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Ethics in Society Program

Director: Rob Reich

Program Coordinator: Andrea Kuduk

Affiliated Faculty: Kenneth Arrow (Economics, emeritus), Donald Barr (School of Medicine), Barton Bernstein (History), Michael Bratman (Philosophy), Eamonn Callan (Education), Albert Camarillo (History), Joshua Cohen (Philosophy, Political Science, Law), John Ferejohn (Political Science), Barbara Fried (Law), Leah Gordon (Education), Nadeem Hussain (Philosophy), Allyson Hobbs (History), David Kennedy (History), Aishwary Kumar (History), Scotty McLennan (Dean of Religious Life), BenoÓt Monin (Psychology), Josiah Ober (Classics, Political Science), Eric Roberts (Computer Science), Debra Satz (Philosophy), Tamar Schapiro (Philosophy), Mitchell Stevens (Education), David K. Stevenson (Pediatrics), Brent Sockness (Religious Studies), Allen Wood (Philosophy), Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology), Lee Yearley (Religious Studies)

Program Offices: Galvez Modular, Room 117

Mail Code: 3099

Phone: (650) 726-2629


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Program in Ethics in Society are listed under the subject code ETHICSOC on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Program in Ethics in Society is designed to foster scholarship, teaching, and moral reflection on fundamental issues in personal and public life. The program is grounded in moral and political philosophy, but it extends its concerns across a broad range of traditional disciplinary domains. The program is guided by the idea that ethical thought has application to current social questions and conflicts, and it seeks to encourage moral reflection and practice in areas such as business, international relations, law, medicine, politics, science, and public service.

Students interested in pursuing studies that bring moral and political theory to bear on issues in public life should consult the director. There are many course offerings at Stanford that address moral and political questions. Not all of these courses are crosslisted with the Program in Ethics in Society. Students should consult the director to determine whether such courses may be applied towards an Ethics in Society honors program or minor.


The program's main provisions for graduate students are seminars on topics in applied ethics.

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