When does ignorance excuse?

Why is it that ignorance sometimes excuses morally wrong behavior but sometimes doesn't? How might the fact that some ignorance is culpable and some is non-culpable bear upon this question? Does all non-culpable ignorance serve as a legitimate excuse? When is an agent culpable for being ignorant? 

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How does mass communication ignite a reformation? Luther 500 Edition

How Does Mass Communication Ignite a Reformation? The Luther 500 Edition

This year marks the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  How did the ideas of a simple German monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), ignite a successful revolution in 1517 that forever changed Christianity, publishing, mass-communication, and education?

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What is the toll of mass incarceration on humanity?

In the United States, over two million people are in prison.  Many people in our prisons are incarcerated for non-violent crimes.  What is the impact of mass incarceration on prisoners, their families, and our communities?  Is mass incarceration in conflict with a humane and decent society?  Or, is it required to preserve peace and justice?

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Are Psychopaths Morally Responsible?

     Are psychopaths morally responsible for their actions?  Many philosophers think that in order to be held morally responsible, one must possess an understanding of the moral impact of one's actions and have the capacity to engage in moral reasoning.  Psychopaths lack the capacity to feel emotions such as empathy, guilt, and remorse.  Do these defects prevent them from understanding morality?  Do these defects make them incapable of engaging in moral reasoning?  Are they off the moral hook?

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Are Great Leaders Good?

What makes a great leader?  Who are some great leaders?  Is it possible to be a great leader without being a good person?  What makes a person a good person?   

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