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Hope House Scholars Program

The Center sponsors humanities courses at Hope House, a residential treatment facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

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The Center's news portal fueled by Stanford students interested in ethics.

Undergraduate Honors Program

Interdisciplinary scholars developing a sophisticated understanding of the problems of social concern.

Upcoming Events

Fri 25 Sep
1:15pm on Friday, September 25, 2015 At Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)

The Political Theory Workshop offers faculty and other scholars an opportunity to present "in progress" or recently completed work to a diverse audience from political science, philosophy, law, and other social sciences and humanities. All members of the university community are welcome to attend the workshop.

Tue 29 Sep
7:00pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 At TBA

What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? We honor high ideals, but when we call people “do-gooders” there is skepticism in it, even hostility. How much should we help, and how much can we help?

Fri 2 Oct
1:15pm on Friday, October 2, 2015 At Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)

Bernardo Zacka is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society. His research focuses on moral and political agency in adverse institutional conditions.

Wed 7 Oct
5:30pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 At TBA

1st Tanner Lecture: The origins and conduct of America's War for the Greater Middle East

Thu 8 Oct
5:30pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015 At TBA

2nd Tanner Lecture: The consequences of America's War for the Greater Middle East.

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 Patrick Taylor Smith on June 6, 2015

A group of Stanford graduate student and postdoc political theorists - affectionately known as "the Dirty Leviathan" - attended their sixth annual retreat at a beach house outside Watsonville on May 15th through 17th, 2015.

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.”