An open letter to the president-elect

Dear President-elect Trump:

Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because it is the most easily ignored. But even if this letter accomplishes nothing else, at least it will help me focus my own thinking about what I expect from you as president.

The trolley problem and the presidential election

There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, the track forks in two.

Voting and 'non-negotiable' issues

In 2002, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a "Doctrinal note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life." The letter was signed by the congregation's prefect, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who in 2007 became Pope Benedict XVI.

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