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Question posted on November 20, 2014; no responses
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
Is there any point to attempting to better society, or is it better to live in self interest?...
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Question posted on October 9, 2014; 1 response
A there any compelling engagements one can deploy to counter existential nihilism -- i.e. the view that life (both in terms of individuals or in terms of the totality of humankind) has no intrinsic meaning or value, and that any...
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Question posted on September 25, 2014; 1 response
If philosophers were paid to answer questions on sites like this one, I think we'd agree that there would be more responses. But do you think the quality of responses would decrease? Is something that one is willing to do...
Business, Value Show

Question posted on September 4, 2014; 1 response
Does the acceptance of scientific naturalism commit one to the view that the universe is devoid of all meaning?...
Science, Value Show

Question posted on September 4, 2014; 1 response
Atheists argue that some things are intrinsically good or evil. Pain, for example, seems to be an intrinsic evil. It is evil in and of itself; its badness is part of its intrinsic nature and is not bestowed upon it from some...
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Question posted on September 4, 2014; 1 response
What does it mean to be healthy? Is healthiness intrinsically good and ill health intrinsically bad? When we consider ourselves to be in good health, it seems like we are referring to a linked but disparate set of qualities such as...
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Question posted on June 26, 2014; 1 response
Do people have intrinsic value? For several years now I've worked with people with disabilities of all sorts and degrees of severity. It has made me question a lot of things and think about why people matter. There are so many external...
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Question posted on June 12, 2014; 3 responses
The ancient Greek philosophical schools taught comprehensive philosophies of life. For them, the whole point of doing philosophy was to determine how to live well. Why do contemporary philosophers not publish philosophies of life? Has the point...
Philosophy, Value Show

Question posted on May 22, 2014; 1 response
Is judging a person by their intelligence analogous to racism? A person can't help the genetics that determines their intellectual capacity and the belief in the superiority of intelligent people seems to arguably be a basis for social inequalities....
Mind, Race, Value Show

Question posted on April 17, 2014; 2 responses
Is it possible for anything to matter? My teacher always tells me if I do bad in a drama scene, I shouldn't worry about it because no one will remember or care in a few weeks. Doesn't that apply to...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
Selfishness is considered bad in society, and my parents tell me to be as selfless as possible, but how can it be possible to be selfless? I think selfless can be traced back to our instincts. We had to work...
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Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
Various experiences, considered good, bad, beautiful, ugly, etc., are believed to give life "meaning." This implies that there is some underlying purpose beyond the natural processes of growth found everywhere in nature. A tree doesn't need to "mean"...
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Question posted on August 15, 2013; 1 response
Everyday, people set out to make the world a better place. And every now and then, people actually do something that DOES make the world a better place. Sometimes it's on a large scale, sometimes it's on a...
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Question posted on August 8, 2013; 1 response
I hope this isn't too general, but here's a question I've been wondering about: What is it that one has or does that, if one has or does it, one's life was not a waste?...
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Question posted on July 25, 2013; 1 response
Why do we do anything if nothing lasts forever? Every action we make is but a blip on the finite timeline of the universe, ending with the heat death. All our actions fade into insignificance as they become the past....
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Question posted on July 18, 2013; 1 response
Most currencies in the world today are issued by governments. Does this mean that money only has value because governments assign it value? By this definition, are commodities more valuable than money since value is assigned by individuals instead of...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
Why knowledge has intrinsic value? Why dow value knowledge for its own sake?...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
I would like to have some non-theistic response from you about the value of life. (I don't know if people asking about the "meaning of life" are asking what I want to ask, but I'll try to be specific.) One...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
According to value theory, does manufacturing an object (e.g. a bicycle) always result in more value than performing a service (e.g. giving a haircut) since the object can be used again and again, can be resold, and cannot be destroyed...
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