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Question posted on April 16, 2015; no responses
Would a Rawlsian (John Rawls, A Theory of Justice) society sustain the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Behind the veil of ignorance, on one hand we would not know if we were a homosexual who may feel discriminated against. On...
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Question posted on April 6, 2015; 1 response
Should the first amendment cover the right to advocate violence? If a person honestly believes that assassinating the president is justified shouldn't that person have the right to express their opinion? I'm a little uncomfortable with the idea that the...
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Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
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...
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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...
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Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Is a society that criminalizes incitement to violence and libel really a free society despite all other forms of speech being legal?...
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Question posted on December 30, 2014; 1 response
There will be an election in my country in the next few months and when I look at all the platforms of the parties that are running, I despise all of them. Yes, there may be a few parties which...
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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
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...
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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
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 September 18, 2014; 1 response
Is any society that uses money in some degree a capitalist society, even the ex-Soviet Union? I hear arguments everyday from others and the media that a free society must necessarily be a capitalist one but I think that is...
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Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
Some have suggested that Iraq can never exist as a state unless people identify first as Iraqi citizens, thus providing a point of unity for a population otherwise split by ethnic and religious differences. But citizenship, it seems to me,...
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Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
One of the major criticisms that many cite against increased spending on "social safety nets" in America is that individuals in other countries are much worse off than even the poorest in America. While I have always been very supportive...
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Question posted on February 6, 2014; 1 response
What have political philosophers said concerning the idea that money equals speech? It seems to me that money is a means of exchange and carries no inherent ideas or appeals, perhaps other than the metamessage that larger the sum the...
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Question posted on January 7, 2014; 1 response
Do philosophers shy away from discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or Jewish culture in general for fear of upsetting American Jews in academia?...
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Question posted on November 14, 2013; 1 response
Dear Philosophers I recently posted the following on a forum for a course in Global Health that I took: “India going to Mars while 48.9% of its population can’t go to a flush-toilet! Is it just me, or is there a moral disconnect...
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Question posted on November 7, 2013; 1 response
My preference is to live a simple lifestyle, minimizing my carbon footprint, buying and consuming less, checking out books from a library instead of purchasing them, biking to work instead of driving, eating vegetarian, etc. Yet it's clear that if...
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Question posted on August 1, 2013; 1 response
Does democracy necessarily assume that the voters are rational and educated? I was always of the opinion that democracy was the best system because there is no way in non-democratic systems to ensure that the state is acting in the...
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Question posted on July 18, 2013; 1 response
Does justice necessarily have to be equality?...
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Question posted on February 28, 2013; 1 response
What is impartiality for a judge deciding something like a legal case? I'm not asking about an impartial decision by the judge, but about an impartial situation. For instance, I'm necessarily partial (in this sense) when deciding a case concerning...
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Question posted on February 21, 2013; 1 response
Hello, I am currently studying philosophy and ethics at my school. We are doing an assignment at the moment on human nature and three element of human nature and how they link in with society itself and help to form and...
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Question posted on February 14, 2013; 1 response
hello - i am trying to identify the school of philosophy that posits that optimal systems or societies are created only when the designers or creators are blind to the role they will play in that system or society. ...
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