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Markkula Center

The Conscience Project

Consulting with your inner moral core

Follow your conscience. That's often the advice people give when you face a difficult ethical decision. But what happens when your personal conscience is in conflict with the guidance from institutions you respect, such as the law or your religion?

This year, the Ethics Center is exploring our inner moral core as we confront contemporary challenges. Through a lecture series, The Conscience Project: Moral Choices in a Changing World, the Center is examining the role of conscience in business, education, technology, and other fields.

Highlights have included:

  • Former member of the President's Council on Bioethics William Hurlbut on embryonic stem cell research
  • George Lucas of the Naval Postgraduate School on robot morality
  • Philosopher and biologist Francisco Ayala on whether evolution is compatible with conscience

ConsienceWe are fortunate to present these speakers in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Mike and Phyllis Shea (pictured left).  

It's not too late to join in the dialogue on this important subject. Future talks will look at whether corporations have a conscience, how teachers foster conscience in the classroom, and whether Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, was acting in good conscience.


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