Society

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Plant-Based Meat Substitutes, Sensational Reporting, and Information Literacy

The media's treatment of recent plant-based meat rollouts fails to give the significant moral gains their due.
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Vaccination Abstention and the Principle of Autonomy

In the debate over vaccination abstention, the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to bodily integrity are in conflict with concerns of justice and public health. How can we make headway in the deadlock?
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The Criminalization of HIV Transmission and Responsibility for Risky Behavior

HIV criminalization laws have a lot to say about the duty to disclose and assumption of risk, and perhaps even more to say about attitudes of racism and homophobia.
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Concrete Milkshakes and the Ethics of Being Wrong on the Internet

Recent circulation of misinformation through media channels highlights a troubling trend regarding belief formation. What does it mean to be a responsible epistemic agent?
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To Keep, or Not to Keep? The US Electoral College and...

Much has been written bemoaning the Electoral College, but the implications of mantras like "one person, one vote," or worries about political representation run much deeper. The NPVIC does nothing to address this.
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Farmworker Abuse and Agricultural Exceptionalism

Farmwork has been treated much differently than other forms of labor. Is this difference justified or is it time for change?
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Surrogacy in New York

The ongoing debate in New York concerning the legality of commercial surrogacy touches on a number of philosophical issues from commodification to paternalism.
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Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

The campaign to stem the tide of misinformation online is beset by a number of formidable epistemic obstacles. How effective can fact-checking ever really be?
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On Julia le Duc’s Photograph and the Choice Not to View...

What are the duties of news organizations and photographers? What are the rights of viewers? And what obligation do we have as humans to bear witness to tragedy and suffering?

The Peace Cross and Separation of Church and State

Bladensburg's monument to veterans raises a number of thorny issues concerning the principle of neutrality, freedom of religion, and the foundations of law.