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Request for Submissions | 7th Annual UCHV Short Movie Prize | March 1 | "Hope & Despair"
Jan. 23, 2019
This academic year, the jury will consider digital videos that bear in any way on the theme of "Hope & Despair.
"Too Much Gratitude?" A Project Syndicate Op-Ed by Peter Singer
Jan. 16, 2019

In his recent op-ed, "Too Much Gratitude?", Peter Singer, comments on Michael Bloomberg's recent gift of $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, in gratitude for the opportunities his education (and scholarship) made possible. While gratitude as a reason for giving is laudable, Singer says, it can often conflict with the "effective…

AI and Ethics: A Collaboration Between UCHV and the Center for Information Technology Policy
Jan. 10, 2019
Highlights from the joint venture between UCHV and CITP.
Kim Lane Scheppele Quoted in LA Times Story on Presidential Power in Event of National Emergency
Jan. 8, 2019
"Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his border wall - but will that work?"
Tanner Lectures on Human Values with Michael McConnell
Jan. 8, 2019
Videos from the Nov. 28 & Nov. 29th, 2018 Tanner Lectures on Human Values now available.
To Tackle Climate Change, We Need To Address Social and Political Challenges, Fleurbaey Writes
Jan. 7, 2019

In "Project Syndicate," Marc Fleurbaey and fellow International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) committee member, Helga Nowotny, write on the need to address climate change by also addressing social issues. 

Read the full story, "Climate Change Action Acnnot Ignore Social Issues,"

Climate Ethics Chapter Co-Authored by UCHV Postdoc Kian Mintz-Woo Published
Dec. 20, 2018

Mintz-Woo's chapter is included in "Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Concepts, Methods and Policy Options," an interdisciplinary survey of climate change loss and damage.

Chapter Abstract: When considering the impacts of climate change, some of them can be addressed through mitigation (reduction of greenhouse…

New Article Published by LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe
Dec. 7, 2018

Coauthored with Micah Schwartzman and Richard Schragger, both of the University of Virginia Law School, Tebbe publishes The Costs of Conscience in the "106 Kentucky Law Journal 881 (2018)."

Read full article here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id…

Macedo Elected President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
Oct. 18, 2018
Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, was elected President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
Article by Nelson Tebbe published in the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development
Sept. 21, 2018

An article by Nelson Tebbe titled, "Reply: Conscience and Equality," was recently published in the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development. Tebbe is a professor of law at Cornell Law School and a LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow.

You can read the article here

Incoming LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe writes Washington Post op-ed
Sept. 7, 2018

Nelson Tebbe, professor of law at Cornell Law School and one of our incoming LSR Visiting Faculty Fellows, discusses Judge Kavanaugh's stance on religious exemptions from general laws.

Read the Washington Post op-ed 

Conference in honor of Professor Jeffrey Stout, founding member of the UCHV executive committee
Aug. 21, 2018

The University Center for Human Values, the Department of Religion, and the Council of the Humanities are sponsoring a conference in honor of Jeffrey Stout, professor of religion, emeritus; and founding member of the UCHV's Executive Committee. 

The conference is…

Jan-Werner Mueller Elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Aug. 10, 2018

The European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) is an independent transnational and interdisciplinary network of experts in Sciences, Arts and Religions. EASA was founded in 1990 and currently has 31 Noble Prize winners as members.

Andrew Chignell Delivered the 7th Annual Kant Course and Lecture at the Humboldt University of Berlin
July 13, 2018

7th Berlin Kant Course
Andrew Chignell (Princeton)
Knowledge, Belief, Hope and Despair

The Berlin Kant Course is a regularly occurring, compact seminar, where internationally known researchers present their own new work regarding Kant's philosophy, its influence on the history of philosophy, or its reception in…

Melissa Lane Participates in a Civil Service Leadership Academy Seminar in London on "The Idea of Public Office"
July 5, 2018
Building on her Carlyle Lectures this past spring, Melissa Lane and about 70 top UK civil servants will give a talk hosted by Princeton University and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.                            

Using the Institute for Government’s recent report on accountability as a framework, this seminar will focus on the…

Elizabeth Harman Delivered Distinguished Public Lecture: "#MeToo and the Failure to Warn Others"
July 2, 2018

Professor Harman delivered her timely lecture as part of the "Ethics in the Public Sphere" distinguished lecture series at the University of California-San Diego on May 24, 2018.

Click here to read UC-San Deigo's story on the event.

UCHV Hosting Global Scholar and Visiting Professor Joseph Chan For Three Consecutive Spring Semesters
June 11, 2018
Joseph Chan, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong, will be a Princeton Global Scholar in the spring semesters 2019-2021.
Director Lane Delivers Multiple Lectures Throughout Europe
June 11, 2018

Melissa Lane delivered a series of lectures throughout Europe, including:

The Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture, University of St Andrews, May 21:  "Plato on the Purpose of Rule" The Fifth Annual Joint Lecture of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal…
Jan-Werner Mueller on Implications of Italy's New Populist Government in The New York Review of Books
June 11, 2018

Read Professor Mueller's piece, "Italy: The Bright Side of Populism?," here.

Inaugural Princeton-KY Summer Ethics Institute Examines "Inequality"
June 6, 2018
Through academic study, field study, and service learning, 20 participants explored various theories of what inequality is and why it matters.
"The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics" Primary Case Studies Released
May 21, 2018
The aim of the "Princeton Dialogues" is to develop a set of intellectual reasoning tools to guide practitioners and policy makers, both current and future, in developing the ethical frameworks that will ultimately underpin their technical and legislative decisions.
UCHV and CITP release first case studies of their joint research project, “The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics.”
May 21, 2018

Princeton's University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) release the first case studies of their joint research project: “The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics.”

Colleen Murphy awarded North American Society for Social Philosophy book award
May 17, 2018

Colleen Murphy, former Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law, Philosophy & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, won the North American Society for Social Philosophy's award for the best book in social philosophy.

Renee Bolinger to join Princeton Faculty in Fall 2019
May 17, 2018

Renee Bolinger, Ph.D., USC (2017) will join the faculty on September 1, 2019, as an Assistant Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.

Her primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy. Her current work concerns the ethics of risk, just war, moral…

We are pleased to announce our new Postdoctoral Research Associates for the 2018-19 academic year
May 11, 2018
We are pleased to announce our new Postdoctoral Research Associates for the 2018-19 academic year.
In Conversation with LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Mark van Roojen
May 11, 2018

Mark van Roojen is a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works mostly in metaethics, ethics, and political philosophy, and has published papers about moral rationalism, expressivism, moral semantics, moral epistemology, satisficing, and moral psychology. He is the author of "Metaethics: A Contemporary Introduction"…

Mueller to Deliver the Wiktor Osiatyński Memorial Lecture in Warsaw
May 9, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller will deliver the Wiktor Osiatyński Memorial Lecture in Warsaw on May 16th. The event is organized to honor the memory of the late Wiktor Osiatyński, a law professor at Warsaw and Budapest (Central European University), a promoter of human rights and democracy in Poland and in the region, and one of the authors of the Polish…

Lane Speaks on a Zócalo Public Square Panel About Sustainability
May 5, 2018
"What Plato started to say is, we have to go back to the basics of what is a society for, what is a good and flourishing society."
The University Center for Human Values' Graduate Prize Fellows For 2018-2019
May 3, 2018
UCHV announces its selection of Graduate Prize Fellows for the 2018-2019 year.
In Conversation with Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow Murray Smith
May 3, 2018

Murray Smith is a professor of film and co-director of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent, and until recently, was president of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.

This year, he is at the UCHV as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow, where he is…

Melissa Lane Featured on "History in the Making" Show
April 27, 2018

Director Lane talks about eight political ideas discussed in her book, "The Birth of Politics."

You can listen to the show here.

Cass Sunstein delivers the 2018 James A. Moffett ’29 Lecture in Ethics, “Unleashed: #MeToo and Beyond”
April 25, 2018

Watch the full lecture here:  http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/wtm73 (link is external)

Men did not start sexually harassing women in the fall of 2017.  Why did the Me Too movement spring up just then?  And why did it have (as it appears) such a rapid and broad impact on revising social norms?  More generally, why is social change so hard…

Professor Mueller To Give Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Ohio State University's Center for Ethics and Human Values
April 24, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25th, Jan-Werner Mueller will give a CEHV Distinguished Lecture in Ethics titled “What is Populism?  Politics in the Age of Trump.” 

More information at:  https://cehv.osu.edu/events/cehv-distinguished-lecture-ethics-jan…

UCHV Advisory Council Member Debra Satz Honored by American Academy of Arts and Sciences
April 23, 2018

Advisory Council member Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts, and Honors Program Advisor (McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society) at Stanford University, was honored by the

In conversation with LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Inés Valdez
April 22, 2018

Inés Valdez is an assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University. Her work examines the problem of racial, gender, and religious difference in political theory, with a particular focus on the theorization of migration and cosmopolitanism. 

As an LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow at the UCHV, Valdez is working on finishing…

Frick Awarded Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship
April 18, 2018
Johann Frick has been awarded the Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship, Ferris Thompson Foundation, for a term of three years from July 1 2018 – June 30, 2021.
Tanner Lectures on Human Values with Raj Chetty: Videos Now Available
April 12, 2018

Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Human Values with Raj Chetty:

https://uchv.princeton.edu/media-page

Mueller to give Amicus Curiae Lecture at Marshall University
April 11, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller will give an Amicus Curiae lecture in Marshall University’s series on Constitutional Democracy on April 16th.  The title of Mueller’s talk is “What is Populism?”

In conversation with Lori Gruen, Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching
April 9, 2018

Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. She is also a professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies. This semester, Gruen is at the UCHV as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.

“I've found Princeton to be…

The University Center for Human Values' Visitors for 2018-2019
March 30, 2018
The University Center welcomes the following Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professors for Distinguished Teaching for the 2018-19 academic year.
Mueller Writes on "The People Versus Democracy" in Project Syndicate
March 6, 2018

In Jan-Werner Mueller's commentary, The People Versus Democracy, Mueller urges people to focus on the structural causes of Populist's success (Italy, Brexit, Trump) rather than the irrationality of the people.

In Conversation With LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Amy Sepinwall
Feb. 23, 2018

Amy Sepinwall is an associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has two main research streams, one interrogating the notion of corporate constitutional rights and the other calling for an expansion of the conceptions of responsibility standardly advanced in…