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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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Implicit Bias and the Efficacy of Training

A California law aims to address implicit bias, but recent research suggests that current training has little ability to change behavior.
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The Questionable Morality of Gonzo Journalism

The increasing trend of subjective reporting in journalism blurs the distinction between fact and opinion and threatens to undermine the political process.
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The Hong Kong Protests and International Obligation

As the object of a treaty between two sovereign nations, what responsibility do we have to the autonomy of Hong Kong?

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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Felicity Huffman Sentencing: Justice and Fairness in Punishment

Are fines an appropriate punishment when the wealthy attempt to purchase social, political, and economic advantage at others' expense?
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Implicit Bias and the Efficacy of Training

A California law aims to address implicit bias, but recent research suggests that current training has little ability to change behavior.
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Procreative Autonomy and Climate Change

Do we have an obligation to abstain from child-bearing given the growing climate crisis?
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Iris Murdoch and the Moral Dimensions of Literature

Is morality to be found in abstracted and universalizable concepts and theories, or in the subjective, situatedness of characters rooted in their earthly contexts? What can literature tell us about our moral universe?
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Faulty Forensics: Justice, Knowledge, and Bias

Our forensic methods aren't as objective as we assume, and the role prejudice is allowed to play undermines the legitimacy of our criminal justice system.
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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.