We have special concern with work in analytic moral philosophy, on the view that work in the history of ethics and technical training in analytic philosophy should serve as two sources for serious thought about matters of good and bad, right and wrong, in human life generally and in specific aspects of our shared social world. For example, we support research on questions of character and value, conduct and policy, practical wisdom, leadership, and moral education. Working with senior scholars we seek to cultivate future generations of ethicists and to contribute to helping students integrate informed, critical, and thoughtful concern over how one should live into their larger fields of inquiry and their extracurricular lives and work. From a core focus in philosophy, we work to strengthen and inform current and future leaders in business, medicine, law, and other fields.

"It is not a trivial question, Socrates said: what we are talking about is how one should live."

Bernard Williams, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985), p. 1

"…no special difficulty arises from a moralist's appeal to the life-form, named 'human,' that all of us share: we make such appeal already in everything we think of ourselves and one another."

Michael Thompson, "The Representation of Life," in Virtues and Reasons: Philippa Foot and Moral Theory, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), p. 296