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 >


  • 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.
  • Many of us – at least in the pre-pandemic era – spent a third of our daily lives, or half of our waking hours, in what we consider to be work.  If we were lucky, our work not only provided us with a source of income but was a source of many other things including relationships, significance, esteem, self-esteem, and even identity.
  • In this article, Professor Kim Lane Scheppele discusses her insights from last semester's pivot to virtual learning and how she continues to innovate in her “Classical Sociological Theory” graduate seminar this fall.
  • Elizabeth Harman answers Princeton Alumni Weekly readers' questions about pandemic ethics in "Tiger Ethics: How to Pick a Schooling Option This Fall."
  • Peter Singer discusses the thinking behind the Effective Altruism movement and its impact in the Washington Post Magazine article "The Rise of the Rational Do-Gooders."
  • In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Peter Singer and Isaac Martinez argue that "Regulators should permit and begin to prepare for “human challenge” vaccine trials in order to end the COVID-19 pandemic. In these trials, fully informed volunteers would be injected with potential vaccines (or with a placebo) and then intentionally exposed to...
  • The University Center for Human Values affirms as a fundamental human value that Black Lives Matter.  We call for justice for all those who have been the victims of police violence and of other forms of oppression and inequality which are unequally visited upon people of color, and for the systemic changes that are needed to prevent
  • Melissa Lane, the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values, writes about teaching Plato in the pandemic.  To read the article, click here.

Events

Melissa Lane (Princeton University): "Lycurgus, Solon, Charondas…Figuring the legislator in Platonic political thought and its aftermath"

Javier Hidalgo: "Reacting to the Past: Teaching with Historical Role Playing Games" (UCHV Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching)

Roy Andersson: Songs from the Second Floor (2000), discussion

Claire Denis: Beau Travail (1999), discussion

PPPR Virtual Panel: Religion in the modern university