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 -
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 -
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?
posted by m. says:
on Nov 5, 2013 -
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.
posted by 517
on Oct 26, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
Are there any books that discuss morals as a kind of social norm?
posted by Pants!
on May 12, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jun 10, 2009 -
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 -
[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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Jimmy (my friend/roommate/landlord) and I both like to have a sparkling clean apartment. He thinks it's lazy and morally objectionable to hire a maid. I think my free time is valuable so I don't want to spend it cleaning bathrooms.
Since cost isn't a concern, how do I convince my roommate that we should just leave the cleaning to the professionals and hire a maid? [more inside]
posted by santry
on Aug 5, 2006 -
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 -
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 -