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101 Philosophy Problems, 2nd Edition by Martin Cohen

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They should all proclaim their innocence, the wickedness of the government, etc. and, if they die, it will at least be with clean hands. If they again allow two others, whether picked by straws or whether ‘volunteers’, to die to save their skins they would have participated in something quite wrong. The others cannot decide what to do at all about this, and eventually, being democrats, move to a vote. Is that ethical? 17 Problem 13 A relative problem Professor Quesay was very pleased with his research on a recently discovered community.

Now many of the Marjonians are suffering real hardship. Some families have lost children through malnutrition. They want the available food shared out. However, the Marjonians with the natural springs do not want to change a situation where they have more food than they need and are able to lord it a bit over the others. They point out that, anyway, if the food was shared out, there would probably still not be enough. And the same objection that floored the proposal before—that no one would bother toiling in the plantations if they did not keep the benefit of their labour—is repeated.

He is so ashamed. He hides the offending picture in the attic. It lacks any originality or merit. He can’t think what he liked about it in the first place. Then one day, six years later, he reads in the Telegraph that art experts have discovered that all the great Van Dryvers were in fact paintings by his pupil, Van Rouge, who transformed his master’s tired and clichéd ideas into something rather higher. The value of Van Rouge’s works is now rightly recognised—he is the true giant of Renaissance Art,’ the article finishes.

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