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Tag: McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University


Preparation for democratic citizenship demands humanities education, not just STEM.

Danielle Allen

The United States will lose the war for control of the Middle East.

Stephen Kinzer, Andrew J. Bacevich

School reform is failing America's children.

Rob Reich


A minimally acceptable ethical life involves using a substantial part of one’s spare resources to make the world a better place.

Peter Singer
 Ethicists, economists, and others have developed a set of useful tools for deciding what to do when economic, environmental, and social values conflict. 
Hyunseop Kim, Blake Francis, Mark Budolfson, Debra Satz

In his Arrow Lecture, Anthony Atkinson asks what can be learned from historical experience and from economic models of the generation of inequality.

Anthony Atkinson

Elizabeth Anderson discusses her Wesson Lecture on slavery, emancipation and equality with BR Co-Editor Joshua Cohen and historian David Hollinger.

David Hollinger, Joshua Cohen, Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson visits Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society to discuss objections to slavery and their implications for our understanding of equality.

Elizabeth Anderson

Stanford's Rob Reich examines the role of foundations in democratic societies—the subject of his Boston Review forum essay What Are Foundations For?

Rob Reich


The philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It's time to move past blame.

Barbara H. Fried

The Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University has partnered with Boston Review to share content from its fellows and guest lecturers.

Deborah Chasman

We should examine the potential of online learning with an open mind.

Rob Reich


The modern foundation is an institutional oddity in a democracy. A democratic society is committed to the equality of citizens, but foundations are the voice of plutocracy.
Rob Reich

An Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar on extreme moral virtue.

David V. Johnson

Emmanuel Saez and David Grusky discuss why taxation, though a blunt instrument, might be the best available solution.

Emmanuel Saez, David B. Grusky

Writers of the Gilded Age unsettled the comfortable relations between failure and poverty, wealth and success.

Gavin Jones

The writers—including Nobel Laureate in Economics Kenneth Arrow and bestselling authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich—lay out what our country’s principles are, whether we’re living up to them, and what can be done to bring our institutions into better alignment with them.

Doug McAdam, Debra Satz, Rob Reich, David B. Grusky

There was a time when Americans valued "competency" over riches and saw wealth as the cause of poverty.

Richard White

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