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


Wild Animal Ethics Conference 24 - 25 Sep 2020

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3rd Annual CEPPA Graduate Conference - 18 - 20 Sep

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…
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Uncivil society: how the political has become personal in our everyday lives

Ben Sachs recently published this article in The Conversation in connection with his work on Exoplanet Ethics and The John Stuart Mill Cup.


2nd Annual Rights Workshop: Rights and Harm 4th-5th June 2020, University of St Andrews. Organisers: Joseph Bowen (University of St Andrews and University of Stirling), Samuel Dishaw (Harvard University), and Daniel Muñoz (Monash University). In…

The moral mathematics of letting people die

Theron Pummer recently published this piece on the OUPblog in connection with the release of the edited volume *Effective Altruism: Philosophical Issues*.

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.