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

Experts Discuss Ethical, Social and Policy Issues of Artificial Intelligence

10 May 2018

Center faculty member David Danks served as co-chair for the first Carnegie Mellon University - K&L Gates Conference on Ethics and AI.

Cancer centers sell out science when they advertise clinical trials as treatment

25 April 2018

Center Director Alex London co-authored an article on advertising clinical trials, arguing that such messaging is not only misleading but also undermines the very norms of science that clinical trials — and cancer centers themselves — are supposed to advance.

From Automation to Autonomy and the Ubiquity of Moral Decision Making

13 April 2018

Center Director Alex London gave a talk at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kevin Zollman Receives Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship

4 April 2018

Center faculty member Kevin Zollman received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. The two-year, $190K award will enable Zollman, a philosopher and game theory expert, to study behavioral and complexity economics.