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 >


  • Professor Juliet Hooker delivers the November 2021 James A. Moffett '29 Lectures in Ethics,"Democracy and the Problem of Political Loss."
  • Calling attention to the topic of environmental ethics, Ryan Darr, postdoctoral research associate in Philosophy and Religion in the Center for Human Values, wrote the January 9 Washington Post article, “’Red Wolves’ remains the best c
  • Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values is featured in the October 21 Future Hindsight podcast episode, “The Social Contract-History of a Big Idea: Melissa Lane.”
  • Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the University Center for Human Values delivered the Wilson H. Elkins Lecture at the University of Baltimore School of Law in early October.
  • Jan-Werner Mueller, Roger Williams Straus 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...

Events

Jennifer Morton (University of Pennsylvania): "The Nature of Poverty"

Political Philosophy Colloquium: Tom Dougherty (The University of North Carolina)

Helen Frowe (Stockholm University): "Assisting the Assisters: The Comparative Claims of Afghan Refugees"

Political Philosophy Colloquium: Emily Greenwood (Princeton University)

Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University): "The EU’s New Democratic Deficit"