Ethics & Public Life

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life promotes interdisciplinary learning about morally central questions concerning public policies and social, political and economic processes.

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Dorothy Vanderbilt / Philosophy

The Program on Ethics and Public Life is saddened by the death of Richard Miller, the previous Program Director. Professor Miller lead the EPL Program from 2011 to 2019 and during his tenure hosted a number of lecture series that enriched and engaged many in the field of Philosophy. The Sage School of Philosophy has a full memorial here.

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Cornell Workshop on Mind and Value: Acquaintance

There has been a resurgence of interest, recently, in the idea that in perceptual experience, subjects bear a relation of acquaintance to the objects of perception that grounds non-propositional knowledge of things. Some recent work has explored the implications of this view for ethics and evaluative reasoning more broadly. We hope to generate interest in this research program by inviting senior and junior scholars working in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and value theory to Cornell University for talks and discussion held on May 13 - 15, 2022. 

Click here for more details on the workshop

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Cornell Conference in Philosophy of Law

The first Cornell Conference in Philosophy of Law was held via zoom after having to be canceled in May 2020.

Please see the full details on the conference website.

The Conference was co-hosted by the Cornell Law School, the Sage School of Philosophy, and the Program in Ethics & Public Life.