Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021

Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch became a household name during the first impeachment and Senate trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump. In a frank, one-hour conversation with Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S.

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows 2021-22

Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University (Spring 2022)

Monday, Apr 12, 2021

The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce that PEA Soup, a blog that has been providing a forum for discussing philosophy, ethics, and academia since 2004, has a new home.  The blog will now be hosted by Princeton University through our departmental cPanel service, a small-scale...

Monday, Apr 12, 2021
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...
Thursday, Apr 8, 2021

Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Mueller presented the annual Otto von Bismarck Foundation lecture on March 31st.   In “Conflict and Cohesion in Contemporary Democracies,” Mueller reminded the audience that the term ‘culture war’ had originated in Bismarck’s time – as a result...

Friday, Apr 2, 2021

The New York Daily News recently published an op-ed by Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and UCHV Laurance S.

Monday, Mar 15, 2021

GQ magazine asked Elizabeth Harman, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, if it’s okay for you to lie to get the vaccine.

Friday, Mar 12, 2021

The course "Cinema in Times of Pandemic" was created by Erika Kiss, founding director of the UCHV Film Forum and a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in European Cultural Studies, to analyze COVID’s...

Thursday, Mar 11, 2021
In his recent Project Syndicate op-ed, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer reflects on the Harris County Texas COVID-19 response team medical director who lost his job and faces criminal charges because he chose to find eligible recipients for ten unused vaccine doses rather than allow them to expire. 
Thursday, Mar 11, 2021
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...
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021

Edward Baring, associate professor of history and the University Center for Human Values, joined the faculty this winter from Drew University where he taught for ten years.  A historian of modern Europe, he is currently teaching the undergraduate course “European Intellectual...

Friday, Feb 19, 2021
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...
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
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.
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021

Read the blog post co-written by Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S.

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021

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.

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021

Professor of Religion and Chair of the Humanities Council Eric Gregory explains the use of Augustine in the inaugural address of the nation’s second Catholic president in The New York Times article “In Biden...

Monday, Feb 1, 2021

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.

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, was one of five...
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

In two separate op-eds, Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Mueller discusses the right to rowdy protests, the line crossed by Trump supporters last week and the need to punish the President for his role in inciting an insurrection.

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

Drawing on her award-winning book, Eco-Republic, in which she reflects on the ethics and politics of sustainability, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values Melissa Lane addressed the question “Is an ecological republic...

Monday, Dec 14, 2020

Kelsey Piper, a staff writer for the Vox, discusses reading Peter Singer’s book The Life You Can Save and how effective altruism has helped her during the pandemic in her article “The world’s problems overwhelmed me. This book...

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020

Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Mueller's Op-Ed in Project Syndicate, "Merkel's Last Chance," discusses Europe's "rule-of-law" crisis and its effects on the EU.

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020

In his recent Op-Ed, Peter Singer explores the psychology of giving. To read the full piece, click here.

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and the Director of the University Center for Human Values, was interviewed for the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry's podcast, "The Human Context" a series offering humanistic perspectives on the pandemic.

Monday, Nov 9, 2020

Jan-Werner Mueller, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Politics of Politics, on accountability, truthful recording of history, and the Trump Administration in his op-ed in Project Syndicate, “...

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

Peter Singer's book Why Vegan?  has now been published by Penguin in the UK and Norton in the US. 

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

In his Project Syndicate op-ed, "To Lock Down or Not to Lock Down", Professor Peter Singer assesses the costs and benefits of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion, is quoted in the New York Times article, "Biden and Trump Say They're Fighting for America's 'Soul.'  What Does That Mean?"

Monday, Oct 12, 2020

The essay, “Technology Alone Can’t Fix Algorithmic Injustice”, co-authored with Princeton doctoral students Elena Di Rosa (Philosophy) and Hochan “Sonny” Kim (Politics) won The Hastings Center's 2020 David...

Friday, Oct 9, 2020

Andrew Chignell, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values, has been elected as President of the North American Kant Society. He will serve for three years.

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020

Elizabeth Harman answers Princeton Alumni Weekly readers' questions about pandemic ethics in "Tiger Ethics: How to Pick a Schooling Option This Fall."

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020

On November 18, Jan-Werner Mueller will give the Barbara Harrell-Bond Lecture at Oxford University’s Center for Refugee Studies. He will lecture on “Democracy versus Right-Wing Populism.”

Monday, Sep 28, 2020

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."

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020

The newest issue of Daedalus, “Witnessing Climate Change,” was released this week. The magazine grew out of the Witnessing Professionals and Climate Change conference that the UCHV, CFI, and PEI hosted in 2018, and includes articles written by Princeton faculty Robert H. Socolow and Elke U. Weber....

Friday, Sep 18, 2020

In his Project Syndicate op-ed "How (Not) to Fight COVID-19," Professor Peter Singer and co-author Joanna Masel argue that "public-health experts who adhere to rigid rules for containing the pandemic...

Monday, Sep 14, 2020
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.
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020

In his opinion piece for The Conversation, former LSR Fellow Ben Bramble writes "Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario." 


Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020

In the Open Democracy article "Dark money, dirty politics and the backlash against human rights," Professor Kim Lane Scheppele discusses Victor Orbán’s rise to power.

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020

Corey Cusimano, a postdoctoral research associate in cognitive science of values, found that individuals tend to view themselves as less capable than other people of voluntarily changing their beliefs. His research was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social...

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
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...
Monday, Aug 17, 2020

2019-20 LSR Fellow Ben Bramble published "Pandemic Ethics: 8 Big Questions of COVID-19". The book is open access, so it can be downloaded and read for free by all those who are interested in the following issues questions and issues:

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

In response to the firing of his law colleague by The University of Hong Kong, Joseph Chan was quoted in The New York Times article "Hong Kong University to Fire Law Professor Who...

Monday, Jul 27, 2020

Professor Peter Singer published a co-authored study on "Do ethics classes influence student behavior? Case study: Teaching the ethics of eating meat" in Cognition, a leading international peer-reviewed journal.

According to Singer, the study is "the first-ever controlled trial to show that teaching philosophy can change behavior, not...

Monday, Jul 27, 2020

Elizabeth Harman is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and Human Values. To read her Op-Ed about academic freedom and racist research, click here.