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Question posted on July 31, 2014; no responses
I have just finished Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, and like so many find the purely wicked Judge Holden the most fascinating character. And there are other wicked characters that fascinate. But pure goodness doesn't seem to make for that...
Ethics, Literature Show

Question posted on July 31, 2014; 1 response
Is adultery really immoral? The act itself is mostly legal, so why can't it be mostly moral? I'm a male bachelor, so I can only argue from my point of view. Adultery is a simple biological urge that manifests itself...
Ethics, Love, Sex Show

Question posted on July 24, 2014; 1 response
Religious people often claim that human rights must come from God. It seems to me that they could be wrong about their claim because of the objection posed by the Euthyphro dilemma. Am I right about this? Can we have...
Ethics, Religion Show

Question posted on July 24, 2014; 1 response
If you allow someone to die when you are capable of saving they life, but do not kill them directly, are you a murderer?...
Death, Ethics Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
I have a question about atheism and semantics, although I'm not sure I can phrase it properly, as it also includes the concept of "belief" separate from "doctrine." Here goes: atheists claim that they do not believe in "God" while...
Ethics, Religion Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 1 response
If intelligent people incur a moral obligation to society, can the same argument be made for other forms of (for lack of a better word) power? For instance, being beautiful gives you social influence to wield: on this line of...
Ethics Show

Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
Recently a 19 year old woman killed herself after she was taunted by her high school classmates for doing a porn. The while situation makes me angry and upset. (though looking at the reported online comments they don't seem as...
Ethics, Sex Show

Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
When I was a teenager, I started to think about sex all the time, but nobody ever talked to me about it. I may have been talking with someone of the opposite sex, for instance, whose dress deliberately accentuated their...
Ethics, Sex Show

Question posted on May 22, 2014; 1 response
How would a legal philosopher deal with the trolley problem compared to a moral philosopher? Would he come to a conclusion that is neither switch nor not switch? That is, either choice is equally legal?...
Ethics, Law Show

Question posted on May 22, 2014; 2 responses
It seems to me that much contemporary philosophy is a bit obsessed with clarifying arguments and analyzing statements and lacks real wisdom about the world. For example, I can imagine a typical situation where an ordinary person asks a...
Ethics, Philosophy Show

Question posted on April 25, 2014; 1 response
When you start a controversial, difficult debate with someone, for example about world poverty, war, crime, abuse, etc. should you regard the personal limitations of the other person involved in the conversation or just keep going in order to increase...
Ethics Show

Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
Is inter-country adoption immoral? (I'm a college senior doing an independent study on Korean transnational adoption and the Korean diaspora.)...
Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on April 4, 2014; 2 responses
Some people study or know a great deal about ethics as it's taught in philosophy departs, and yet those same people we may not judge to be highly ethical or to have elevated moral characters. If this assumption is correct,...
Ethics Show

Question posted on March 16, 2014; 1 response
I am a recently married thirty year old living in Oregon. My wife and I don't want to have any kids and we don't subscribe to religion or any ideology. Because of this why should I be concerned about global...
Environment, Ethics Show

Question posted on March 6, 2014; 1 response
If animals have feelings then isn't that enough reason not to kill them for food? Some would say that self awareness is required. Why would that be relevant? Could the idea that a creature without self awareness lacks a unified...
Animals, Ethics Show

Question posted on March 6, 2014; 1 response
Is one ever morally justified to beat someone up for making sexist and/or misogynist comments (this is a serious question)?...
Ethics, Punishment Show

Question posted on March 6, 2014; 1 response
During The Troubles the IRA would sometimes make a telephone warning beforehand prior to exploding a bomb. Even if the authorities are unable to evacuate every person in time resulting in a single digit death toll, does this make them...
Ethics Show

Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
If a person chooses to drink alcohol in order to become more violent, should philosophers/society blame alcohol as "the evil substance," the drinker himself for not understanding the meaning of life, or society for not helping the person overcome alcohol...
Ethics Show

Question posted on February 6, 2014; 1 response
What do we mean when we say that someone is "ideological"? How does having an ideology differ from simply having a particular set of moral or political views?...
Ethics Show

Question posted on February 6, 2014; 1 response
Suppose you have been in a relationship with your partner for several years (no marriage, no children). Even though you still have strong emotional feelings for your partner (to the extent that you would claim to love her/him), you are...
Ethics, Love, Sex Show




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