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Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.


How climate talks can be more successful

New research from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity phi­los­ophy pro­fes­sors sug­gests that global cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions would be more suc­cessful if coun­tries worked together out­side of global bar­gaining venues.


What do human research subjects have the right to know?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers from around the world con­verged at North­eastern last week to grapple with the ethics of informed con­sent when using humans as their subjects.


3Qs: The ethics of species ‘de-​​extinction’

With the ability to clone ani­mals from their genetic mate­rial, bringing back extinct species is no longer the stuff of sci­ence fic­tion. But is it eth­ical? We asked phi­los­ophy pro­fessor Ronald Sandler.

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3Qs: Lance Armstrong and the ethics of sport

Ronald San­dler, asso­ciate pro­fessor of phi­los­ophy and director of the university’s Ethics Insti­tute, exam­ines the doping alle­ga­tions against the cyclist and why the case has res­onated so strongly with the public.


Ethics Institute to support experiential learning, research

The insti­tute, directed by asso­ciate pro­fessor of phi­los­ophy Ronald San­dler, is ded­i­cated to bringing eth­ical analysis and eval­u­a­tion to social and envi­ron­mental issues.

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Preparing tomorrow’s researchers for technology’s fallout

North­eastern fac­ulty led an inno­v­a­tive pilot pro­gram to immerse PhD stu­dents in social and eth­ical issues sur­rounding new technologies.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

New Report on Social and Ethical Issues of Nanotechnology

A North­eastern report­in­ves­ti­gates common mis­con­cep­tions about the social and eth­ical issues asso­ci­ated with emerging nanotechnologies.

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