Practical advice: Should I give money to a beggar?

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M. wrote: Should I give money to a beggar who asks me every day at the same traffic light on my way to work? I understand that Stoically we are citizens of the cosmos and we must help each other; but when it comes to temperance, as a cardinal virtue, does it mean that I should give him some coins one day, and the next I should not? People I have talked to have told me that they are lazy, that they do

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Philosophy as a Way of Life

Philosophy as a Way of Life

by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.org/essays/