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Humanistic Disciplines Mini-Seminar

The Humanistic Disciplines Mini-Seminar enhances engagement with moral issues and texts within the university community and increases the opportunities for serious discussion of moral matters among graduates and undergraduates. The seminar is small, not-for-credit, and focuses on an important issue or text in moral philosophy. The seminar is led by an advanced graduate student and is open to all undergraduates (about 12-15 per seminar). The seminar meets once per week over the course of a [...]

Chicago Moral Philosophy Project

The Chicago Moral Philosophy Project brings an esteemed scholar specializing in ethics to visit the University of Chicago’s Department of Philosophy each spring. The scholar teaches one graduate-undergraduate course, leads a faculty-doctoral student reading group, and provides special advising to students. The program enhances the curriculum in moral philosophy for graduates and undergraduates and fosters productive and rigorous discussion about ethical topics within the Department of Philosophy and beyond.     The Project: Spring 2018 [...]

Emerging Scholars Cohort in Bioethics

The Emerging Scholars Cohort in Bioethics is a yearlong program in which a select group of students will interact with leading practitioners and scholars to address the issues of being a good health care clinician, understood as more than mere technical competence. Members of the cohort will participate in a 2-day, intensive seminar and a series of lectures. Discussion of the seminar and lecture topics will continue over arranged dinners with the invited speakers. Throughout [...]

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"Even now, in an age not much given to mysticism, there are people who ask 'What is the meaning of life?' Not a few of them make the simple…assumption that there is something to be known here….. And most of those same people make the equally unguarded assumption that the whole issue of life's meaning presupposes some positive answer to the question whether it can be plainly and straightforwardly true that this or that thing or activity or pursuit is good, has value, or is worth something. Finally…they suppose that questions like that of life's meaning must be among the central questions of moral philosophy."

David Wiggins, Truth, Invention, and the Meaning of Life," in Needs, Values, Truth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 87
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