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



Creating A Responsible Charter for Public Debate - 22nd April

Democratic politics has always been a place of discussion, disagreement and debate. However, recent politics – especially in the age of social media – seems to be increasingly polarised. This raises the question of whether there are…

3rd Annual CEPPA Graduate Conference - 17th - 19th April

Applications are now open for the 3rd Annual Graduate Conference at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (CEPPA) at the University of St Andrews. The conference seeks to provide a platform for early career researchers working…

CEPPA Talks - 2019 - 20

CEPPA talks for academic year, 2019 - 2020 Thursday 12th September, 2019 - Daniel Munoz (Monash) from 2pm to 3:30pm in Edgecliffe 104 Wednesday 18th September, 2019 - Hud Hudson (Western Washington University) from 11am - 12:30pm in…

John Stuart Mill Cup 2020 - 9th June

Visit the Mill Cup website for full information.

Below you will find details of seven 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 seven highlighted projects.