The Chicago Moral Philosophy Project works alongside the Hyde Park Institute to provide curricular and extracurricular support for students interested in practical philosophy—ethics, social and political philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of action and decision, and work in the history of philosophy relevant to thought about good and bad in human life.


We sponsor undergraduate and graduate courses.  We bring a senior visiting faculty member in Spring to lead a faculty-doctoral student reading group, offer a mixed graduate-undergraduate course, and help to advise doctoral student dissertations.


Our recent courses have included:


  • The Nature of Practical Reason (PHIL 21504/31504)
  • Character and Commerce: Practical Wisdom in Economic Life (PHIL 24098/ECON 12300)
  • Thomas Aquinas’s Metaphysics of Morals: The Goodness and Badness of Human Actions (PHIL 20002/30002)
  • Medieval Metaphysics: Universals from Boethius to Ockham (PHIL 20098/30098)
  • Aquinas on Human Nature (PHIL 25101/35101)
  • Emotions and their Ethical Significance (PHIL 20001/30001)– Aristotle on Practical Wisdom (PHIL 21714/31714)
  • Final Ends (PHIL 20214/30214)
  • Ethics with Anscombe (PHIL 20212/30212)


The Chicago Moral Philosophy Project benefits from our Advisory Board’s counsel.  Our Advisory Board is drawn from University of Chicago faculty:

"We need prudence or practical wisdom for any large-scale worthy enterprise, just as health and sanity are needed. We need justice to secure cooperation and mutual trust… without which our lives would be nasty, brutish, and short. We need temperance in order not to be deflected from our long-term and large-scale goals by seeking short-term satisfactions. And we need courage in order to persevere in the face of setbacks, weariness, difficulties, and dangers."

Peter Geach, The Virtues (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977), p. 16