University Center for Human Values


Fostering ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life and supporting teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University.  Learn more >


  • The work of Elizabeth Cohen, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow (Spring 2022), and Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, is featured in the September 30 edition of the Washington Post.
  • Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics, writes about the emerging authoritarian-populist art of governance in the September issue of The Guardian.
  • Peter Singer, Ira W. De Camp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, is the recipient of the 2021 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. He received this award for his “widely influential and intellectually rigorous work in reinvigorating utilitarianism as part of academic philosophy and as a force for change in the...
  • Members of the incoming Class of 2025 have received a copy of “Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility” by Jennifer Morton, a book Morton says she worked on while serving as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow in University Center for Human Values (2015–2016).
  • After more than two decades as home to various UCHV faculty, staff, visiting fellows and distinguished teachers, postdocs, sponsored courses and precepts, weekly Human Values Forums and special events like the famed presidential debate viewing parties, the University Center for Human Values is leaving 5 Ivy Lane.
  • As a growing number of countries pass legislation permitting or regulating physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer’s latest Project Syndicate op-ed shines a spotlight on Canada...
  • In the second of the Humanities Council’s 2020-2021 Old Dominion lecture series, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Director of the University Center for Human Values and Old Dominion Research Professor Melissa Lane presented a talk on her current research project “Lycurgus, Solon, Charondas…Figuring the Legislator in Platonic Political Thought...
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values and Old Dominion Research Professor Elizabeth Harman gave the first of the Humanities Council’s 2020-2021 Old Dominion Lectures on February 11, with the timely talk “Racist research: What does respect for researchers require? What should academic freedom...
  • In a recently published article for the New Statesman, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values Melissa Lane suggests that Trump not only incited violent anarchy at the Capitol Building on January 6, he personified what an ancient Greek observer would have called “anarchia” during his entire term.
  • In the aftermath of the US election, Kim Lane Scheppele’s expertise on authoritarian regimes and failing democracies has been sought by news outlets and academic forums worldwide.

Events

Richard Yetter Chappell (University of Miami): "Pandemic Ethics and Status Quo Risk"

Climate Futures Initiative: “Climate Ethics ‘in the Field’ — Integrating Philosophy, Science, Law and Policy”

Jack Turner III (University of Washington): "Whitman’s Undemocratic Vistas: Mortal Anxiety, National Glory, White Supremacy"

Kathryn Paige Harden (University of Texas): "The Genetic Lottery and Its Ethical Implications"

Juliet Hooker (Brown University): "Democracy and the Problem of Political Loss"