What is justice? What is virtue? Which values should we pursue and cherish? Which principles of conduct are we obligated to respect and uphold? How do those values and principles give meaning and direction to our lives? These are among the central questions of ethics, and it is difficult to see how any questions could be more important for a person to think about and to do so with care, imagination, and rigor. From ancient times to the present, philosophical thinkers have thought in such a way about ethical questions and have developed concepts, principles and theories that help provide reasonable answers. Still, there are no definitive answers and no fully adequate understanding of the domain of ethics. Thinking, writing, discussing, arguing... all this must continue in order for our understanding of ethics to advance. And it should continue not only among philosophers but everyone else as well. Ethical insight has never been the monopoly of philosophers, and careful ethical thinking is bound to better the lives of philosopher and nonphilosopher alike. The aim of The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics is to foster fruitful engagement with the whole range of ethical questions, from those that concern the private life of the individual to those that confront all of humanity.
Winner of the 2003 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documention Center Award For Excellence and Innovations in Philosophy Programs