Research Initiatives

The Moral Theory Project

The Moral Theory Project is our first research initiative, directed by Dr. Deborah Goldgaber, Philosophy Department. Moral theory encompasses a broad range of potential research, including metaethics, normative ethics, cognitive development, empathy, and applied ethics. Dr. Goldgaber is gathering a group of interested LSU faculty from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, political science, psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology. They will meet in the spring semester, 2019, to discuss potential research projects in moral theory at LSU, individual or collaborative.  If you are interested, please contact us at

Research and Teaching Seminars

Research and teaching seminars are a relatively new venture for the Ethics Institute. The seminars are discipline-specific and ethics-focused presentations for smaller, specific audiences of faculty and graduate students. The Ethics Institute is available to collaborate with interested departments. Faculty are welcome to propose ideas or speakers and the Institute will help to organize these gatherings. Resources are available for expenses. For more information or to propose an idea, please e-mail us at

Faculty Research Awards

Faculty Research Awards in the Moral Theory Project. Research awards are available on a competitive basis and may include a summer research grant or a reduced teaching buyout, assuming in the latter case, that the faculty member’s department and college are amenable. Applications will be evaluated by the Director and a subcommittee of the Advisory Board. Collaborative applications are encouraged. Please use the following on-line application for the Moral Theory Project Research Awards:

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