What is Ethics?

Even good people can be better

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?

Even if you have a good sense of your own value system, studying ethics can help you in significant ways. Studying ethics will improve your ability engage in difficult moral dialogue with people who have different perspectives from you. It will help you live consistently with your values and think reflectively about those values as you learn more about the world and your place in it. Even good people can be better, and studying ethics can help you with that.

But there are also practical reasons to study ethics. Studies show that people who study ethics have a significant advantage in the workplace — one of many career-oriented reasons to consider making the study of ethics a part of your collegiate life. Find out more about how ethics can enrich your life by exploring our site or reaching out to us. We’d love to start a conversation with you.

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