Welcome to the

Center for Ethics & Policy

At Carnegie Mellon University

An Interdisciplinary Center

Dedicated to Advancing Applied Ethics & Political Philosophy

Through the Integration of Theory and Practice

Promoting the Impact of Philosophy

On science, policy, and society

Through teaching, research, and outreach

About the Center


The Center for Ethics and Policy is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to promoting the integration of high-quality theoretical reflection and discerning practical engagement with ethical, social, and policy issues in the professions and public life. The Center’s research touches fundamental aspects of individual and social life and incorporates methodological and disciplinary perspectives from across the humanities, social and natural sciences. Its members include internationally recognized scholars and practitioners drawn from diverse departments across Carnegie Mellon University and the broader Pittsburgh academic community.

Recent News

CEP Hosts Inaugural Workshop

4-5 November 2016

The Center for Ethics and Policy hosted its inaugural workshop on the topics of Exploitation and Coercion. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Alan Wertheimer's seminal work Exploitation, the CEP brought together experts from around the world for two days of thinking and talking about the theoretical underpinnigs of exploitation and coercion and implications for important current topics in applied ethics and policy. The Center was pleased to welcome Richard Arneson as its keynote speaker.

Global Pharmaceuticals

6 October 2016

CEP Director Alex London spoke at the Ethical Issues in Marketing Pharmaceuticals in Emerging Health Systems Conference at Seton Hall Law School, in a talk titled, "Sources of Ethical Responsibility for the Global Pharmaceutical Industry".

University Level Distinction

15 September 2016

CEP Faculty Member and Chair of Patient Care in the Department of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh was one of 13 Pitt faculty members honored with a Distinguished University Chair.

New Endowed Chair

12 September 2016

CMU Philosophy Department Head and CEP Faculty David Danks was named the L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology.