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Ethics of downloading ebooks

Please help me decide how to ethically consume books now that I'm the owner of a brand shiny new Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 14, 2014 - 28 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me find a webcomic equating unethical behavior with climbing stairs

I'm trying to find an old webcomic I read years ago, possibly linked from metafilter. I remember that it was a really text heavy comic (large walls of text in speech bubbles). It made an analogy between committing immoral acts and climbing stairs. You don't just do evil things outright, you bend what is acceptable to you a little bit at a time, like climbing stairs one step at a time. I also think the webcomic overall had a feminist theme.
posted by fingo on Aug 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Religious food storage v hoarding laws?

How do religious folk who practice food storage as part of preparedness beliefs and customs deal with actual instances of widespread food shortages? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Is extreme but consensual sadism immoral?

What is a good argument for the immorality of terribly sadistic but ultimately consensual sex, from a secular perspective? [more inside]
posted by limon on Jan 2, 2010 - 61 answers

How can I justify having luxuries while others lack necessities?

How can I morally justify spending money on luxuries while others lack necessities? Many reputable charities offer ways to save or vastly improve the lives of people in extreme poverty for small donations. What type of person am I if I spend $10 on a movie ticket, for example, that could be spent on mosquito netting to protect a poor child from malaria or to vaccinate dozens of children against measles? I don't see how giving a fixed percentage of my income, such as tithing, absolves me of further moral responsibility.
posted by espertus on Feb 22, 2009 - 66 answers

Alcohol Ethicists, do they exist?

What are some definitive scholarly sources on the ethics of alcohol? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Oct 15, 2008 - 7 answers

[ethicsfilter] two of my friends are getting it on. one of them has herpes. should I tell the other?

[ethicsfilter] two of my friends are getting it on. one of them has herpes. should I tell the other? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 9, 2008 - 70 answers

Trying to think out the ethics involved here ...

I have an ethical or logical quandary that I'm trying to puzzle out. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 17, 2008 - 33 answers

Lawful Evil Movie Scenes?

Video clips that demonstrate the difference between rules and morals/ethics? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Help Sophie Make a Choice

You're a single mother, with no living relatives except your twin daughters, who are both dying of kidney failure. You have one kidney to donate. Is there a moral/ethical philosophy that deals with such rock/hard place dilemmas? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 2, 2006 - 24 answers

From whence do you derive your moral code?

Atheists and agnostics: From whence do you derive your moral code? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Nov 8, 2005 - 90 answers

How do I align my values with my career?

Please help me better align my values with my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Boycott an organization, or work within to change it?

Philosophical question regarding opposition: When is it appropriate to leave or boycott an organization when one disagrees with its policies, as opposed to actively working with or within the organization to change its policies to your liking? Recent posts regarding gay ministers and Boy Scouts make me wonder whether boycotting organizations is the best approach, or whether one should remain within an organization in an effort to reform it?
posted by Doohickie on Dec 3, 2004 - 28 answers

Moral Calculus.

EthicsFilter: Do you support making what you feel is an unjust law or policy more equitable? [MI] [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on Nov 7, 2004 - 10 answers

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