George Mason University charters the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the chartering of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University.  The institute, led by Mark Sagoff (Director) and Andrew Light (Associate Director), brings philosophical analysis – the examination of values and the clarification of concepts – to the discussion of pressing issues in public policy.  Institute members address moral, legal, and societal concerns that arise, for example, with emerging technologies, international development, and global demands for justice.  The concepts and values that frame arguments about public policy are often as important as the facts to which they respond.  Research at the institute will be conducted by resident scholars and interdisciplinary teams composed of historians, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists at Mason and other institutions around the world.  The institute has recently brought two new faculty to Mason – Erik Angner, who has been Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Economics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Gwynne Taraska, who is a recent PhD graduate in philosophy from the University of Washington in Seattle.  The institute will publish Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly and, in conjunction with the University of Colorado, Ethics, Policy, and Environment.

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