Andrew Peterson

Assistant Professor in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Andrew Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also a Guest Researcher at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar. Dr. Peterson’s research centers on bioethics and the philosophy of neuroscience, with specialization in ethical and epistemological issues related to the scientific study of consciousness.

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  • For nearly a year, the D.C. Jail has been on a coronavirus lockdown. Inmates have lived in their cells for 23 hours a day. They are not permitted to see their families or friends. Even interaction with attorneys is sparse. One inmate disclosed that he hadn’t “seen sunlight for literally a year.”

    1 April 2021
  • A Covid-19 monument or memorial ought to reflect the shame of these failures in addition to honoring the heroes. When we memorialize the victims of shameful acts, it is a clarion call of conscience to “never forget.” To never forget the evil of the holocaust. To never forget the abomination of slavery and the brutalization of Black Americans during Jim Crow. “Never forget” is a prayer that future generations will not make the same mistakes. For a Covid-19 memorial to truly reflect the drama of America’s response, it must remind us of the bad even as it uplifts the good.

    1 April 2021
  • Grassroots approaches to promoting vaccination, which emphasize engagement with trusted community leaders, may be effective at reaching people who distrust the government.

    31 December 2020
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