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Ethics in Society Program

Director: Rob Reich

Steering Committee: Eamonn Callan (Education), Joshua Cohen (Philosophy, Political Science, Law), John Ferejohn (Political Science), Barbara Fried (Law), Scotty McLennan (Dean of Religious Life), Josiah Ober (Classics, Political Science), Eric Roberts (Computer Science), Debra Satz (Philosophy), Brent Sockness (Religious Studies), Allen Wood (Philosophy), Lee Yearley (Religious Studies)

Affiliated Faculty: Kenneth Arrow (Economics, emeritus), Donald Barr (Sociology), Barton Bernstein (History), Michael Bratman (Philosophy), Albert Camarillo (History), Nadeem Hussain (Philosophy), David Kennedy (History), Benoît Monin (Psychology), Tamar Schapiro (Philosophy), David K. Stevenson (Pediatrics), Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology)

Mail Code: 94305-2155

Phone: (650) 723-0997


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Program in Ethics in Society have the subject code ETHICSOC, and are listed in the "Ethics in Society [ETHICSOC] Courses" section of this bulletin.

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.

Along with the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, the program also sponsors several annual public lecture series, including the Tanner Lectures in Human Values and the Wesson Lectures in Problems of Democracy.

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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