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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.

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Postdoc scholar Daniel Callies published his research "Climate Engineering: A Normative Perspective" in July 2019

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"San Diegans Shouldn’t Be Lab Rats for Innovation" by Data Analytic Governance and Accountability working group member Lilly Irani

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Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team heads to national tournament

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