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University Center for Human Values

Director

Charles R. Beitz

Executive Committee

Kwame Anthony Appiah, also Philosophy

Charles R. Beitz, Politics

Sandra L. Bermann, Comparative Literature

John M. Cooper, Philosophy

Marc Fleurbaey, also Woodrow Wilson School

Johann Frick, also Philosophy

Eric S. Gregory, Religion

Elizabeth Harman, also Philosophy

Melissa S. Lane, Politics

Stephen J. Macedo, also Politics

Jan-Werner Müller, Politics

Alan W. Patten, Politics

Philip N. Pettit, also Politics

Kim Lane Scheppele, also Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Peter A. Singer

Michael A. Smith, Philosophy

Faculty

Kwame Anthony Appiah, also Philosophy

Christopher L. Eisgruber, also Woodrow Wilson School

Marc Fleurbaey, also Woodrow Wilson School

Johann Frick, also Philosophy

Elizabeth Harman, also Philosophy

Stephen J. Macedo, also Politics

Philip N. Pettit, also Politics

Kim Lane Scheppele, also Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Peter A. Singer

Visiting Professor

Peter P. Brooks, also Comparative Literature

Quentin Skinner, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

Faculty Associate

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology 

Leora F. Batnitzky, Religion 

João G. Biehl, Anthropology 

Angus S. Deaton, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics 

Paul J. DiMaggio, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School 

Mitchell Duneier, Sociology 

Caryl Emerson, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature 

Susan T. Fiske, Psychology, Woodrow Wilson School

Daniel Garber, Philosophy 

Sophie G. Gee, English 

Robert P. George, Politics 

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Religion, African American Studies 

Gilbert H. Harman, Philosophy 

Hendrik A. Hartog, History 

Brooke A. Holmes, Classics

Mark Johnston, Philosophy 

Thomas P. Kelly, Philosophy 

Robert O. Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School 

David R. Leheny, East Asian Studies 

Thomas C. Leonard, Economics, Council of the Humanities

Douglas S. Massey, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology 

Sarah E. McGrath, Philosophy 

Alexander Nehamas, Philosophy, Comparative Literature 

Guy J. Nordenson, Architecture 

Jeff E. Nunokawa, English 

Joyce Carol Oates, Lewis Center for the Arts, Creative Writing 

Serguei Oushakine, Anthropology, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Deborah A. Prentice, Psychology, Woodrow Wilson School

Gideon A. Rosen, Philosophy 

Rahul Sagar, Politics 

Harold T. Shapiro, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics 

Anna B. Stilz, Politics 

Jeffrey L. Stout, Religion 

Robert J. Wuthnow, Sociology 

Sits with Committee

Victoria McGeer, University Center for Human Values


The University Center for Human Values fosters interdisciplinary study of ethical and evaluative issues in private and public life. One of its activities within the undergraduate curriculum is to cosponsor courses with departments and programs. The center encourages students to supplement their disciplinary concentrations with a set of these courses, which address fundamental questions about the meaning and value of human life and the ethical relationships of individuals and societies.

The University Center for Human Values assists faculty members in developing new courses and revising existing courses, supplements the offerings of the freshman seminars program, and sponsors occasional lectures and colloquiums on human values to which students, along with faculty and other members of the Princeton University community, are invited. The center awards senior thesis prizes to seniors who have written outstanding theses in the area of ethics and human values. Departments are invited to nominate their best thesis in this area.

The University Center for Human Values is also the home for the undergraduate certificate Program in Values and Public Life, which focuses on modes of inquiry into important ethical issues in public life.

The center was created in 1990 with an endowment by Laurance S. Rockefeller '32.

The undergraduate courses listed below, some of which are sponsored or cosponsored by the center, examine issues involving human values from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Freshman Seminars in the Residential Colleges. Each year the University Center for Human Values sponsors several freshman seminars in the residential colleges. For a list of the current seminars, please check the freshman seminars website.

For information about courses relevant to the study of human values, visit the center's website.


Courses


CHV 202 Introduction to Moral Philosophy (see PHI 202)

CHV 212 The Psychology of Moral Behavior (see PSY 212)

CHV 214 The Other Side of Rome (see CLA 214)

CHV 261 Christian Ethics and Modern Society (see REL 261)

CHV 301 Ethics and Public Policy (see WWS 370)

CHV 306 Democratic Theory (see POL 306)

CHV 307 The Just Society (see POL 307)

CHV 309 Political Philosophy (see PHI 309)

CHV 310 Practical Ethics (also PHI 385)   Not offered this year EM

Should we be sharing our wealth with people who will otherwise die from poverty-related causes? Is abortion wrong? Does a human embryo have a greater claim to protection than a chimpanzee? Are we justified in eating animals? Can the traditional doctrine of the sanctity of human life be defended? When should a nation go to war? And why should we act ethically, anyway? Students will be encouraged to question their own ethical beliefs on these and other issues, and in the process to explore the extent to which reason and argument can play a role in everyday ethical decision-making. Two lectures, one preceptorial. P. Singer

CHV 311 Systematic Ethics (see PHI 307)

CHV 313 Global Justice (see POL 313)

CHV 319 Normative Ethics (see PHI 319)

CHV 321 Ethical and Scientific Issues in Environmental Policy (also ENV 321/WWS 371)   Fall EM

This course will discuss policy issues relating to the environment, using several case studies to provide a deeper understanding of the science and values involved. P. Singer, D. Wilcove

CHV 330 Greek Law and Legal Practice (see CLA 330)

CHV 331 Ethics and Public Health (also WWS 372)   Spring EM

This course will examine issues at the intersection of ethics, policy, and public health, paying particular attention to the centuries-long tension between individual rights and the common good. Ethical arguments are increasingly visible in public health activities in the United States and worldwide, demonstrating the continued relevance of long-standing debates over the proper role of government in promoting the health of individuals and communities. The course will explore ethical, historical, and policy aspects of public health activities, and it will consider the relationship between public health ethics and bioethics. J. Schwartz

CHV 335 Greek Ethical Theory (see PHI 335)

CHV 345 Ethics and Economics (see ECO 385)

CHV 351 The Enlightenment in France (see FRE 351)

CHV 364 Sociology of Medicine (see SOC 364)

CHV 375 Clues, Evidence, Detection: Law Stories (also COM 392/ENG 379)   Spring EM

The seminar will look at stories in the law and about the law: court cases that turn on competing versions of a story, and how narrative "conviction" comes about, as well as fictional and non-fiction accounts of mystery, crime, investigation, and detection in literature and film. The course will introduce students to some issues in criminal law and procedure as well as to the analysis of narrative. P. Brooks

CHV 380 Explaining Values (see PHI 380)

CHV 390 The Ethics of Love and Sex (also PHI 390/GSS 391)   Spring EM

An examination of the moral principles governing love and sex. Questions to be addressed include: Do we ever owe it to someone to love him or her? Do we owe different things to those we love? Do we owe it to a loved one to believe better of him than our evidence warrants? What is consent, and why is it morally significant? Is sex between consenting adults always permissible, and if not, why not? Are there good reasons for prohibiting prostitution and pornography? Everyone has opinions about these matters. The aim of the course is to subject those opinions to scrutiny. E. Harman

CHV 419 Seminar in Normative Ethics (see PHI 419)

CHV 466 Foundations of the Modern State (also POL 466/HIS 466)   Fall EM

The course will examine the evolution of western thinking about the modern concept of the state. The focus will be on Renaissance theories (Niccolo Machiavelli; Thomas More); absolutist theories (Thomas Hobbes); theories about `free states' (James Harrington, John Locke); and republican theories from the era of the Enlightenment (Jean-Jacques Rousseau; The Federalist). Q. Skinner

CHV 470 Comparative Constitutional Law (see WWS 313)