An entovegan might happily eat an insect burger like this one, believing that their diet is both sustainable and ethical.
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Insect farming is growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional livestock and feed production. A scholar evaluates what that means in terms of trillions of insect lives.
People wait in line to receive a vaccine shot against COVID-19 in Belgrade, Serbia, Aug. 17, 2021. Serbia and other countries have started administering booster doses. Meanwhile, more than half the world’s population has not had a first dose.
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Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.
Keeping what is not rightfully one’s own reveals a lack of integrity and kindness.
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Charles Schwab mistakenly transferred over $1.2 million to the account of a woman who then kept the money. Did she have a moral obligation to return it? An expert says the answer is not that simple.
Ethicists disagree on whether people are morally obligated to take small actions that – on their own – contribute only slightly to the collective good.
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A moral philosopher explains why the ethics of getting or refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are more complex than it might seem.
Do young people pose a threat to their future freedom by taking on too much debt?
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Young people might take on a lot of debt without considering its consequences for their older years. A philosopher makes a case for laws to limit that debt as a duty toward self.
Polls show that some three-quarters of Republicans claim the election was rigged.
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When a decision is made and people don’t get the outcome they want, they often tend to see it as unfair. Here’s why.
Students pulling a heavy ball representing the total outstanding student debt in the U.S. at over $1.5 trillion.
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President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive some part of student debt. An ethicist considers what's fair.
Filing taxes during coronavirus times.
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As people file their taxes in a year where many are going through financial hardships brought on by COVID-19, a scholar argues that cheating on one’s taxes would still be morally wrong.
Visiting parents during the pandemic poses new risks.
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A mother with underlying conditions wants to hug her children even if means risking her own life with COVID-19. Should they abide by her wishes or keep their distance?
Distant relatives? Visiting mom during the pandemic may be a risk.
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Is it right to visit family members during the pandemic, even if they say they don’t want you to come? Philosophy may hold the answer.
The crisis has forced many businesses to close, prompting a spike in unemployment claims.
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With so many people in need of financial support due to the coronavirus crisis, is it right to draw on unemployment when you have savings?
Tipping from a social distance at The Lucky Devil strip club in Portland, Oregon.
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Strippers, by the nature of their jobs, need to get close to others. Is there a way to do this safely during the coronavirus crisis?
A cat basks in the New Jersey sunshine amid coronavirus lockdown.
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Ownerless cats may find it harder to find food scraps with restaurants closed during the coronavirus crisis. Given social distancing rules, is it okay to go outside to feed them?
Separated families have to make tough calls over parenting during the pandemic.
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Social distancing can be especially hard when it comes to where children of divorced couples should stay – especially when one of the parents has illnesses that puts them at high risk of the coronavirus.
The roads are open, but not yet the shops.
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What are the moral considerations in making the decision to reopen society while mitigating the risk of infections spreading? We asked a philosophy scholar to walk us through the quandary.
Who should get the groceries?
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In these times of fear and uncertainty, many of us face daily decisions regarding the right thing to do. An ethicist offers guidance on how to think through them.
A few things to know before you head out for a job interview.
What makes an action ‘good’ or ‘evil’? And are there situations under which lying for a job interview might be justified?
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.
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.
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.