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.



2020 Knox Lecture video is now available!

On 9 June 2020, Prof. John Haldane gave the Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture, "Philosophy and Public Affairs in Historical Perspective".  The video recording of that lecture is now available here.

Ben Sachs tackles animal ethics

In a new series of three videos, Ben Sachs, Director of CEPPA, answers questions from the public on animal ethics.  The questions are: How do we draw the line with animal ethics? Does animal ethics deal with domesticated species differently? …
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CEPPA Chats, 1st Series, Episode Nine - Cecile Fabre

In this YouTube video, Cecile Fabre sits down with Ben Sachs to discuss a sensitive topic in light of the 2016 U.S. Presidential and Brexit votes—foreign interference with the democratic process. This is the last of the 1st Series of CEPPA…

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Wed 23

Moral Philosophy Reading Group

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wed 30

Moral Philosophy Reading Group

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oct 07

Moral Philosophy Reading Group

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm