What can philosophers tell you about paying taxes?
Many Americans are fretting over paying their taxes. A philosopher says the moral question isn’t as much about a duty toward the government, but being fair to fellow tax-paying citizens.
Greek philosopher Socrates.
Three philosophers put up a booth at the entrance to a New York City subway, so people could come to them with questions. They got hit with some real zingers.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife, speaks during a news conference.
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A philosopher argues that moral responsibility for past transgressions can actually change over time. The test lies in how deeply an individual has changed.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
The largest public housing complex in the country, Queensbridge Houses, is located near the spot where Amazon plans to put a new headquarters.
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When large companies move into an area, the result is often gentrification. When this happens, the economic and social costs for displaced residents is typically high.
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity.
Billboards spreading misinformation on the risks of vaccination have popped up around American cities. A bioethicist explains why decisions not to vaccinate children are indefensible.
Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
What ethical issues should you consider when watching football?
Football plays an important role in American culture. Experts point out some ethical questions you might consider asking this season.
How can photographers be more sensitive towards their subjects?
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
Images of famine or poverty are often used by human rights groups to galvanize support. And they often do. The ethics of these images is a more complex story.
What are the ethics of anonymous resistance?
An expert argues why the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times can hardly be considered an act of civil disobedience and why it might make things even worse in the Trump administration.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging.
Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
Is it ethical to eat meat?
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
Fans hold banners and cheer, as the U.S. team takes the field for a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Panama, Oct. 6, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
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Sports fans are of two types: purists and partisans. The attitudes of both can affect the game. An expert explains which one you are and what that means.
A luxury home near Philadelphia.
Middle-class houses in the US have grown ever larger. The average single-family home is almost twice the size of a home in the 1960s. It’s time to consider the downsides of sizing up.
Each year many people cheat on their taxes.
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While people often want to cheat in certain cases if it would benefit them, they also want to think of themselves as honest. Here are three steps to stay honest while filing taxes.
Decisions made by engineers today will determine how all cars drive.
The biggest ethical challenges for self-driving cars arise in mundane situations, not when crashes are unavoidable.
How should you communicate?
From asking a partner to pick up dinner on the way home to checking in on a neighbor with health problems, we frequently face the question, ‘What’s the best way to communicate?’
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’?
Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Helping the homeless Uploaded by Gary Dee, via Wikimedia Commons
A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.