39 Answered Questions for the topic Ethics


Why is a lion not evil?

One often hears the claim that animals who kill and such, are not in fact evil. The typical example is that of a lion or a tiger that kills a prey. The argument is more or less that the animal acts... more

Evil thoughts without actions?

Can a thought without a corresponding action be morally wrong? More fully, under which approaches to morality do thoughts, in and of themselves, carry moral significance? In particular I'm looking... more
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What are the ethical problems with flipping a coin to decide in the trolley problem?

My understanding is that John M. Taurek suggests that, in the Trolley Problem, we should flip a coin when deciding between saving 5 lives versus 1 life (assuming we do not know any of these... more

Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!?

A fairly sizable client whom I've done a few jobs for over the past several years has recently contacted me for a new job. We have never had a contract for any of the work I've done for them (I'm a... more

How can one rebut the argument that atheism is inherently immoral?

It not uncommon to see religious people arguing that without the moral center of a religious text, true ethics are impossible. The reasoning goes that, without a fixed moral center, atheists are... more


Does the idea of being created imply the necessity for obedience to a creator?

If a scientist created intelligent life (biological, AI software, etc.), would that scientist have the right to dictate to that life a moral framework? Does the act of creation give implicit rights... more


Create a Rule Utilitarian argument

Create a Rule Utilitarian argument that argues if you should fire your rockets or not. You are not being forced to make an argument one way or another, but I want you to be able to argue as you... more

People give a variety of reasons for copying music from a friend instead of buying it.

People give a variety of reasons for copying music from a friend instead of buying it. Refute each of the reasons given below, using any of the ethical theories (utilitarianism, kant's moral... more


You are a reporter in Portland, Oregon, working on a story about a manufacturing company’s pollution of the Columbia River. A friend of yours works in the Human

You must decide whether to take the job or try to get the evidence by other means. If you take the job, it will be undercover. The company would not hire you if it knew that you were a reporter... more


Does a consumer have an ethical responsibility?

Do you believe consumers have an ethical duty when purchasing goods? E.g. should they buy sustainable oil or fair trade goods? - or is it not their problem?


Can you identify if these are arguments or not?

1. Fictional characters behave according to the same psychological probabilitiesas real people. But the characters of ?ction are found in exotic dilemmas that real people hardly encounter.... more


What are the tort standards for establishing a business's responsibilities for safe products?

This is an ethical responsibility Class.

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