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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 and the Tragedy of the Commons 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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Australia’s Apocalyptic Summer

The situation in Australia is further complicated by the climate change politics at play. It may not have caused the fires, but climate change isn't only in the minds of "raving inner-city lefties" either.
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Of Trump and Truth

The political assault on truth has far-reaching implications. Can we save government from Orwellian dystopia and rescue ethics from a world without facts?
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Impeachment as a Means to an End

The value of the impeachment hearings extends well beyond the immediate political horizon. It is not a tool in service of a particular end, but a communicative symbol to the world.

Culture

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The Witcher and the Lesser of Two Evils

Netflix's recent adaptation delves into philosophical issues from the problem of dirty hands to questions of utilitarian calculus.
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Resurrecting James Dean: The Ethics of CGI Casting

From Carrie Fisher in Star Wars to James Dean in Finding Jack, the use of CGI is expanding. What could be the harm in bringing back beloved icons to the screen?
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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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On Political Purity Tests

How should we approach elections? Is there a midway between being too idealistic and sacrificing our values?
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The Harms of Reporting Political Insults

When even the presentation of facts is non-neutral, how can journalism retain any claim to objectivity?
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Campaign Donations, Caveat Emptor, and #RefundPete

Campaign donations can give contributors a sense of entitlement, but can these feelings be justified? What does our dollar really buy? What should it buy?
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Strategic Nonviolence: An Alternative to Moral Pacifism

Political protest can take many forms. While civil resistance is often thought to rally under a single banner, the aims and means of demonstration can be markedly different.
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Smoking Legislation and the E-Cigarette Epidemic

The e-cigarette industry has been able to attract a generation with a high resistance to the appeal of Big Tobacco, and lawmakers cry foul. Is this government overreach or legitimate protection?
photograph of The Witcher character from a gaming expo

The Witcher and the Lesser of Two Evils

Netflix's recent adaptation delves into philosophical issues from the problem of dirty hands to questions of utilitarian calculus.