Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity
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Post No.: 0585   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s get deep! What makes you ‘you’ from one moment to the next?   Personal identity is a key question in philosophy. (Some other big questions in philosophy concern God, knowledge and justified … Read More

Machines Have Long Taken Over the World!
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Post No.: 0568   Furrywisepuppy says:   It isn’t unscientific to view organic brains as essentially physical, biological machines. Computer software is also ultimately material when you break it down. Programming – whether via computers or DNA – is a … Read More

But the Question is, is it Art?
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Post No.: 0556   Furrywisepuppy says:   What is art? Well Marcel Duchamp was arguably the first to blatantly demonstrate that it’s contextual – stick a urinal in an art gallery setting and suddenly it’s considered art(!) Some, though, will … Read More

Do We Even Deserve Our Own Natural Talents?
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Post No.: 0540   Furrywisepuppy says:   We shall jump straight back to continue from the end of Post No.: 0533 and our analysis of equal opportunities, and move onto whether people deserve even the fruits of their own natural … Read More

A Fair Rather than Formal Equality of Opportunities
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Post No.: 0533   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s been a while since Post No.: 0458 but let’s get back to exploring the thoughts of John Rawls, the ‘veil of ignorance’ and his concept of liberty and equality.   …Both Immanuel … Read More

Rationality Can Sometimes Be Considered Abhorrent
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Post No.: 0517   Furrywisepuppy says:   The best decision-making strategies are said to involve the application of rational logic. It’s about avoiding the cognitive traps, biases and errors that could cloud more objective and fair thinking.   But ‘bounded … Read More

Some Medical Bioethical Quandaries to Ponder
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Post No.: 0498   Fluffystealthkitten says:   There are a vast array of bioethical quandaries related to medical matters – some are rare situations that few will ever face but some will affect many people one day sooner or later … Read More

The Brain and the ‘Hard Problem of Consciousness’
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Post No.: 0484   Furrywisepuppy says:   Philosophers differentiate between sentience (being receptive to one’s surroundings and acting in an intelligent way), wakefulness (not being asleep or incapacitated), access consciousness (thoughts that guide our actions) and phenomenal consciousness (subjective feelings). … Read More

From Behind the Veil of Ignorance
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Post No.: 0458   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s now look at what John Rawls – a social or egalitarian liberal – thought…   John Rawls was against utilitarianism and extended on Immanuel Kant’s thoughts by believing that if the principles … Read More

The Countless Dilemmas in Bioethics
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Post No.: 0416   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Bioethics relates to the ethical issues arising from, the ever-increasing, advances in biology and medicine. There are innumerable dilemmas when it comes to bioethics. These include issues related to informed (or misinformed) consent, weak/soft … Read More

The Morality Maze and Ad Hoc Moral Rationalisations
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Post No.: 0391   Furrywisepuppy says:   Morality doesn’t just differ between different cultures but can differ between different individuals within the same country – often to suit individual people’s own particular worldviews, lifestyles and aspirations! There seems to be … Read More

What’s Moral Today Could Become Immoral Tomorrow?
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Post No.: 0381   Furrywisepuppy says:   Most Christians didn’t see slavery as something that was immoral at one time. A minority of Muslims don’t consider suicide bombings immoral today. Murder can be seen as immoral, yet the extra-judicial killing … Read More

Deontological Ethics Under Investigation
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Post No.: 0366   Furrywisepuppy says:   We took a look at liberalism, mainly according to what John Locke believed in, in Post No.: 0357. Let’s now take a brief look at some of Immanuel Kant’s thoughts…   Immanuel Kant … Read More

Liberalism Under Scrutiny
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Post No.: 0357   Furrywisepuppy says:   After exploring libertarianism in Post No.: 0315, we can compare it with liberalism. John Locke is commonly known as the father of liberalism. Liberalism is a political and moral ideology based on liberty, … Read More

Can We Be Both Genetically Pre-Programmed and Free?
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Post No.: 0331   Furrywisepuppy says:   We’re all ‘pre-wired’ or ‘pre-programmed’ regarding our basic propensities, drives, emotions, instincts and behaviours. In some cases we might even be considered ‘hard-wired’. Although we may think we’re each unique, individual or totally … Read More

Libertarianism Under the Microscope
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Post No.: 0315   Furrywisepuppy says:   Robert Nozick, who supported the school of libertarianism, believed in a minimal state that had no distributive justice (welfare state) or paternalism (people should not be stopped from harming themselves if that’s what … Read More

Embodied Cognition (Mind, Body and Environment)
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Post No.: 0301   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Embodied cognition’ is about the (non-neural) body being integral to the mind too. A mind and body is also shaped by, and shapes, the wider environment. The notion of a ‘mind-body dualism’ is … Read More

Utilitarianism Under Examination
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Post No.: 0289   Furrywisepuppy says:   Utilitarianism is an example of consequentialism because it cares ultimately about the outcomes or consequences of things rather than the methods to achieve them – in the case of utilitarianism, this means maximising the … Read More

Disgust as a Guide to What’s Right or Wrong
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Post No.: 0272   Furrywisepuppy says:   The emotion of disgust probably evolved to protect us from the tiny microorganisms and viruses that can harm us from the inside, while the emotion of fear probably evolved to protect us from … Read More

Can Everyone Have Freedom and Equality?
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Post No.: 0246   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We can be said to have standing-based justice/rights (rights that we have for simply being human, for being sentient or for being able to feel pleasure or suffering) and action-matching justice/rights (rights that … Read More

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