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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 Maya Krishnan on May 19, 2015

Philosopher Philip Kitcher describes what secular ethicists can learn from religion in a talk on April 30th at the Stanford Humanities Center.

By The Buzz Staff on April 24, 2015

Speaking to a packed crowd of students, faculty, and community members on April 8th, philosopher Peter Singer championed the “Effective Altruism” movement, led by people who, as Singer describes it, seek to apply “evidence and reason to determining the most effective ways to improve the world.”

By Lowry Yankwich on April 21, 2015

Speaking to a packed crowd of students, faculty, and community members on April 8th, philosopher Peter Singer championed the “Effective Altruism” movement, led by people who, as Singer describes it, seek to apply “evidence and reason to determining the most effective ways to improve the world.”