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Panel explores moral philosophy outside the classroom

Feb. 14, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Moral philosophy outside academia will be examined in a panel discussion this month as part of the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society's spring season.

Titled "Ethics for Everyone: Taking Moral Philosophy Outside the Academy," the discussion begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Brown and Gold Room of the Bernhard Center and is free and open to the public.

Ethics plays a significant role within the University, including instruction, research by faculty, programming, compliance and codes of conduct. But how can it have an impact beyond university walls? The wide-ranging panel will explore this and many other questions.

Serving on the panel will be Drs. Michael Pritchard and Fritz Allhoff, WMU professor and associate professor, respectively, of philosophy; Dr. Jeff Dean, executive editor for academic and professional publishing giant Wiley-Blackwell; and Dr. Jesse Steinberg, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.

Dean has extensive publishing experience and has been very successful expanding traditional philosophical and ethical offerings to reach out to broader audiences, with his "Philosophy for Everyone" series being a prime example. Steinberg has undertaken various interdisciplinary ethics projects, ranging from the treatment of trauma patients to environmental ethics and sustainability. Pritchard and Allhoff have done work on research and technology ethics, respectively, both having impact outside the University.

For more information on the center and its spring series, visit wmich.edu/ethics.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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