International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Mission and Guiding Principles

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The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life promotes ethical and innovative ways of understanding and responding to challenges around justice, democracy and peace. The Center generates and disseminates knowledge; brings people together across institutional, disciplinary, and societal boundaries; and builds capacity for community engagement among students, professionals, scholars, and members of diverse and disparate communities.

Guiding Principles

  • Community Engagement at Local, National and Global Levels: The Center brings people together from communities around the corner and across the world. The Center honors the diversity of these communities and their interdependence.
  • The Public Square: The Center focuses on the significant and emerging challenges of our time and fosters ethical discourse on contested questions.
  • A Bridge Between Scholarship and Practice: The Center operates under the conviction that the current global challenges require the combined expertise of scholars and practitioners working together.
  • Across Disciplines: The Center is committed to involving experts from across the spectrum of the liberal arts. Consideration of our complex challenges belongs not only to the world’s philosophers and scientists, but also to our artists.