COVID-19

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The Ethics of Panic Hoarding

Defining what "reasonable" looks like in times of crisis can be extremely difficult, but managing dramatic shifts in supply and demand requires us to continue to think of others.
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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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States of Exception

Is the emergency power currently granted governments circumscribed by law or is it a 'miracle' that transcends the norm? What are the implications of our answer?
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Pseudoscience, Antiscience, and Bad Coronavirus Advice

Is there a meaningful distinction between loose science and antiscientific sentiment? Is it just a matter of intent?
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Causality and the Coronavirus

The difficulty in grasping technical relations like 'causation'—aided by the spread of misinformation on social media—is leading the public to misinterpret (and misrepresent) key data.
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Profiting from Pandemic

A number of Congress members stand accused of insider trading and disaster profiteering, but do we have the tools to hold them accountable?
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Conspiracy Theories and Emotions in the Time of Coronavirus

We need to rethink our relation to the news; the common ways we acquire and share information is tapping into some of our worst impulses.
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Why I Am Not like You: The Ethics of Exceptions

When it comes to coronavirus regulations, what relevant considerations might make some exempt from the general rule?
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The Moral Case for University Closure

Universities and colleges have an obligation to their faculty, staff, students, as well as the larger communities they inhabit to slow the spread of disease.

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.