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Collective Action and Climate Change: Consumption, Defection, and Motivation

Individual incentives are at odds with collective rationality. How might models like the Prisoner's Dilemma illuminate our current predicament?
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Natural Law Theory and Human Rights Advocacy

How should we understand the relation between law and morality? And what might this answer mean for human rights?
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Disagreements in Ethical Reasoning: Opinion and Inquiry

Disagreement about our moral duties and obligations is inevitable. But this does not show that morality is a matter of opinion or that ethics is subjective.

Opinion

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When It Comes to Privacy, We Shouldn’t Have to “EARN-IT”

The push to hold Facebook and Pinterest accountable for illicit material circulated by private users on their sites may also undermine our internet privacy and put limits on free speech.
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To My Fellow Students and Our Institutions:

Just as in the case of climate change, it seems we have a difficult time organizing to combat an unseen threat. Is education the answer?
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The Politicization of Disease

The current pandemic is but another opportunity to observe the perennial conflict between private interest and public good.

Culture

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Gay Representation and ‘Onward’

Corporations often try to brand themselves as inclusive and progressive, but is there any substance behind these labels or is it all just marketing?

Ethical Messages at the Academy Awards

It has become common for those being honored to use their time on stage to comment on social justice issues. Should they?

The Good Place and the Good Life

NBC's show explores all manner of philosophical quandary, but focuses especially on the meaning of life and the morality in mortality.

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Re-Thinking Mass Incarceration: COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

Prisons are a hotbed for spreading infectious disease, and we've changed policies to accommodate this fact. But these changes should also make us reconsider how they function in normal circumstances.
photograph of laptop with a lock with keys on it

When It Comes to Privacy, We Shouldn’t Have to “EARN-IT”

The push to hold Facebook and Pinterest accountable for illicit material circulated by private users on their sites may also undermine our internet privacy and put limits on free speech.
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The Ethics of Triage

What principles can we lean on when making weighing need against prognosis? How should uncertainty and scarcity of resources change our decision-making?
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Swamping, Epistemic Trespassing, and Coronavirus

With just one news story occupying so much of our attention, we become more susceptible to manipulation.
photograph of young people partying as the sun goes down

To My Fellow Students and Our Institutions:

Just as in the case of climate change, it seems we have a difficult time organizing to combat an unseen threat. Is education the answer?
photograph of seesaw with 1 paper cutout man balanced against 20

The Politicization of Disease

The current pandemic is but another opportunity to observe the perennial conflict between private interest and public good.