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Hello. I don't know whether this is a question for scientists or for

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ShareBeauty, BiologyRead another response about Beauty, BiologyHello. I don't know whether this is a question for scientists or for philosophers, but is it fair to say that beauty, whether in a landscape or in a person, is basically about unconsciously recognizing markers for survival and reproductive success? View the discussion thread.

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The Ethics of Weaponizing Incivility

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While Trump has gained much by weaponizing incivility and Maxine Waters seems to have gained little or even lost in her efforts to do so, there remains the question of the ethics of this practice. After all, there is a distinction between a tool that works well (or poorly) to achieve an end and the morality of that tool. One obvious approach is to embrace the ethics of Immanuel Kant. Kant was rather focused on the dignity and worth of such beings. One of his injunctions was that rational beings must never be treated merely as means to an end, but must always be treated as ends themselves. To treat a rational being with incivility to gain a political advantage would seem to violate this tenet of Kantian ethics. It could, perhaps, be argued that a rational being could be treated with incivility while still respecting its moral worth as a rational being. After all, Kant does claim that a being must prove worthy of happiness by having a good will and it could be argued that a rational. . .

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I—On Benevolence

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AbstractIt is widely agreed that benevolence is not the whole of the moral life, but it is not as widely appreciated that benevolence is an irreducible part of that life. This paper argues that Kantian efforts to characterize benevolence, or something like it, in terms of reverence for rational agency fall short. Such reverence, while credibly an important part of the moral life, is no more the whole of it than benevolence.

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We've been pondering the Problem of Evil. How can a good God allow evil to exist

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ShareReligionRead another response about ReligionWe've been pondering the Problem of Evil. How can a good God allow evil to exist? I think the solution is right there in opening pages of the Book of Genesis. According to the Bible, after six days' labor, God needed to rest to regain his strength. When God is enjoying some necessary down time, then evil takes advantage and spreads. Is this a convincing argument? View the discussion thread.

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Race & College Admission

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Under President Obama, the federal government offered schools voluntary guidelines showing how race could be used to promote diversity. The law as written (LAW) makes it clear that race can be used as one factor among many when admitting students and so the Obama administration was operating within the law—albeit with a push in favor of using race as a factor. The Trump administration has not changed the LAW but has replaced the Obama era guidelines by copy-pasting those from the Bush era. These guidelines also fall within the LAW but change the preference in favor of race-neutral methods of admission. On the one hand, it might be thought that this change is not a significant change. After all, the LAW remains the same, the only change is in the guidance offered by the government. As such, school admissions could remain the same. Embed from Getty. . .

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In an answer to a question about logic, Prof Maitzen says he is unaware of any

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Read another response about Physics, LogicRead another response by Allen StairsSharePhysics, LogicIn an answer to a question about logic, Prof Maitzen says he is unaware of any evidence that shows classical logic fails in a real-life situation. Perhaps he has never heard of an example from physics that shows how classic logic does not work in certain restricted situations? A polarizing filter causes light waves that pass through it to align only in one direction (e.g., up-down or left-right). If you have an up-down filter, and then a left-right filter behind it, no light gets through. However, if you place a filter with a 45 degree orientation between the up-down and left-right filter, some light does get through. It seems to me that classic logic cannot explain this real-world result. Thanks! Response from Allen Stairs on July 19, 2018: I'm sure that Stephen Maitzen will have useful things to say, but I. . .

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