The Ethics of Revenge (January 2012)

Recommended Books From the Year (December 2011)

Seeking Justice After War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity: Which Approach? (November 2011)

Exploring the Ethics of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (October 2011)

What are the Ethics of Tourism? (September 2011)

Should Every Worker Have Paid Sick Leave? The Ethics of Employee Benefits and Rights (August 2011)

Is There a "Right to Die?" Philosophical, Religious, Legal and Medical Viewpoints (July 2011)

Is Affirmative Action in College Admissions Ethical? (June 2011)

Is "Ethnic Modification" Surgery Ethical? (May 2011)

Ethical Dimensions of Taxes: Who should pay how much for what? (April 2011)

War and Peace: Dilemmas Facing Contemporary Religious Leaders (March 2011)

Is the release of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks ethical? (February 2011)

Is it ethical for parents to opt out of immunizing their children? (January 2011)

Recommended Books From the Year (December 2010)

Debating “Judicial Activism” – How Far Should Judges Go? (November 2010)

Is capital punishment ethical? (October 2010)

Is it ethical to conduct medical trials among poor and uneducated populations in developing countries? (September 2010)

Arts Education: a Luxury, Essential, or a Means to an End? (August 2010)

Normalization of Testing for HIV: Should Everyone Be Tested? (June 2010)

Shades of Green? The Ethical Dimensions of Cape Wind (May 2010)

Should Undocumented Students be Eligible for In-State Tuition Rates? (April 2010)

Is it Ethical to Use Robots in War? (March 2010)

Who Bears Responsibility for the Environment? (February 2010)

Is it Ethical to Eat Animals? (January 2010)

Recommended Books From the Year (December 2009)

Is There a Responsibility to Protect? (November 2009)

Proportionality in the Context of Armed Conflict (October 2009)

Does New Technology Require a New Ethics? (September 2009)

Should Identity Affect Legal Decisions? (July 2009)

Is Torture Ever Justifiable? (June 2009)

Ethical Inquiry


In this monthly series, we examine ethical questions, highlighting a broad array of opinion from journalism, academia, and advocacy organizations. Our intent is to illuminate and explore the complexity of some of the most vexing ethical questions of our time. Click below for details on the latest “Ethical Inquiry.”

As part of its mission, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encourages ethical practice in civic and professional life. While we examine the ethical practices of professionals in specific fields like international justice and coexistence, we also focus on the ethical issues that shape the society at large.

Leaders in government, business, and civil society make ethical decisions that have profound effects on people the world over. As we follow the latest developments on these issues, we invite you to join us in "Ethical Inquiry."

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