States sometimes choose to pay for the release of their citizens held hostage abroad – but there could be profound, long-term costs involved.
Aristotle believed that the biggest and most widespread source of political tension is the struggle between the haves and the have-nots. More than 2,000 years later, he’s got a point.
The second world war showed that dignity had to be enshrined in law. Defining it in order to do so is no easy task.
Immanuel Kant’s ideas about respect are still important today, in a world where social media and echo chambers make manipulation easy.
Dignity is at the centre of many rights-based declarations, but to eradicate racist policy and practices, we must commit to noticing each other’s personhood in new ways.
Constituents’ willingness to overlook deception may depend, in part, on whether politicians lie well and with a good purpose.
You can’t hurt a robot – but do you want to be the kind of person who sinks the boot into a harmless robodog?
The decision to wage war is among the most important a government can make. How and by whom should such decisions be made? Canadians can learn a lot from other democracies.
The definition of personhood is a key and contested philosophical issue that has made legalized abortion such a longstanding controversy.
New ethical issues are emerging during COVID-19 as doctors struggle with their obligations to ‘do no harm’ and respect patient autonomy.
Written more than 200 years ago, Kant’s Toward Perpetual Peace sets out a plan for peace we can still aspire to achieve.
There is much at stake as the US withdraws troops from Afghanistan. A political philosopher explains why the US cannot escape the moral consequences of its actions.
Freedom of speech emerged as a concept after the invention of the printing press, and that’s worth revisiting in the context of social media and Trump’s presidency.
Understanding our own limitations, and turning to hope, can help us deal with hardship.
In his work, many heard freedom as espoused by contemporary Enlightenment philosophers, like Immanuel Kant.
President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive some part of student debt. An ethicist considers what’s fair.
Some presidents have lied for honorable reasons, while for others the lies have been simply self-serving.
Many of us believe that outrage is an appropriate response to what appears to be a selfishly motivated refusal to wear a mask, but is it?
A philosopher argues that wearing masks could be tied to living up to the standards of one’s social group and recognizing that could help in persuading anti-maskers.
Infection rates of COVID-19 have soared among prisoners in the US. An expert on penal policy considers what is ‘unjust and disproportionate’ punishment at this time.