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Ellen, George W. Bush, and the Duty to Be Kind

Ellen has defended herself against recent public backlash by asserting a basic obligation to be kind to others. What might this duty entail? What might be its limits?
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The Implications of being The Bachelor and a Virgin

With the first virgin Bachelor announced for this upcoming season of The Bachelor, this article examines the issues with the structure of the television show and its portrayal of sex due to its editing choices, and contestant selection.
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It’s Just a Game: The Ethics of Tom Clancy’s Not-So-Elite Squad

Video games may not directly incite violence, but that doesn't mean they can't still send dangerous messages.
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On Censorship, Same-Sex Marriage, and a Cartoon Rat

Recent censorship in Alabama and Arkansas of a cartoon same-sex marriage in a kids' show on public television raises questions about audience and inclusivity. Who is guilty of "having an agenda?"
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UFOs and Hume on Miracles

Hume cautions us about believing others when their claims are unbelievable.
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“OK Boomer” and the Generational Divide

Battle lines are being drawn, but what is the generational conflict really all about?
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Rap Feuds and Moral Standing

This article dives into the underlying moral issues that arise during Rap feuds, when rappers throw insults at one another. Are there things that are unethical to say in a feud?

Is Prenatal Sex Discernment Unethical?

An ultrasound can only tell you so much, and we have a harmful tendency to fill in the rest before the baby is even here.
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What Technological Dystopias Can Tell Us About Human Values

The vision of technological dystopia presented by Black Mirror covers diverse topics ranging from the nature of consciousness to the essence of parenting.
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What It Means to Be a Hero

Superheroes are the embodiment a host of norms and ideals that say a lot (deliberately or not) about what we think and believe.