Crime and Law

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Pastor Fritts, the First Amendment, and Public and Private Reason

Free and open debate is often lauded, but much is also written of the limits. In what ways does one's position change the character of particular speech acts?
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The Decriminalization of Prostitution and the Commodification of Sex

Several states' recent legal push to decriminalize sex work asks us to reevaluate the way we weigh competing concerns about individual autonomy, the nature of exploitation, and the commodification of goods and services.
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Collective Responsibility and the MMIWG Report

The recent report concerning Canada's Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has a lot to say about the legacy of colonialism.
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Press Freedom in Australia: Democracy, Transparency, and Trust

Recent government raids on news organizations in Australia prompt discussion of the boundaries of categories like the public interest and national security threats.
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Inconsistency in Animal Abuse

Many express outrage at news stories involving the poor care of pets, but the implications of our indignation often go unnoticed.
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Game of Thrones: Dragons, Despots, and Just War

The TV show addresses a host of philosophical issues from the principle of proportionality to jus post bellum and realpolitik.
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Christianity’s Role in Alt-Right Terrorism: More than an Aesthetic

Recent events have raised questions about Christianity's relation to alt-right ideology and its role in right-wing terrorism.
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Gun Control and the Ethics of Constitutional Rights

The US and New Zealand's positions on gun control could not be farther apart. How have political climates and history shaped these cultural attitudes? What is the substance of the right to bear arms? How broad is its justification?
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“It Wasn’t ‘Me'”: Neurological Causation and Punishment

Our understanding of neurological causation and personal responsibility is evolving. What is the impact of these findings for our criminal justice system?
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The Ethics of Philosophical Exemptions

Given the threat to public health, what bar should a claim to philosophical exemption from vaccination need to clear?