Philosophy

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The Moral Quandary of Testing on Animals

Animal testing is controversial, and it's because of questions ranging from consent to suffering to the 'greater good.'
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Self-Care in the Late Capitalist Era

Self-care is crucial, but is it overly commodified?
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Bothsidesism and Why It Matters

Bothsidesism means acknowledging that moral equivalence is dangerous: just because there are two sides of an issue doesn't mean they're ethically equal.
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New Year’s Resolutions and The Problem of Self-Promising

Is breaking your New Year's resolution the same as breaking a promise? Philosophers might give us an answer.
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Why You are Wrong to Donate to the #BorderWall GoFundMe Campaign

Opinion: The GoFundMe campaign supporting the building of the proposed border wall has some fundamental philosophical problems.
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Why Are Political Debates So Difficult?: A Holiday Survival Guide

Why do we argue with family over the holidays, and how can we start to bridge the gap?
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Saving Animals in Emergencies: The California Wildfires

In times of emergency, it's often hard for families to decide what to do with their pets. What should be our moral obligations towards our domesticated animals?
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Rethinking Modification of the Natural World

Humans have been modifying the natural world for millennia. But what is right -- the way the world was, or what we change it to be?
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Trump, Puerto Rico, and the Ethics of Skepticism

Skepticism can be healthy, but it can also be misplaced. President Trump seems to use the tactic at the wrong times.
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What’s Wrong with Hypocrisy?

Why does hypocrisy feel so much worse than other moral wrongs? And what part is it playing in the Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Scandal?