LSU Ethics Institute

Ethics Institute

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Ethics Institute events for Spring 2021 will be held via Zoom. Please check back here for a list of events and email to get on our mailing list. Thank you for your support. *

We aim to transform the study of ethics by supporting faculty and student research, to engage students and faculty across the University in meaningful conversations about ethics, and to inspire our students and our communities to practice and promote ethical leadership throughout their daily lives.

“… the good for man is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or if there are more kinds of virtue than one, in accordance with the best and most perfect kind.” --Aristotle

“Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law.” --Immanuel Kant

“The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest-Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.”

-- John Stuart Mill

“Caring requires paying attention, seeing, listening, responding with respect. Its logic is contextual, psychological. Care is a relational ethic, grounded in a premise of interdependence. But it is not selfless.”

-- Carol Gilligan

“Arguments for preservation based on the beauty of wilderness are sometimes treated as if they were of little weight because they are 'merely aesthetic.' That is a mistake."

--Peter Singer

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