Op-Ed

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Determinism and Punishment

Should it be revealed that our actions are not as autonomous as we assume them to be, how might this impact our conception of punishment and desert?
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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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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?
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Separating Character from Policy at the Ballot Box

Accusations about one's lack of moral fiber are often thrown around at election time, but when are personal moral failings relevant in determining a candidate's suitability for public office?
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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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Elevating the Elite in Music: El Sistema and Cultural Hegemony

What can El Sistema tell us about the politics of music education? What's the right way to promote inclusion?
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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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Cultural Value, Charitable Giving, and the Fire at Notre Dame

The fire at Notre Dame was a huge cultural event matched only by the outpouring of support from donations and social media posts in response. But shouldn't there be other things we support just as strongly?
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Why We Shouldn’t Have to Have the White History Month Conversation

Black History Month is occasionally accompanied by discourse on the possibility of "white history month." What makes it wrong?
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Self-Care in the Late Capitalist Era

Self-care is crucial, but is it overly commodified?