The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA) promotes exploration into important ethical issues arising in public life. Its field of interest comprises ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophical dimensions of public affairs. The Centre houses research projects, outreach projects, seminars, conferences, academic visits, fellowships, publishing, and public discussion on topics within its field of interest.

We are currently seeking funding to help enhance the scope of our work



Knox Lecture 2019 - Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill) - 21st May 2019

The 2019 Knox Lecture Monday 21 May 5:15-6:45pm School III, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street, St Andrews

2nd CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy

Call for papers. Key dates: submissions due 15 November 2018; notifications of acceptance before 25 December 2018; conference from 8-10 February 2019.

How high to dream?

Adam Etinson in The Times Literary Supplement on the rise of human rights amid the collapse of socialist ideals.

This Semester's Events

Full list of CEPPA talks for academic year, 2018 - 2019 Wednesday 26 September, 2018- Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona) - 4.30 – 6pm in Edgecliffe 104 Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Mette High (Social Anthropology, St Andrews) 11am-12.30pm…

Below you will find details of six projects that members of CEPPA are currently tackling. Prospective visitors, speakers, or other affiliates of CEPPA should note, however, that the Centre has a very broad scope; any topic in ethics (applied ethics, normative ethics, or metaethics), social, political, legal, or public philosophy, would fall within the Centre’s remit regardless of any connection or lack thereof to these six highlighted projects.