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Learn how ethics is part of our everyday lives by reading articles and stories that show ethical dilemmas are everywhere.

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute now accepting applications

Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

by Rob Peeler Dec 14, 2016
PIKSI 2017 Poster The online application for the 2017 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institutes is live! Check it out at and encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

Ask an Ethicist: Lost property on campus

by Rob Peeler Dec 05, 2016
Tom Sowerby This happens to all of us. For days, sometimes weeks, we may see a forgotten umbrella or other lost item sitting in the back of a classroom or office. After some time, many of us wonder if we could simply take that lost property. Is it ethical to take the lost property?

Idioms of Ethical Life

by Rob Peeler Dec 01, 2016
Founding director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Nancy Tuana, welcomes Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt to the Idioms of Ethical Life Conference at Penn State. Recently, the Rock Ethics Institute welcomed distinguished philosophers for the Idioms of Ethical Life Conference. The conference, which took place from October 28 - 29, 2016, was held to honor Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt’s contributions to the field of continental philosophy. Dr. Schmidt has taught philosophy and comparative literature in a variety of institutions including Villanova, SUNY- Birmingham, the University of Rome, and Penn State. He was very actively involved at the Rock Ethics Institute before taking his current position as a professor of philosophy at Western Sydney University.

Why a fractured nation needs to remember King’s message of love

by Rob Peeler Nov 16, 2016
The 2016 election campaign was arguably the most divisive in a generation. And even after Donald Trump’s victory, people are struggling to understand what his presidency will mean for the country. This is especially true for many minority groups who were singled out during the election campaign and have since experienced discrimination and threats of violence.

Denver Tang receives best paper award at international conference

by Rob Peeler Nov 08, 2016
Denver Tang awardDenver Award Certificate Denver Tang, Rock Ethics Institute Postdoctoral Scholar, received the Best Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Science, Technology and Education Policy in Hangzhou, China.

Ask an Ethicist: Can I practice interviewing during an actual interview?

by Rob Peeler Nov 03, 2016
Cassie Rosas Interviewing can be stressful and a common way to help become better at interviewing is practice. But what happens when someone uses actual interviews with companies they have no interest in to just practice? Is it ethical to take away these interview slots to just practice or are there better ways to handle this situation?

Civility at the core of American democracy, whatever politicians say

by Rob Peeler Feb 21, 2017
The Conversation Exceptions prove the rule. Extremes reveal what is indispensable. The phenomenon “Trump” is both an exception and an extreme: His brand of politics proves and reveals just how important democratic civility is to a vibrant democracy. As a philosopher who looks at the the ways in which emotions impact political freedom, I am interested in how humans have established civility and how we sustain and strengthen it in order to bequeath it to future generations of citizens.

4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference: Reconceptualizing Rural Contexts

by Rob Peeler Nov 02, 2016
Dr. Kimberly Pfeifer delivers a keynote address on mapping global food systemsFaculty and students participate in a Q&A session following a presentation On October 28th and 29th, 2016 Penn State’s Rural Sociology Graduate Association hosted the 4th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference at Penn State’s University Park campus. The conference provided workshops, keynote presentations, paper sessions, and networking opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students from Penn State and other institutions. We are excited to announce that this year’s conference nearly doubled its previous attendance. We had over 75 people register, from 10 different schools and organizations, with representatives from more than 15 departments and programs across the Penn State campus.

Nancy Tuana receives PA IPL 2016 Visionary Award

by Rob Peeler Nov 01, 2016
Nancy Tuana receiving Visionary Award Nancy Tuana, founding director of the Rock Ethics Institute and DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, received the 2016 Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Visionary Award for her work with climate change ethics.