Jan-Werner Mueller is chosen as keynote speaker at the Civic Education Conference in Hammamet, Tunisia.
May 13, 2016

The May 13‚ 2016 conference is sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the Union des Tunisiens Indépendants pour la Liberté and aims to enhance the development of civil society and civic education in the region. 

Politics graduate student, Joan Ricart–Huguet reports on the first year of a project he is working on with Profesor Betsy Levy–Paluck which is supported by a UCHV faculty research grant.
May 10, 2016


When the Sorting Hat Does Not Sort: A Natural Experiment on Culture

The University Center for Human Values provides funding to support Princeton faculty doing work in subjects relating to…

Ted Lechterman‚ politics graduate student and former UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow‚ received an award for best paper at the 2015 NPSA conference.
May 5, 2016

Research for Lechterman’s paper was partially funded by the Political Philosophy Research and Travel Grant.

Lechterman’s paper‚ “Donations and Democracy‚” was selected for the McWilliams Best Graduate Student Paper in Political Theory award.

Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values profiled on University website.
April 26, 2016

Capitalism, Utopia‚ and Social Justice‚” taught by Marc Fleurbaey – jointly appointed with UCHV and WWS – introduces students to a variety of readings, mainly in philosophy and economics, to develop opinions and questions about the basic…

The co-winners of the UCHV Short Movie Prize 2016 are Chanyoung Park, Roxana Turcanu and Cezar Mocan for “Même” and Emma Michalak for "But for the Grace”.
April 25, 2016

Ben Goodman and Simon Gulergun's Untitled received Honorable Mention.


Congratulations to all of the winners! For more information about the Short Movie Prize and the list of previous winners click here.


Another VPL student – alum Yung In Chae′15 – is awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
March 25, 2016

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full–time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. For more information, click here.

Harvard University’s Tommie Shelby discusses injustice‚ punishment and condemnation at the Center′s February PEPA talk.
March 17, 2016

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs welcomed Professor Tommie Shelby (Harvard) to discuss a chapter from his forthcoming book, .

By Amy Hondo, Ph.D. candidate
Program in Political Philosophy

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs welcomed Professor Tommie Shelby (Harvard)…

Are we under an obligation to do as the law tells us to?
Feb. 25, 2016

Politics graduate student Benjamin Hofmann recounts this and other questions NYU Professor Samuel Scheffler addressed in the James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics.

Are we under an obligation to do as the law tells us to? What about bad or unjust laws? Or just law…

The February issue of “Klēsis‚” the French philosophy journal‚ is devoted to Peter Singer.
Feb. 11, 2016

Klēsis’ special issue on Peter Singer has contributions from individuals such as Charles Camosy and Lori Gruen to Peter Singer himself.

Stephen Macedo delivered the Fourth Annual Lester Kissel Lecture in Ethics at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics.
Feb. 5, 2016

The lecture titled‚“No Slippery Slopes: Same–Sex Couples‚ Monogamy‚ and the Future of Marriage” was held on February 11.

Susan Brison, 2016-17 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching to teach undergraduate seminar on freedom of speech in spring 2017
Jan. 19, 2016
Susan Brison, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College will teach CHV 411/PHI 411, Free Speech in the Age of the Internet, in the spring 2017 at Princeton.
Values and Public Life (VPL) senior‚ Ella Cheng‚ is one of three Princeton University students awarded the Schwartzman scholarship.
Jan. 11, 2016

Cheng will pursue a one–year Master’s program in Tsinghua University in Beijing next year.  

Full story here.

LSR Visiting Facutly Fellow‚ Luc Bovens‚ discusses child euthanasia at an Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminar.
Dec. 18, 2015

UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow‚ Madison Kilbride‚ recounts the event.

Child Euthanasia: Shall we Just Not Talk About It?
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow, Professor Luc Bovens gave a talk at an…

Results are in: Peter Singer’s "Giving Game."
Dec. 18, 2015

Once again this year, I ran the “Giving Game” in my Practical Ethics course. The course discusses, among other topics, the ideas that lie behind the emerging Effective Altruism movement. Effective altruists seek to make the world a better place and to use their resources as effectively as…

Peter Singer on Honoring Flawed Historical Figures.
Dec. 15, 2015

On Monday December 7, Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics class deviated from its pre-arranged schedule to discuss an ethical question that has been hotly debated among the Princeton community: should the university remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International…

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics‚ Monique Wonderly‚ reports on Gary Varner’s DeCamp Seminar.
Dec. 15, 2015

Personhood, Ethics, and Cognition

            Gary Varner, professor at Texas A&M University and author of

Students in the Values and Public Life certificate program contemplate the merits of a J.D. in their careers.
Dec. 3, 2015

For undergraduates ‘on the fence’ about law school‚ VPL student‚ Ya Sheng Lin ′17‚ says learning from those who’ve followed that course‚ is helpful.

Reflections on VPL Law School Panel

By Ya Sheng Lin‚ Class of 2017‚ Values and Public Life and Italian Language and Culture

Graduate Prize Fellow‚ Adam Lerner‚ recounts Larissa MacFarquhar’s talk on ‘do–gooders’.
Nov. 25, 2015

View talk here.

There are people who do good, and then there are what Larissa MacFarquhar calls "do-gooders". Larissa MacFarquhar of The New Yorker has…

Philadelphia’s news website,‚ profiled UCHV’s Film Forum‚ which is directed by Erika Kiss.
Nov. 23, 2015

The post specifically discusses Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?‚ which played at the Princeton Garden and was accompanied by live music.

Johann Frick (UCHV and Philosophy) received the Carrier Prize for his dissertation at Harvard University.
Nov. 19, 2015

" 'Making People Happy, Not Making Happy People’: A Defense of the Asymmetry Intuition in Population Ethics' ” (November 2014) earned him the Emily and Charles Carrier Prize which recognizes a dissertation on a subject in social, political,…

Values and Public Policy postdoc, Minh Ly, writes on last month’s PEPA seminar with Alexander Gourevitch from Brown.
Nov. 18, 2015


“Justice By Other Means: When Striking Workers Coerce Other Workers”

Professor Alex Gourevitch, a political theorist at Brown University and author of “From Slavery to the…

“A Conversation About Altruism: Matthieu Ricard and Peter Singer” video and story now available.
Oct. 26, 2015

Click here to view video.


Home to Professor Peter Singer, Princeton has a special connection to effective altruism, a global…

Politics graduate student, Suzie Kim, writes about this month’s Political Philosophy Colloquium with Mark Bevir.
Oct. 23, 2015

Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies at UC Berkeley, gave a talk entitled, “Historicism and Critique” at the Political Philosophy Colloquium on October 8th, which focused on his research on the method of “radical historicism” in the philosophy of social…

Jan-Werner Mueller delivers the inaugural Jos de Beus lecture for the Amsterdam Centre of Political Thought.
Oct. 19, 2015

In memory of Jos de Beus, a passionate public debater and a beloved professor of Political Theory at the Unviersity of Amsterdam, the Amserdam Centre established the annual Jos de Beus Lecture Series.

The goal of the lecture series is to bring to Amsterdam renowned international experts to address today’s big questions, including …

Congratulations to UCHV Faculty Associate Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
Oct. 12, 2015


Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics, and UCHV Faculty Associate awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. 

Philip Pettit will give the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 2019.
Oct. 7, 2015

 The John Locke Lectures are among the world's most distinguished lecture series in philosophy.

Kim Lane Scheppele reports on the migrant crisis on the Europe Edition of Politico.
Sept. 18, 2015

In “Orbán′s police state‚” Scheppele discusses the possibility of the Hungarian government to declare a “state of migration emergency” and the scary implications this would have on both migrants and Hungarian citizens.

VPL student, Benjamin Taub ’14, wrote The New Yorker’s June cover story, “Journey to Jihad.”
Aug. 24, 2015

Having graduated this past May, Taub’s thesis project from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism served as the basis for the article, which he helped fund using money he earned from being a contestant on ‘

The Most Good You Can Do
July 7, 2015

Peter Singer discusses the logic of "Effective Altruism" on a Boston Review Forum

Both UCHV’s Philip Pettit and Peter Singer delivered The Tanner Lectures on Human Values this past spring at Berkeley and Oxford, repectively.
June 24, 2015

Philip Pettit’s April Tanner Lectures: “The Birth of Ethics.”

Peter Singer’s June Tanner Lectures:“From Moral Neutrality to Effective Altruism: The Changing Scope and Significance of Moral Philosophy.”…