Welcome to the new Center for Public Philosophy at UCSC. Here are some of the things we are doing:

HIGH SCHOOL ETHICS BOWL

Teams from high schools across Northern California debate a wide range of contemporary ethical questions in competitions scored by judges from the community and university.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Assorted programs engage local communities in sustained philosophical discussion, including at elderly centers, correctional facilities, and K-12 classrooms.

THE LANGUAGE OF CONSERVATION

Led by conservation biologist Claudio Campagna and philosopher Daniel Guevara, this team critically interrogates the foundations of the dominant ethical discourse in nature conservation, and seeks to engage with a broad range of academics, scientists, activists, educators, religious leaders, and public policy makers in search of a language of the value of nature that will  foster radical change in how humanity conceives of the value of life itself, in all its diverse forms.

CONTEMPLATIVE PEDAGOGY

Faculty and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences at UC Santa Cruz investigate the promise of the contemplative traditions for navigating an array of persistent challenges in public education.

Director: Jonathan Ellis

Assistant Director: Kyle Robertson

This site is under construction. More info coming soon. 

For more information, please send an email to: kxrobert@ucsc.edu