Philosophy

Photograph of President Trump looking at a book with other people gathered

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.
Group of people gathered around a holiday table

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?
Photograph of two men and a dog standing in a burned structure

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?
Photograph of people touring glass biospheres

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?
Arial photograph of destruction caused by Hurricane Maria

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.
Black and white photograph of the inside of a cathedral

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?
Photo of five boxes of girl scout cookies

Where Should Your Money Go?

Should charitable giving be about preventing the most harm or helping your community?
Photograph of the Incredibles family made of legos

Unjust Laws and Elastigirl’s Example

The Incredibles 2 is more than a family blockbuster -- it presents theories of the ethics of law in a clear, understandable way.

Some Normative Perspectives on Borders and Asylum Seekers

When U.S. border polices are examined from a normative ethical perspective, the results point to a need for change.
Image of Arkady Babchenko speaking with politicians.

A Journalist Fakes His Own Death. Was His Decision Moral?

What will the consequences be of Ukrainian journalist Arkady Babchenko's choice to elude Russian-funded assassins by faking his own death?