," in which the heroes try to begin a colony on another planet in order that the human race survive. Is there any compelling reason to do something like this? To be clear, as far...
Ethics, Value Show

Question posted on November 20, 2014; 1 response
Recently, the NFL has become embroiled in high profile cases of domestic violence by its players (most notably, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson). Many critics demand that the league suspend or otherwise discipline the guilty parties. But why, in general,...
Business, Ethics Show

Question posted on November 13, 2014; 1 response
I am in love with my brother's ex-girlfriend of 2 years. Over those 2 years, we became best friends and I developed feelings for her. My question is, now that my brother and her are no longer together, is MORALLY...
Ethics, Love Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
Are we really obliged to help the poor? What is the main reason for helping them without a bias in religious beliefs?...
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Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
Is kissing a person on the lips other than one's spouse cheating? What about not on the lips? Does location really matter when it comes to kissing? I don't think it does, and even when it comes to major slip...
Ethics, Sex Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I just finished watching SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and it was easily amongst the top five of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. I use the word "beautiful" because any other superlatives like "great" doesn't seem...
Beauty, Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Are moral theories subject to the principle of falsifiability? thanks Luca from Italy...
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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Some time ago I came to know about two horrible stories that happened in my city, one leading to the death of a young child, the other about a 12-year old raped by a 16-year old. Of course, events like...
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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
The Philippines has recently experiences the most devastating storm, Yolanda, in its history. The most affected areas of the country were wiped out and almost all sources of food and water became scarce. Looting became common in those areas. I...
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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I am recently disturbed by the claim of George Carlin's about race. He said that we should not be proud of our race or nationality because we did not choose them. It's like being proud of our sex, when we...
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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Is it equally, less, or more immoral for a husband/boyfriend to cheat on his wife/girlfriend than vice versa? Is ethics solely an exercise in logic or is there room for socio-psycho-evolutionary factors?...
Ethics, Sex Show

Question posted on September 18, 2014; 1 response
What's the source of the authority that parents commonly have over their children? For example, sayings like "My house, my rules" suggest that children and parents have a kind of agreement: in exchange for the food and shelter which their...
Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on September 18, 2014; 1 response
Is there any way to ultimately resolve, by reason or evidence, the conflict between moral relativism and moral realism? Reading about this issue makes me feel unsure about the real status of morality. Any suggestion would help. ...
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