Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

College of Arts and Letters
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8142

Tel. (619) 594-5249
Fax (619) 594-1031


Last Update: 11/19/13


The Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University seeks to promote critical thinking about moral issues that are often complex in nature. The Institute aims to be a resource to members of the campus community, the larger community of scholars, and the greater San Diego community who wish to pursue thoughtful discussion and research as a means of clarifying moral problems. It also aims to raise the profile of the moral implications of current events. The Institute is housed in the Philosophy Department, but seeks interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration since clarity on contemporary moral problems often involves both the application of normative theorizing and empirical investigation. The Institute organizes and sponsors a variety of programs on applied and theoretical moral issues. Among these programs are colloquia, community outreach talks, lectures, and student essay contests.




Major funding for the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs was provided by a generous donation from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust.



"Better it is for philosophy to err in active participation in the living struggles and issues of its own age and times than to maintain an immune monastic impeccability." (John Dewey, Characters and Events: Popular Essays in Social and Political Philosophy)

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