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Upcoming Events

Wed 8 Apr
7:00pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 At Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Peter Singer’s books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of Animal Liberation.

Thu 9 Apr
5:30pm on Thursday, April 9, 2015 At TBD

Hollinger will address the question of the Christian religion’s relation to democracy as illuminated by the particula

Thu 30 Apr
5:30pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015 At Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center

Secular Humanism, as I understand it, is a positive position, not merely the denial of anything transcendent.  Secula

Thu 21 May
6:30pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015 At Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center

The things we do today may make life worse for future generations.

Thu 28 May
5:30pm on Thursday, May 28, 2015 At TBD

Americans have long acknowledged a deep connection between evangelical religion and democracy in the early days of th

Welcome to Ethics in Society

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and engagement. The major problems faced by our troubled globe -- extreme poverty, environmental sustainability, and international peace and security -- are not only technological in nature, but also moral. To that end, we develop initiatives with ethical dimensions that relate to important public problems and draw on the established strengths of interdisciplinary Stanford faculty.

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Recently from The Buzz

By Salil Dudani on February 25, 2015

As part of her ongoing exploration of extreme morality, Larissa MacFarquhar profiles Dorothy Granada, a nurse who gave up almost all of her possessions and moved to Nicaragua to serve the poor.

By Lisa Herzog on January 28, 2015

In this year’s Wesson Lecture, Francis Fukuyama discussed what he sees as the central problem of U.S. American democracy at the outset of the 21st century: a combination of social polarization and a political system with too many “veto points”.

By Brian Berkey on January 16, 2015

How can markets be designed to embody and promote important values? Which values ought to guide the design of different markets? These and related questions were the focus of the Center for Ethics in Society’s recent event on Ethics and Market Design.