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Ethics of Wealth

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Upcoming Events

Wed 16 Apr
5:00pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 At Cemex Auditorium

William Deresiewicz will discuss his forthcoming book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite an

Thu 17 Apr
7:30pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 At Cubberley Auditorium

From hunger to obesity to industrial agriculture, modern-day food systems have no lack of “wicked” problems involving

Tue 22 Apr
7:00pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 At Law School, Paul Brest Hall

Every year, thousands of Americans witness wrongdoing on the job.

Thu 24 Apr
7:00pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014 At Law School, room 290

Chrystia Freeland will discuss the status of plutocrats in North America today, who have never been richer or wielded

Thu 1 May
5:30pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014 At Law School, room 290

The newspapers are filled with examples of ethical lapses on the part of elected officials, business leaders, and pro

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 Lily Lamboy on March 27, 2014

Honesty. Integrity. Fairness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humor. Grit. These all seem like great qualities. Any parent would feel lucky to have a child who tells the truth, treats others with consideration, displays a sense of humor, and works hard to overcome challenges. But do schools have a responsibility to instill these values in students?

By Salil Dudani on March 14, 2014

If two people are drowning, you can only save one, and one of them is your wife, are you permitted to save her? According to writer Larissa MacFarquhar, most would say yes. She pushes the scenario further: What if it’s a choice between saving five people or your wife? Twenty people? Twenty thousand? And what if your wife is a demented serial killer on the run? “At a certain point you will start to feel guilty,” Larissa MacFarquhar, a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, said during her March 6 talk titled “What is Family, What are Strangers?”