The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA) aims to coordinate and facilitate collaborative research and outreach on topics in moral and political philosophy, with an eye on impact. There are currently five Projects being developed: Effective Altruism; Knowledge, Democracy, and Public Discourse; Philosophy and Education; Virtue and Character; and Human Rights. See below for more information about each project, including the people involved, current activities, publications, and plans. Please get in touch if you are interested in collaborating with us on any of these projects, or if you would like us to consider further collaborative research or outreach projects.
Exploring the philosophical foundations of a new social movement that encourages people to do the most good with their charitable activities (donations of money, time, and effort).
Examining the roles of knowledge, reasoning, and public discourse in a democratic society, with a focus on duties of intellectual charity, the right response to disagreement, epistemic injustice, reliance on expert opinions, and educating with humility.
This practical project aims to increase and support the role of philosophy in nursery, primary and secondary education by disseminating philosophy skills to teachers.
Exploring the nature of virtue and character, their role in moral theory and practical ethics, their relation to motivation and action, and their place in the evaluation of public figures, politicians, role-models, and so on.
This research project looks into a number of questions concerning human rights, including those relating to the nature and grounds of human rights, human rights and duties to people suffering severe poverty, human rights and the individual, and the challenges of diversity.