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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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Celebrating Invasion Day: Australia’s History War

Australia Day isn't a cause for celebration for much of Australia's population: for First Nations members, it's a reminder of a dark colonial history.
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Computer Simulations and the Ethics of Predicting Human Behavior

Computer simulations can be helpful in predicting human behavior, but what about when those predictions are immoral?
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The US, the UN, and Human Rights Investigations

The US's recent decision to halt cooperating with UN human rights investigations sets a dangerous precedent - and endangers lives.
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Considering Custody Arrangements for Companion Animals

How should we determine custody of companion animals in cases of divorce? Similar to child custody? California and Alaska say yes.
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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?