Public Philosophy Network

Encouraging and Supporting Publicly Engaged Philosophical Research and Practices

Programs and Institutes

The Rock Ethics Institute at Pennsylvania State University
In the interest of increasing ethical awareness across the Penn State campus and in the public and private sectors, The Rock Ethics Institute has a three-fold emphasis on 1) education, 2) research, and 3) outreach. The Rock hosts conferences and events, provides research grants, and supports multiple initiatives on ethics and public philosophy, including climate change, bioethics, ethics education, leadership, and critical philosophy of race. The Rock Ethics Institute is also a major contributor for the establishment of the Public Philosophy Network. As stated on the website, “The Rock Ethics Institute aims to help people better understand the cultural—and frequently multi-cultural—contexts of ethical problems, disagreements, and responses. We believe that in today’s world, ethical literacy is essential to being active, informed citizens, and to living vibrant professional and personal lives.”

Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (University of Maryland School of Public Policy)
“The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, a part of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, was established in 1976 to conduct research into the values and concepts that underlie public policy. Most studies concerned with public policy are empirical: they assess costs, describe constituencies, and gather data with the goal of making predictions. Though the Institute frames its research questions by looking carefully at empirical data, its own work is primarily conceptual and normative. It investigates the structure of arguments and the nature of values relevant to the formation, justification, and criticism of public policy. Through its publications and its Web site, the Institute seeks to clarify and contribute to public discussion. In 1998 the Institute, in conjunction with the Department of Government and Politics, the Department of Philosophy, and the School of Public Affairs, formed the Committee on Politics, Philosophy, and Public Policy, an interdisciplinary graduate specialization and research consortium at the University of Maryland.”

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