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The Parr Center for Ethics has proudly served as Carolina’s focal point for inquiry into and discussion of ethical questions since 2004. The mission of the Parr Center is to nourish and foster ethical reflection and moral sensitivity on campus and beyond, guided by the conviction that ethics is everywhere. The Parr Center is committed to integrating abstract work in ethical theory with thoughtful, informed exploration of ethical issues important to the University and the communities it serves. The Parr Center is housed physically and administratively within UNC’s Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

The Parr Center sees ethical reflection as a pervasive element of human life that is relevant to all fields of endeavor and at all stages of the lifespan. In keeping with its dual mission to nourish and foster ethical reflection on campus and beyond, the Parr Center offers both i) a rich menu of programming aimed mainly at campus (University) constituencies, and ii) a range of activities designed to encourage and enhance ethical reflection by participants outside the University. In particular, the Parr Center:

 

The Parr Center and its programs have won the American Philosophical Association and Philosophy Documentation Center Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs three times (in 2008, 2014, and 2021).

 

 

 

Recent News


Prinzing & Vazquez Awarded APA Grant


The team has been awarded an American Philosophical Association grant for research on the impact of philosophy education.

Recap: 2024 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl


On January 27, the Parr Center was proud to host the 2024 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl. The event brought together 23 teams of students from all across our state to discuss tough ethical issues and questions.

Chapel Phil Podcast Drops New Episodes & Submits to NPR


Chapel Phil, the center's student-run philosophy podcast, releases three episodes on gun control, AI technology in the classroom, and twin births. They also submit a portion of the episodes to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.

Faculty Fellow Rebecca Walker on Animal Ethics


Parr Center Faculty Fellow Rebecca Walker speaks with Vox's Today, Explained host Noel King about the ethics of a potential new drug aiming to increase dog life expectancy.

Parr Center Team Awarded Templeton Grant


The Parr Center has been awarded a multi-year Templeton Foundation grant for "Applied Research on Intellectual Humility"

Richardson on Workplace Dialogue and Disagreement


Dr. Alex Richardson speaks with former Ethics Bowl Organizer, Merry Brown, about the nature and value of dialogue and disagreement in workplaces.

 

 

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