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Do Women’s Soccer Players Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Play?

In assessing the different sides of the debate there are a number of relevant factors at play from relative commercial value to social message and even historical injustice.
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The Ethics of Telling All: What’s at Stake in Memoir Writing?

In memoir writing, where's the line between tell-all and telling too much?
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Pinterest’s Block on Anti-Vaccination Content

Pinterest quietly removed anti-vaccination content from the site, making both 'anti-vax' and 'vaccine' unsearchable. Was this the right thing to do?

Opinion

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Determinism and Punishment

Should it be revealed that our actions are not as autonomous as we assume them to be, how might this impact our conception of punishment and desert?
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To Keep, or Not to Keep? The US Electoral College and...

Much has been written bemoaning the Electoral College, but the implications of mantras like "one person, one vote," or worries about political representation run much deeper. The NPVIC does nothing to address this.
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On Julia le Duc’s Photograph and the Choice Not to View...

What are the duties of news organizations and photographers? What are the rights of viewers? And what obligation do we have as humans to bear witness to tragedy and suffering?

Culture

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Moral and Existential Lessons from “Chernobyl”

The miniseries takes up a number of philosophical themes (e.g., what it means to know, the nature of authority, the virtue of humility), but chief among these is our existential confrontation with the Absurd.
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The Ethics of Scientific Advice: Lessons from “Chernobyl”

HBO's miniseries offers a new opportunity to revisit an age-old debate: Should we keep value judgments out of science? Can we?
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Are Loot Boxes “Quite Ethical”?

Recent rulings have called the loot box mechanics used in franchises like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront "gambling for children." What's the danger?

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Pacific Islands Forum: Climate War in the Pacific

The growing climate crisis is highlighting our interconnectedness; one nation's consumption is another nation's problem.
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The Ethics of Chimeric Research

Developing human/non-human embryos for research and organ transplant raises tough questions about the value of human life and the politics of species taxonomy.
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What’s In a Name? The Morality in “Meat”

Recent legal challenges to the use of 'meat' and 'milk' labels for alternatives (from Tofurky to soymilk and even in vitro meat) lack legal weight and moral reason.
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The Endangered ‘Endangered Species Act’

Roll-backs and deregulation concerning 'threatened' species raise questions about the weighing of human and animal interests.
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Data Transparency: Knowing What Google Knows about You

Should we be concerned about Google mining user data to generate consumer profiles? What does data transparency require?
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Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: DNA Data Collection in Xinjiang

A coercive data collection campaign in China raises questions about corporate complicity. What obligation, if any, do companies have when their goods are being used to cause harm or violate others' rights?