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Can I train myself to make more moral snap decisions?

I feel like I make more moral decisions when I have time to think than when I have to decide immediately, and I'd like to achieve parity. [more inside]
posted by ionnin on Jul 13, 2016 - 18 answers

Be a good person or a good employee

I recently found out that a department head at my office has accepted a position at a rival firm. No one at my office knows. Should I tell the division head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Knights of the round table - virtues and vices?

In the Arthurian legends pretty much every knight has a virtue which he absolutely epitomizes and an vice, typically one of the deadly sins, with which he struggles and, sometimes, is his undoing. I'm trying to put together some references to this for a role playing game type of thing and my google fu is failing me. Surely there are at least a hundred master theses on this subject alone and one of them has been reduced into a web site with a clever info-graphic. Right? Help? Anyone?
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Why are rights expanding?

Does anyone know why people are increasingly receiving rights now rather than at other points in history? Like, women's rights, Civil rights, gay rights, trans rights, animal rights, etc.? Jon Haidt talks about how Western liberals (among many others) have a morality loosely based on reducing harm, but how has that developed? Why now? I'm looking for any literature on the topic, ranging from academic to loose conjecture.
posted by mrmanvir on Oct 31, 2015 - 20 answers

Who owns this sign, the guy who bought it or the original owners?

If someone buys something that ends up having sentimental value to someone else and was previously owned by them, are you obligated to give it to that person/s? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Oct 11, 2015 - 26 answers

Are atheists, in fact, responsible for more mass murder than theists?

I'm an atheist trying to take the question of secular morality in society seriously. In debates about whether a secular society is better than a religious one, theists often allude to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc -- the mass murders of the 20th century who were motivated by secular beliefs. Are theists right that atheists killed more people in the 20th century than religious leaders did? What notable examples of this exist, besides the three mentioned above? [more inside]
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Sep 21, 2015 - 27 answers

Anyone know a good therapist in Brighton/Watertown area of Boston?

I am looking for a good therapist in the Watertown or Brighton area of Boston - say within a 5-10 minute drive from Brighton Center. Would prefer female and someone who has experience with relationship issues and/or mortality issues. Can anyone make a recommendation?
posted by IzzeYum on Jul 2, 2015 - 1 answer

small-scale plagiarism: right or wrong?

My friend is currently studying at university, and she asked me to help her out with one of her assignments. I refused, saying I considered what she was asking me to do to be wrong. She became upset, and now I feel lousy, like I've let her down. I would like to gauge others' perspectives here: if you were in my shoes, how would you have reacted? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 26, 2015 - 60 answers

Are we more or less honest than a hundred years ago?

Are the citizens of the U.S. more or less honest than a hundred years ago? Is there any longitudinal research that explores this question? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 11, 2015 - 3 answers

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

Am I morally obligated to rent to someone after a huge breach of trust?

The person who was supposed to watch our pets while we were away on a short trip didn’t follow through. Our animals are fine but this situation has set off a complicated chain of events and now I’m not sure what to do. Well, frankly, I am sure but I’d like to sort it through here because you all can be objective in ways I can’t right now. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Aug 8, 2014 - 48 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

So here's the thing. My dad just got diagnosed with ALS-- Lou Gehrig's Disease, That Thing That Stephen Hawking Has, you know the drill-- and I have a moral dilemma. [more inside]
posted by dogheart on Jul 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Car insurance error in my favor?

Giant National Car Insurance Company and I disagree about whether or not I have paid my insurance bill for this half-year. They say I have. I say I haven't. Should I just give up and keep the money? Moral Quandry inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2014 - 18 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

Car Insurance- Get them involved or Don't get them involved?

3 years ago my husband backed into a concrete pole in a parking garage while away on business. It has rendered the hatch back useless. We are now moving and need the hatch back more than ever. For many reasons we never informed our insurance company and never fixed it. This is what our insurance is for; right? [more inside]
posted by m. says: on Nov 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Psychological Stages of Development

I am looking for a description of a theory of psychological/moral stages of development that was from a somewhat obscure psychologist/sociologist. I can't remember the name of the author of the theory but I can tell you that it wasn't: Piaget, Erikson, Maslow, Freud, or Kohlberg. The theory described multiple levels of awareness of others thinking and emotions, moral reasoning in regards to others, and very few people reached the final level of development. I know it's a vague question, but any help is appreciated. Thanks!
posted by 517 on Oct 26, 2013 - 8 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

Immoral to secure tickets to concert by bringing one's disabled friend?

I missed out on buying tickets to the only London gig my favourite artist is playing this year (and on top of this he hasn't toured in three years) so I ended up asking my disabled friend if she'd come with me if I paid her ticket. This meant I was able to get tickets to the already sold-out gig after the standard tickets had long gone. While booking, I also realised that the disabled seats area is a prime spot in the venue and very near the stage. Was it immoral that I would "use" my friend's disability to enable me to go see this gig (in a better spot than I could've ever hoped), albeit with her consent/blessing? [more inside]
posted by mrsh on May 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Morality as social norms?

Are there any books that discuss morals as a kind of social norm?
posted by Pants! on May 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help! I've turned out uptight!

How do I get over the idea that non-essential things in life are immoral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 - 36 answers

How friendly is too friendly with an attached man?

Are you a bad person if your guy friend leaves his girlfriend for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 - 56 answers

How can I do more good?

I'm in a panic because of a moral crisis. How can I justify owning anything recreational when others have nothing? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Sep 24, 2011 - 48 answers

All that blood and violence. I thought you were supposed to be the love generation.

Give me horror films that purposefully defy or invert the traditional conservativism of horror movie conventions. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Aug 16, 2011 - 33 answers

Documentaries on religion and morality?

Suggestions, please, for provocative, informative, hilarious, and/or disturbing documentaries about religion and social/moral/ethical issues? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on May 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Help me add 18th-century philosophy and fiction to my video game!

I'm making a mod for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, set in Prussia around the turn of the nineteenth century (late 1700s or early 1800s), and I'm looking to add short written excerpts on the theme of abstract justice versus the collateral human cost of achieving it as notes for the player to pick up. [more inside]
posted by Tubalcain on Jan 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Rejecting your core values, but not you

Can I make a religious friend okay with not-religious me? Sorry, long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 54 answers

searching for thoughtful, in-depth criticism of Wikileaks

Looking for thoughtful criticism (either pro- or anti-) on WikiLeaks, in particular works that explore WikiLeaks' moral dimensions and/or historical context. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Dec 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition?

Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Nov 26, 2010 - 40 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

I feel lost and confused in life

How do I get it together? [more inside]
posted by aerosun on Aug 27, 2010 - 11 answers

You Can't Do That!

I'm looking for a vaguely-remembered quote to the effect of "I only believe in restrictions that are forbidden to all." The meaning was that man-made injunctions don't carry as much weight as universal ones. Sorry, I can't even recall the author! Maybe Spinoza?
posted by growli on Aug 9, 2010 - 2 answers

I'm looking for a link to an article on philosophy / morality that I can't seem to find.

I'm looking for a link to an article on philosophy / morality that I can't seem to find. [more inside]
posted by CallMeWhiskers on Jun 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Why do women in East Texas think contraception is morally wrong?

Why do women in East Texas think contraception is morally wrong? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Feb 17, 2010 - 46 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

No room if you 'aint hitched?

Do hotels or motels refuse to rent rooms to unmarried couples anymore? I took my girlfriend on a romantic getaway to the beach this weekend, and while I was not very concerned about it, I did wonder if it would be a problem. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Sep 28, 2009 - 27 answers

Is health care a Ponzi scheme?

Is health care a Ponzi scheme? I'm trying to work out my feelings about the health care debate, and our moral obligations to take care of each other. Will improved health care just lead to larger populations and longer life spans, and more and more expenses to take care of them all? Am I a bad person for thinking this? I smoke, so I'll probably check out early without consuming all your future resources on my elder care. Does this mitigate my xenocidal tendencies or make them worse?
posted by Area Control on Sep 13, 2009 - 25 answers

I want to see more bad people

Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2009 - 71 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

Comprehensive book on moral philosphy?

What is a good introductory-level book on moral philosophy? [more inside]
posted by the other side on Jan 13, 2009 - 15 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

Heuristics and Morality

Any pointers to books/people/readers/papers on heuristics in morality? [more inside]
posted by not sure this is a good idea on Aug 3, 2008 - 4 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

Why morality?

Why do theists bring up morality when arguing for the existence of god? [more inside]
posted by wigglin on Apr 5, 2008 - 97 answers

"Hang on...what am I doing?!"

Looking for first-hand accounts of acts of genuine evil. [more inside]
posted by greytape on Apr 1, 2008 - 41 answers

How can this pilgrim acquire faith?

Please help this petty agnostic acquire faith in a higher power. [more inside]
posted by mr_book on Feb 10, 2008 - 71 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

"In war, brutality is good because it makes the war end quickly." I disagree; help me think about why.

Someone quoted to me a quote last night that was along the lines of, "War is a brutal and horrible thing, and the more brutal and horrible it is, the faster it's over." He used this both in defense of using nuclear bombs in WWII and in support of a similar approach for Iraq. I don't agree. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Aug 18, 2007 - 30 answers

How okay is it to purchase from a pawnshop?

What is the risk of buying stolen or otherwise morally questionable goods from a pawn shop? [more inside]
posted by ThinkNut on May 5, 2007 - 33 answers

Art Relationship Morality Filter

Art Relationship Morality Filter – Have recently discovered my newly wed wife has lied to me about the contents of a painting that takes pride of place in our small flat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2007 - 41 answers

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