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Greater good or individual right (Bentham or Rawls)?

Bentham posited that:  "It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong." (More commonly,…

Started by Arcus

45 Mar 24, 2013
Reply by Unseen

Does God HAVE to be good?

Perhaps because Christians portray Yahweh as "The God of Love" and prayers with lines like "God so loved the world that he gave his only so…

Started by Unseen

23 Mar 18, 2013
Reply by archaeopteryx

The most important question ever asked

Nietzsche writes in Beyond God and Evil of the 'new philosophers' future atheists who will reject all metaphysical notions, commanders and…

Started by Bo Fowler

89 Mar 12, 2013
Reply by Gallup's Mirror

Coming out as an atheist to your friends and family.

You know the story. But I want some straight answers. 1. What makes me the bad guy? 2. What makes you the good guy? 3. Who has the truth…

Started by Val Wuthrich

20 Feb 26, 2013
Reply by Nate Lundgren

Dualism and Monism from an Atheistic viewpoint

Preface – this discussion originated in another thread which can be viewed here: http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/fellow-atheists-w

Started by Anon

50 Feb 1, 2013
Reply by Anon

We Do Have To Take Some Things On Faith

I would say yes. We take all kinds of things on faith because we have to. Things that seem obvious but are essentially unprovable. Just to…

Started by Unseen

34 Jan 8, 2013
Reply by James Cox

Intelligence... what is it good for?

What would you say are the most valuable elements of intelligence in a being over all? With 1. being most important... Yea, i'm going somew…

Started by dragotron

0 Nov 28, 2012

Power, status and wealth - why don't they make us truly happy? Or do they?

Perhaps those things are not valuable in themselves.  Sometimes they can be a cheap buzz, an easy distraction from more constructive and in…

Started by Simon Paynton

5 Oct 27, 2012
Reply by Yahweh

Are "urges" the source of man's suffering?

SO, I know that's a pretty grand title, and believe me, I'll get to that point. But to begin I have to explain the thought process that led…

Started by Lee

39 Oct 10, 2012
Reply by Simon Paynton

What Makes Us Human?

     So I was having an online discussion with my younger brother a little more than a week ago about abortion. Being a devout and pro-life…

Started by Sagacious Hawk

366 Oct 6, 2012
Reply by archaeopteryx

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