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Center for Applied Ethics

The Center for Applied Ethics is housed in the Department of Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach. Its goals are: to foster interdisciplinary work in practical ethics among faculty and students on the CSULB campus, to promote community awareness of ethical issues in practical settings, and to create an expanded array of educational offerings in applied ethics at CSULB.

The Center sponsors speakers, conferences, and projects on topics in applied ethics.

The Center is funded by a generous grant from the Andre Family Foundation. Many of our events are co-sponsored by the CSU Long Beach College of Liberal Arts.


Current Events:


Megs Gendreau (Cal Poly Pomona)
“Relocation, Climate Migration, and Justification”
3:30 pm • February 26, PH2 115

Meghan Masto (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania)
“Empathy, Autism, Psychopathy, and Right Action”
3:30pm • March 5, 2015 • PH2 115

Dale Dorsey (University of Kansas)
“A Good Death”
3:30pm • April 9, 2015 • VEC 113

Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna College)
4:00pm • April 24, 2015 • The Anatol Center
Prof. Martin’s presentation will be part of Philosophy Day 2015.


Past Events:


John Corvino (Wayne State University)
“The Definition of Marriage”
3:30pm • Feb 6, 2014 • Anatol Center

Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
“The Morality of the Death Penalty”
3:30pm • March 6, 2014 • LA5 165

Alida Liberman (Doctoral Candidate, USC)
“A Promise-Acceptance Model of Organ Donation.”
3:30pm • April 8, 2014 • LA5 154



H. E. Baber (University of San Diego)
“Freedom that Matters”
April 11, 2012 • 3:30-5:30 pm in LA2 109

Maria Svedberg (Doctoral Candidate, Stockholm University / UC Riverside)
“Free will and Determinism: David Lewis’s Local Miracle Compatibilism”
April 26, 2012 • 5:00-7:00 pm in LA1 301

David M. Adams (California Polytechnic University, Pomona)
“Fairness, Experimental Research, and the Desperately Ill”
May 10, 2012 • 5:00-7:00 pm in LA1 301



Steven Luper (Trinity University, San Antonio)
“Retroactive Harm”
February 17, 2011

Mohammed Abed (CSU Los Angeles)
“What is Genocide?”
February 24, 2011

Julie Tannenbaum (Pomona College)
“The Promise and Peril of the Pharmacological Enhancer Modafinil”
April 14, 2011



Michael Cholbi (California Polytechnic University, Pomona)
“A Direct Kantian Duty to Animals”
April 13, 2010

Noell Birondo (Claremont McKenna College)
“Environmental Ethics and the End of Nature”
April 22, 2010

Jens Johansson (Uppsala University)
“The Philosophy of Death”
May 13, 2010



Conference: “Ethical and Social Scientific Perspectives on Well-being”
Mar 5-7, 2009

  • Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma / George Mason University)
  • Daniel Haybron (St. Louis University)
  • Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)
  • Randy Larsen (Washington University – St. Louis)
  • J. D. Trout (Loyola Chicago)
  • Erik Angner (University of Alabama – Birmingham)
  • Georg Northoff (University of Magdeburg)
  • Golnaz Tabibnia (Carnegie Mellon)
  • MIchael Bishop (Florida State University)
  • Irving Biederman (USC)


Chris Heathwood (University of Colorado – Boulder)
“Personal Identity and Abortion”
Feb 21, 2008

Martin Gunderson (Macalester College)
“Enhancing Human Rights:
How the Use of Human Rights Treaties to Prohibit Genetic Engineering Weakens Human Rights”
Mar 13, 2008

Laurie Shrage (California Polytechnic University, Pomona)
“‘Pro-Choice or No-Choice’ … and Other Alternatives”
Nov 8, 2007

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego)
“The Ethics of Price Gouging”
with comments by Kathleen A. Lacey (CSULB, CBA)
Nov 14, 2007



Edward Stein (Cardozo School of Law, NYC)
“Etiology, Mutability, and the Law:
A Critique of Biological and Psychological Arguments
Concerning Lesbian and Gay Rights”
May 10, 2007

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego)
“Good Folk Gone Bad:
The Moral Psychology of Unethical Behavior at Work”
Nov 2, 2006



Clare Palmer (Washington University – St. Louis)
“Animals, Environmental Ethics, and the Importance of Context”
May 4, 2006

Dale Jamieson (NYU)
“The Heart of Environmentalism”
April 4, 2006

Conference: “Environmental Ethics, Aesthetics, and Education”
Jen Everett (Carleton College, Minn.)
Phil Cafaro (Colorado State University)
Ted Toadvine (University of Oregon)
Brian Treanor (Loyola Marymount University)



J. Angelo Corlett (San Diego State University)
“Was 9/11 Morally Justified?”
Mar 10, 2005

Amy Coplan (Cal State Fullerton)
“Caring About Characters: Four Determinants of Emotional Engagement
(Or, Why I Care More About President Bartlett than President Bush)”
Apr 20, 2005



Conference: “Race, Social Justice, and the Professions”
Naomi Zack (University of Oregon)
Jorge L.A. Garcia (Boston College)
Howard McGary (Rutgers University)
David Kim (University of San Francisco)
Feb 19, 2004



Conference: “The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning”
Carol Itatani (CSULB, Biology)
Mary Mahowald (University of Chicago)
Radhika Rao (Hastings College of Law)
Bonnie Steinbock (SUNY Albany, Philosophy)
Apr 5, 2003



Conference: “Challenging Democracy: Religious Diversity and Political Institutions on a Global Scale”
M. A. Muqtedar Khan (Adrian College, Political Science),
Matthius Lutz-Bachmann (Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt),
Andrew Wallace (Sonoma State University)
Mar 8, 2002



Conference: “Sequencing the Future:
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Arising from the Human Genome Project”

Troy Duster (University of California, Berkeley)
Erik Parens (Hastings Center)
Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University)
Apr 21, 2001

Conference: “Philosophy and Ethics in Children’s Literature”
Gareth Matthews (UMass Amherst)
Claudia Mills (University of Colorado, Boulder)
David Shapiro (University of Washington)
Dale Turner (California Polytechnic University, Pomona)
Jun 21, 2001

Michael Pritchard (Western Michigan University)
“Perception and Imagination in Engineering Ethics”
Nov 26, 2001

Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands)
“Rational Beings and Moral Agency in Xunzi”
Jun 16, 2001

Ann Davis (Pomona College)
“Running Faster but Moving Slower:
Information, Technology, and the Ambiguity of Progress”
Apr 12, 2000