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Is it irrational to not help?

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Started: 2/12/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 12 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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if you see someone in terrible suffering, & you see a button near him that you can press & end his suffering (without killing him) is it irrational to not do it? if so then why?
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Yes, any rationality based on simple ethics and morals will tell you to save the person. The only type of person that would not save the person is probably evil and only considers themselves before others. Try to imagine yourself in the position of this person and someone could kill or save you; the chances are that you would rather have them help you rather than kill you. But in the end it is up to the person pressing the button, and in my personal opinion it is irrational not to help.
Debate Round No. 1
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"Try to imagine yourself in the position of this person and someone could kill or save you"
thats empathy, the question is, if one doesnt have empathy then would it be irrational for him to not save him? if lack of empathy prevents you from helping others then could it be that helping others is not the product of rationality but of empathy?
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Posted by Blakedrast 1 year ago
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It isn't really a problem of rationality. There's really nothing to consider here since there are no underlying implications of any sort. This problem takes into considerate more of a personal moral code and the 'rationality' derives from the depth of the belief in this moral code. It will be deemed 'rational' based on the person pressing the button if it conforms with his moral beliefs. For instance, if his moral belief consists of saving the tortured, then it will be rational for him to press the button, whereas it will contradict his state of mind to not press the button, deeming it 'irrational'. Likewise, if his moral belief does not consist of saving the tortured, then it will be rational for him to not press the button.... It all comes down to the degree of belief one has in his own moral codes.
Posted by canis 1 year ago
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Irrational does not exist... In the moment. How could it ?
Posted by bananaedmonkey 1 year ago
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i feel like Pro is playing an anti-god argument here and i don't know why.
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