About the Center

What is Ethics?

Ethics is the field of understanding human behavior in relation to values. Ethicists carefully and critically explore how we think about and determine right and wrong and analyze the standards and motivations that govern personal and group action.

Ethics forms the basis of almost all personal decision-making, whether we are aware of it or not. The same is true of decision-making in professional life, including business, law, and medicine; in civil and political life; and in questions of social justice.

Emory University Center for Ethics

An international leader in the exploration of ethics, the Emory Center for Ethics is dedicated to exploring how ethical issues underlie the decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society. To do so, scholars from across the university gather at the Center to collaborate and study. The Center also hosts public programs, partners and consults with private and public community organizations, and teaches students at every level of university life. The Center is committed to asking tough questions and developing strategies to help enable people and organizations put ethics into practice.

Center for Ethics 2016-2021 Strategic Plan