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Judd v Weinstein: Reexamining Ex Post Facto

Ex post facto laws allow us to avoid retroactive legislation. But in the era after #MeToo, maybe there are some crimes that should be punished after the fact.
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Should You Rate Your Professor? The Ethics of Student Evaluations

Just how reliable are student evaluations of teachers at the end of the semester? Often, they reveal biases.
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What PETA Gets Right about Animal Metaphors (and What it Gets...

PETA's list of updated metaphors has sparked memes and ridicule. What did PETA do right - or wrong?

Opinion

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Self-Care in the Late Capitalist Era

Self-care is crucial, but is it overly commodified?
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Why You are Wrong to Donate to the #BorderWall GoFundMe Campaign

Opinion: The GoFundMe campaign supporting the building of the proposed border wall has some fundamental philosophical problems.
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Is All Comedy Ethical? The Office’s Irresponsible Use of Satire

Satire deliberately exaggerates societal issues to make a point -- and to make us change. But what if it doesn't work?

Culture

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The Slave Bible: Editing the Word of God

In D.C.'s Museum of the Bible, there's an artifact that might change the way you think about slavery and Christianity. It's called the Slave Bible.
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New Year’s Resolutions and The Problem of Self-Promising

Is breaking your New Year's resolution the same as breaking a promise? Philosophers might give us an answer.
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Dating and Choice in the Digital Age

Online dating offers people a wider choice in partners, but also might serve to intensify bias.

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Judd v Weinstein: Reexamining Ex Post Facto

Ex post facto laws allow us to avoid retroactive legislation. But in the era after #MeToo, maybe there are some crimes that should be punished after the fact.
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The Resurgence of Tarot

What does the newfound popularity of tarot tell us about society?
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The Rise of Political Echo Chambers

Echo chambers are creating insular factions and polarizing politics. Is this a problem? And is there a way out?
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Aging and Blaming in the Criminal Justice System

As the average life expectancy increases, those sentenced to life in prison are facing more punishment than previous generations.
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On Gene Editing, Disease, and Disability

Gene editing is controversial for many reasons, but it's especially thorny when it comes to issues such as selective abortion, disease, and disability.
Photograph of Slave Bible showing the edited Exodus passage

The Slave Bible: Editing the Word of God

In D.C.'s Museum of the Bible, there's an artifact that might change the way you think about slavery and Christianity. It's called the Slave Bible.