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Measles & the Ethics of Belief

Before the development of the vaccine, measles infections resulted in thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths in the United States each year. After the vaccine became available, the number of cases dropped dramatically. While the number of infections remains low, measles has recently gotten into the news due to an outbreak in Washington (the [More]

Migration, Border Control & Race

The early immigration laws, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924, were intended to “to preserve the ideal of U.S. homogeneity.” That is, they were openly racist and aimed at limiting the immigration of non-whites. Immigration was revised in 1952 and then again in 1965. The 1965 Immigration [More]

Are our fantasies immune from morality?

Immoral fantasies are not uncommon, nor are they necessarily unhealthy. Some are silly and unrealistic, though others can be genuinely disturbing. You might fantasize about kicking your boss in the shins, or having an affair with your best friend’s spouse, or planning the perfect murder. The post Are our fantasies immune from morality? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesPhilosopher of The Month: William James (timeline)The rightful heirs to the British crown: Wales and the sovereignty of BritainThe tortures of adapting Samuel Richardson’s [More]

Les Gilets Jaunes and the Hierarchy of Environmental Needs

"France is in flames" writes Alexander Finer in this article about Les Gilets Jaunes or "Yellow Vests" protests. Finer argues that the root of the controversy partly lies in a lack of awareness on the part of the French government to recognize how certain policies affect the ability of vulnerable parts of the population to meet basic felt needs. He roots his argument in Maslow's hierarchy which, he believes, can help us better understand what is fueling the discord as well as be used to facilitate a solution. [More]

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