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Research on Evolution of Spite by Professor Smead Featured in NY Times Article

Prof. Rory Smead’s research on the evolution of spite and cooperation was recently featured in an article in the New York Times. The original research article, “The Evolution of Fairness Through Spite,”  can be found here, and the New York Times article is here.

Prof. Steve Nathanson Testifies in Trial of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Protestors

Prof. Steve Nathanson recently testified in the last day of a trial of 12 protestors who committed acts of civil disobedience by trespassing at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass. Based on his prior writings about civil disobedience and the moral status of obedience to law, Steve was asked to be an expert witness on the circumstances under which civil disobedience might be justified and how it is supposed to be efficacious form of protest. The following article from the Cape Cod Times includes quotes from Steve as well as  descriptions of the last day of the trial and the judge’s verdict. Downwinders convictedCapeCodTimes

Local Environmental Action 2014

The Ethics Institute is co-sponsoring the Local Environmental Action Conference this year. For more information, please click here.

Visting Scholars Program

The Ethics Institute is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 Visiting Scholars Program. Information on the program can be found here. For questions about the program, please contact Ronald Sandler (r.sandler@neu.ed).

Workshop on Ethnography, Religion, and Ethics Call for Papers

This year the Ethics Institute will be hosting the 2014 Workshop in Applied Philosophy on Ethnography, Religion, and Ethics. For more information on this year’s workshop, please click here. For the call for papers, please click here.

Informed Consent

What do human research subjects have the right to know?

The 2013 applied ethics workshop was held September 27th-28th on the topic of informed consent. Information about the workshop can be found here

S.NET

The program is now available for the 5th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) to be held at Northeastern October 27-30. The program, along with information regarding registration for the conference, is available here

Fall 2013 Philosophy and Religion Newsletter

The Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Ethics Institute have published the Fall 2013 Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

Registration Open for the 2013 Workshop in Applied Ethics.

The theme for our 3rd Annual Workshop in Applied Ethics is Frontiers of Informed Consent. You can register for the workshop here, and more information can be found here.

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Call for Papers for S.NET Annual Meeting Now Open

The Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) is now accepting proposals for the 2013 annual meeting. This year’s theme is Innovation, Responsibility, and Sustainable Development. To submit a paper, please use the S.NET Submission Portal.

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3Qs: Benedict XVI Resigns the Papacy

Professor Bucar addresses questions on the impact and consequences of Pope Benedict XVI’s abrupt resignation. To view the full article, click here.

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Workshop on Informed Consent Call for Papers

This year the Ethics Institute will be hosting the 2013 Workshop in Applied Philosophy on Informed Consent. For more information on this year’s workshop, please click here. For the call for papers, please click here.

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“The Ethics of Species”

Professor Sandler’s new book, The Ethics of Species (Cambridge University Press), is now available. More about the book and its content can be found here!

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NASSP International Social Philosophy Conference

Last week, North­eastern hosted the 29th International Social Philosophy Conference, an oppor­tu­nity for experts and stu­dents to weigh deep ques­tions around some of the biggest issues of our time. The full article can be found here.

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“Us Before Me: Ethics and Social Cap­ital for Global Well-​​Being”

Professor Illingworth’s new book on the ethical significance of social capital, Us Before Me (Palgrave Macmillan), is now available. More about the book and the importance of social capital as an ethical concept can be found here.

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2012 Workshop in Applied Philosophy Program Now Available

The program for the 2012 Northeastern Workshop in Applied Philosophy, September 28-30, is now available here.

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2012 NASSP International Social Philosophy Conference Program and Abstracts Available

The program for the 29th International Social Philosophy Conference being held at Northeastern University July 26 – 28 is now available here. The abstracts for the papers being presented can be found here.

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Inaugural Department of Philosophy and Religion Newsletter

Our first semi-annual newsletter brought to you by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University. Click here to read it!

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Registration for the 2012 Workshop in Applied Philosophy is Now Open

Registration for The 2012 Workshop in Applied Philosophy is now open. This year’s topic is: “Global Justice and the Ethics of Exclusion”. The Workshop will be held September 28-30th, 2012. Read more…

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2012 Global Justice Working Group

The Northeastern Ethics Institute will be hosting a faculty works-in-progress series on contemporary ethical issues and global justice. Read more…

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2011 Workshop in Applied Philosophy

The 2011 Workshop in Applied Philosophy was held September 30th to October 2nd on the theme of “Ethical issues in Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems.” Read more…

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Summer Graduate Research Fellows

In conjunction with the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group, the Institute hosted a group of six advanced graduate students and early-career researchers to explore ethical issues associated with emerging technologies. Read more…

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Welcome, Serena Parekh

The Institute is excited to welcome Serena Parekh to the Department of Philosophy and Religion as well as the Ethics Institute. Serena’s research focuses on issues of human rights and global justice. Read more…

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Congratulations, Stephen Nathanson

Steve Nathanson was recently awarded an Excellence in Research Award from Northeastern. In addition, Steve’s recent book, Terrorism and the Ethics of War, was named the outstanding book in social philosophy in 2010 Read more…

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New Book on Ethics and Philanthropy

Patricia Illingworth’s new collection (co-edited with Thomas Pogge and Leif Wenar) on ethics and philanthropy is now available from Oxford University Press.

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The Ethics Minor

Northeastern University offers a minor in Ethics that is open to all majors. Read more…

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Stephen Nathanson on Philosophy TV

Stephen Nathanson was featured, with Tony Coady, in an episode of Philosophy TV. The topic of discussion was “Terrorism”. To view this episode, please visit the Philosophy TV page.

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Ethics Institute is Launched!

We are excited to announce the Northeastern University Ethics Institute has been officially launched! The Institute’s mission is to bring ethical analysis and evaluation to bear on social and environmental issues, as well as to promote ethical reflection on decisions and challenges in contemporary life. It will do this by:

  • Supporting faculty and students conducting ethics-oriented research
  • Developing interdisciplinary research projects and programs on social and environmental issues
  • Providing opportunities, both in the classroom and through experiential education, for cultivating ethical awareness and developing the skills associated with ethical inquiry and analysis
  • Fostering campus-wide discourse on ethical dimensions of pressing social and environmental problems
  • Functioning as a community resource on the ethical dimensions of local, national, and global social and environmental issues

The Institute’s interdisciplinary faculty have a diverse range of areas of expertise, including human rights, global justice, health care, war and terrorism, patriotism, emerging technologies, environmental justice, climate change, capital punishment, economic justice, ethical theory, religious ethics, and descriptive ethics. The Institute and its faculty embody Northeastern University’s commitment to engaged and impactful research, education and public scholarship.

For more information about the Institute and its programs, please visit us online at __________ or contact the Institute Director, Ronald Sandler, at r.sandler@neu.edu.