Moral and Political Philosophy

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    Social norms, contractualism and public policy: How gender affects epidemiology

Social norms, contractualism and public policy: How gender affects epidemiology

29 March 2022|

How do social norms influence the effectiveness of public policy, and what are the moral, political and philosophical implications of taking social norms seriously? Elsa Kugelberg looks at the effect of gender norms on health policy.

The devil’s in the framing: language and bias

8 February 2022|

How we say things can be as important as what we say. In this post, Ella Whiteley explores the “framing effect” and its implications for discussions of sex and gender.

The dangers of single metric accounting in public policy

26 January 2022|

How should policy-makers measure the impact of far-reaching policies? Johanna Thoma looks at some of the issues involved in relying on a single metric.

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    How should artificial agents make risky choices on our behalf?

How should artificial agents make risky choices on our behalf?

8 June 2021|

Should artificial agents’ responses to difficult choices align with our own moral intuitions? Johanna Thoma considers the difficulties involved in programming machines to deal with risk, and how things look different from an aggregate point of view.

Can beliefs be morally wrong?

4 May 2021|

It’s clear that beliefs can be wrong about the way the world is, but can they also be wrong in a moral sense? Lewis Ross looks at the moral status of belief.

Animals, humans and pandemics: what needs to change?

9 March 2021|

How can we mitigate the risks of future pandemics? Jonathan Birch looks at the role of human behaviour in the emergence of new zoonotic diseases.

Keeping Close to Home: Communities and Contagion

16 June 2020|

What is the influence of community on public health? Katherine Furman considers some of the social aspects of the pandemic.

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    Coronavirus and 5G towers: Why do people believe weird sh*t?

Coronavirus and 5G towers: Why do people believe weird sh*t?

19 May 2020|

With fake news and disinformation seemingly thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, J. McKenzie Alexander looks at the epistemology and psychology of fringe beliefs.

Media Impartiality, Part 2: How

25 September 2018|

In the second of this two-part series, Joe Mazor looks at how the news media can achieve the right kind of impartiality.

Media Impartiality, Part 1: What, When, and Why

14 August 2018|

In the first of this two-part series, Joe Mazor looks at media impartiality, what it is, and when and why it is important.