About the Prindle Institute

It’s hard to make sense of the moral complexities of personal, public, and professional life. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is committed to helping our local and global communities sort out and communicate their values. We provide distinctive opportunities that transform students and members of our community into engaged citizens who can identify and lead thoughtful discussions about ethical issues when they arise.

We want to inspire everyone to discuss the critical issues of our time in a deliberate way. No matter your path or place in life, we want to serve you. In addition to many ethics enrichment programs for DePauw students and faculty, the Prindle Institute offers a distinctive leadership development program that helps organizations cultivate in their members important moral reasoning skills.

Ethics Education for the Classroom

Our K-12 programming harnesses the power of narrative to create impactful content that equips students with the skills to talk about their own values, civilly engage in dialogue with their peers and recognize moral issues when they arise.

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What is Ethics?

The study of ethics is not about telling you what the rules are. Ethics is an exploration of questions about the nature of right and wrong. It’s about developing a thoughtful framework to help you decide what you should do when the answers aren’t clear. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is one of the largest collegiate ethics institutes in the country and is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the study of ethics — in all its facets.

Why study ethics?

Ethics Education

The Prindle Institute for Ethics offers engaging lessons, workshops and materials that teach your students the skills necessary to be strong moral reasoners. Whether you teach civics to 10th graders or have a classroom full of curious second graders, our free lessons introduce students to ethics and engage them on the key moral issues of our time.

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Teaching Children Philosophy

Interested in teaching philosophy and ethics to elementary school children? We’ve got over 200 discussion guides designed to help you introduce philosophy and ethics using popular children’s picture books. Each discussion guide will introduce educators to the key philosophical or ethical issues in the picture book. The guides also provide questions to help initiate a philosophical discussion with young children.

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2961 W County Road 225 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
P: (765) 658-4075



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Saturday-Sunday: closed

Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM