Exploration of Practical Ethics - Call for Proposals

The JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Call for Proposals aims to stimulate innovative work in practical ethics by Hopkins faculty members. Practical ethics is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions, and in society. This field encompasses a wide range of areas and topics in artistic endeavors, biological sciences, biomedical research, business, clinical practice, education, engineering, health care, human interactions with non-human animals and the natural environment, the humanities, international relations, the natural sciences, public health, public policy, and the social sciences.

The deep disciplinary expertise at Johns Hopkins University, combined with a desire to address some of the world’s most vexing social and ethical challenges, provides a unique environment in which to forge new understandings and new solutions in the realm of practical ethics. Within the University, the Berman Institute of Bioethics was established to address ethical challenges in clinical care, public health and health policy, and biomedical science.

The University now seeks to develop the interest and capability of Hopkins faculty to engage with other areas of practical ethics that lie outside the scope of bioethics or reach beyond it to where pressing ethical issues and challenges also abound. The JHU Provost and President, the Director of the Berman Institute, and the Deans of six University divisions – the Carey School of Business, the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the Peabody Institute, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the School of Education, and the Whiting School of Engineering – have allocated funds to support a set of pilot activities on practical ethics within and across these divisions. These funds have been matched by a gift from University Trustee Andreas Dracopoulos.

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Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officer, Maria Merritt, Associate Professor in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, at practicalethics@jhu.edu.