Philosophy

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How Many Children Must We Save?

At what point does giving become obligatory and not merely charitable? How much can (and should) be demanded of us?
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Hypocrisy and the Fall of Falwell

Inconsistency, self-deception, deceit? What is it about hypocrisy that provokes such strong feelings of moral outrage?
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The Remote of Morty and the Ring of Gyges

The most recent episode of Rick and Morty raises familiar questions about the value of virtue—and the harm of immoral action—in the absence of consequences.
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Figleaves, Bothsidesing, and the Ethics of Implication

The disconnect between semantic and pragmatic meaning hides all sorts of political motive and epistemic claims.
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Moral Luck, Universalization, and COVID-19

Many who resist shelter in place orders cast their decision as a triumph of personal liberty over government overreach. But what of their duty to others?
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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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Expertise in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty, politicization, and the need for specialized knowledge all threaten our ability to competently weigh evidence and reasons. What can we do when we are in no position to judge?
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The Witcher and the Lesser of Two Evils

Netflix's recent adaptation delves into philosophical issues from the problem of dirty hands to questions of utilitarian calculus.
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MAGA, Morality, and the Paradox of Tolerance

Tolerance does not, and cannot, require tolerating intolerant views. And it is not hypocrisy to say so.
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The Murder of Botham Jean and the Ethics of Forgiveness

Much has been made of Brandt Jean's forgiveness of Amber Guyger. Under what conditions might forgiveness ever be inappropriate?