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Ethics in Society Program

Faculty Director: Rob Reich (on leave)

Interim Faculty Director: Brent Sockness (Religious Studies)

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

Program Office: Stanford Law School, Third Floor

Mail Code: 94305-8610


Phone: (650) 736-2629

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. There are many course offerings at Stanford that address moral and political questions only some of which are crosslisted by the Program in Ethics in Society.

The Program in Ethics in Society, which operates under the umbrella of the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for 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.

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