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Science for the Common Good

The Institute for Practical Ethics develops and promotes research on issues facing the public today, with an emphasis on engagement between ethicists, scientists, and policymakers. We aim to close the gap between the rapid pace of innovation and society’s ability to responsibly deal with the tough questions.

  • What would be the impact on society if parents could easily modify their children's genes for specific traits?

  • Is it ethical to introduce reflective particles into the atmosphere to combat global warming?

  • What ethical principles should be programmed into driverless cars?

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Ethics Bowl

Congratulations to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team!

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"The road to enhancement, via human gene editing, is paved with good intentions"

Emma Marris

Keynote Address on April 24 will feature science journalist Emma Marris

Craig Callender Awarded Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

Craig Callender is renowned for his interdisciplinary approach to the “problem of time” in relation to quantum theory, relativity, and statistical mechanics. Tackling this subject in his book, “What Makes Time Special?,” he received the prestigious Lakatos Award in 2018 for creating “an ambitious and highly original contribution…nothing short of profound.”

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Craig Callender