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The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

Established in 2001, The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs coordinates and supports research and discussion of ethics and public affairs.

It draws from a number of fields overlapping fields, including moral and political philosophy, normative and applied ethics,  moral psychology, political theory, and legal theory. At the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, faculty, students, and visitors broadly examine critical issues of right and wrong, justice and injustice, citizenship and community.

To provide part of the advanced research infrastructure that attracts and rewards outstanding faculty and graduate students, the Center funds both a Visiting Faculty Fellowship program and a Graduate Fellowship program.


The Center for Ethics hosts an annual Faculty Seminar where the Center's Faculty Fellows and guest speakers present papers to faculty and graduate students, and receive feedback on their research-in-progress. 

The Center also sponsors a popular public lecture series as well as scholarly conferences

The Center sponsors two conferences that support publications.  The Center's annual PPE conference, organized by the editors of the journal PPE: Politics, Philosophy and Economics, generates articles for the journal.   

The Center also sponsors a  biennial conference,  NOWAR (New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility),  organized by Professor  David Shoemaker,  which provides papers for Oxford University Press book series, Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility.


During its three-year start-up phase, the Center was funded partly with grant support from the bequest that Tulane University received from the estate of Lallage Feazel Wall. It is now fully funded by the Tulane Murphy Foundation.

Faculty Fellowships 2018-2019

The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University invites applications for three Visiting Research Professorships/Faculty Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs encourages teaching and research on ethics, in moral and political philosophy, and in public life and the professions. The Center’s Graduate Fellowships support outstanding Tulane graduate students in these fields.

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Chris Heathwood - 2017-2018 CEPA Faculty Fellow - The Murphy Institute

Faculty Spotlight

Chris Heathwood

2017-2018 CEPA Faculty Fellow

Chris Heathwood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Heathwood received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2005. His research interests include Ethical Theory (with an emphasis on well-being and metaethics), Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion. His work has appeared in a variety of prestigious scholarly journals and collected volumes, including Analysis, Philosophical Studies, and Oxford Studies in Metaethics. During his tenure at the Murphy Institute, Professor Heathwood will be working on a project titled “Well-Being and Desire.”

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.