Society

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To Requite, To Restore, or To Deter: Punishing Amy Cooper

What model of punishment best accommodates our intuitions in this particular case?
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Let Hongkongers In

Are there legitimate fears that might explain reluctance to offer those ready to flee Hong Kong safe harbor and a path to citizenship?

The Moral Challenges of Opening Up Schools During the Pandemic

There may be no ideal one-size-fits-all solution for schools reopening, but that doesn't mean that all plans are equal.
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The BARD Standard and Justified Execution

Does the very possibility of wrongful conviction — inherent to the BARD standard — render capital punishment unconscionable?
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Individualism in the Time of COVID: The Rights and Wrongs of...

Whose rights are at stake when businesses require patrons to don face masks? How should we define the boundaries of our individual freedom?
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The Case For and Against D.C. Statehood

What can D.C.'s history tell us about its future prospects for inclusion and its hopes for political representation?
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The Ethical Dilemma of Extraditing Meng Wanzhou

Foreign affairs predicaments like this highlight the difficulty in assessing the trade-offs between incomparable values in situations of uncertainty.
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Rio Tinto and the Distinction between Saying ‘Sorry’ and Being Sorry

The insincerity in Rio Tinto's public statements point to a basic misunderstanding regarding the appropriateness of blame and the demand of accountability.
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Uighur Genocide and the Wrong of Population Control

Genocide can take any number of forms, but how do we capture the unique moral harm perpetrated by programs targeting children?
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Is Biden Trapped by Identity Politics?

Is identity politics threatening to further fracture our fragile bonds or is it the path to reconciliation?