Suppose a man has planted a bomb in New York City, and it will explode in twenty-four hours unless the police are able to find it. Should it be legal for the police to use torture [...]
Philosopher John Locke believes that your “unalienable right” to liberty does not include the right to kill yourself. Is he right? What does your liberty entitle you to do [...]
A question to consider as you think about the same-sex marriage debate: is it possible to decide what the law should be without entering into moral and religious controversies [...]
“Jobs, opportunities, and positions of authority should be distributed solely on the basis of merit.” Do you agree?
According to philosopher Robert Nozick, when the government takes even a dollar from Bill Gates, a billionaire, and gives it to a poor person, it is like forcing Gates to work for the poor person. Is Nozick right to think that redistributive taxation is like forced labor? Should there be no redistributive taxation whatsoever?
Consider the example, of the Romans throwing Christians to lions in the Coliseum. If enough cheering spectators derive great pleasure from this violent practice, are there any grounds on which a utilitarian could condemn it?
What is moral character? Is it what you tend to do, or is it your beliefs and your attitudes?