Established in 2001, The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs coordinates and supports research and sociology 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, 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.