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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?

Responsible Engagement

As one of the signature initiatives of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Practical Ethics is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the goal of creating socially responsible science and policy.

Vision & Mission

Craig Callender


For Issues in Science and Technology, Craig Callender questions a return to science-as-usual after the pandemic

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Published in Scientific American, John H. Evans researches how Americans believe in science, but not always scientists' values

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Practical Ethics co-director to serve on National Academies committee

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