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Nasty, Brutish and Online: Is Facebook Revealing a Hobbesian Dystopia?

Was Thomas Hobbes right about human nature, and is Facebook proving it?
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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.

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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Esquire and the Life of an American Boy

Esquire's featuring of a white, male teenager as their cover story during Black History Month was just one strike against an ultimately concerning cover story.
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Nasty, Brutish and Online: Is Facebook Revealing a Hobbesian Dystopia?

Was Thomas Hobbes right about human nature, and is Facebook proving it?
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‘Toto Forever’ and the Ethics of Sound Pollution

Namibian artist Max Siedentopf's sound art installation of "Africa" by Toto is artistically intriguing but environmentally damaging.

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Unpacking the Tactic of Shutting Down the Government

Government shutdowns are often a highly partisan issue. So how should we parse the most recent one?
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In Colorado, The Right to Comprehensive Sex Education

Colorado students are testifying in favor of a bill that would make comprehensive sex education the norm in public schools, but not all parents are happy with the legislation.
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Esquire and the Life of an American Boy

Esquire's featuring of a white, male teenager as their cover story during Black History Month was just one strike against an ultimately concerning cover story.
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Considering the Consequences: Withdrawing from the INF Treaty

The INF Treaty was a crucial milestone in the ending of the Cold War, so what does it mean for the US to withdraw now?
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The Perils of Globalizing Mental Health

Is the western understanding of mental health and mental illness necessarily the best understanding?
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Is J. Cole the Savior of Hip-Hop?

Hip-hop has a complex relationship with old school and new school, but J. Cole might bring the genre to a more stylistically inclusive middle ground.