Ethics News

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Climate Justice: Whose Responsibility?

Is our duty to combat global heating grounded in responsibility, justice, or humanitarian concern? Why might this distinction matter?
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Justice and Rodney Reed: Evidence, Sentencing, and Appeal

The case of Rodney Reed raises a number of troubling issues from the public's impact on procedural fairness to retrial's claim to justice.
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Cruel and Unusual Reasoning? Some Recent SCOTUS Decisions on the Eighth...

Lee Boyd Malvo's appeal asks the Supreme Court to explain the bounds of what cruel and unusual punishment - what it does, and does not, mean.
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Is Death Forever?: The Case of Benjamin Schreiber

Schreiber's case highlights the ambiguity surrounding terms like "death" and "life without parole."
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Some Ethical Problems with Footnotes

What might be the moral implications of our notation choices in academic research? Could the ongoing debate over footnotes or endnotes be a moral debate?
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Is This an Emergency?: Why Language Matters

The language we use to describe the state of our world has significant influence in motivating human action.
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Forbidden Knowledge in Scientific Research

Given the profound societal effect that scientific studies can have, are there kinds of research that shouldn't be done or results that shouldn't be published? Can scientific censorship be justified?
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Commodification and Exploitation in Egg Donation

Egg donation holds invaluable promise for many, but it is also rife with societal implications for all.

Marieke Vervoort and Deciding How to Die

The recent passing of Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort prompts reflection on the thorny issues surrounding aid in dying legislation.
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MDs vs. NDs: On the Regulation of Naturopathic Medicine

NDs and MDs are both concerned for the public's health and patient autonomy, but is formally distinguishing NDs from unlicensed practitioners an advancement of, or a hindrance to, those goals?