Is It Immoral to Indulge in Luxuries?

Even if most people would say it is morally good to be charitable, it is still a commonly accepted position that it is not immoral to refrain from donating excess wealth to the relief of others. In his influential 1971 essay, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” Peter Singer lays out an argument for redefining our conceptionContinue reading “Is It Immoral to Indulge in Luxuries?”

Legalization or Decriminalization?

When lawyers and political philosophers talk about whether people should be allowed to use drugs like weed, they often distinguish between two important terms: drug decriminalization and drug legalization. Advocating for drug decriminalization means advocating for the legalization of recreational use and owning small quantities of drugs. Advocating for drug legalization means advocating for alsoContinue reading “Legalization or Decriminalization?”

Are Vaccines Obligatory?

As of today, there are a total of 3 COVID-19 vaccines in the US that have been shown to be at least 90% effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19 infection. Some public health experts estimate that vaccines may become available to those in the priority group before the end of the year. [1] WhileContinue reading “Are Vaccines Obligatory?”

Is Voting Obligatory?

No matter who you are, you’ve probably been bombarded with political messages over the last few months. With a presidential election on the horizon, voting is a topic that is discussed almost constantly on social media, in the news, and in everyday conversations. One important question that philosophers have debated is whether or not AmericansContinue reading “Is Voting Obligatory?”