The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines.

All our activities are focused on four interrelated, substantive areas:

  • Bioethics, human dignity, and the human person
  • Professional ethics
  • Ethics in literature and the arts
  • Ethics, public policy, and the common good

Through research, teaching, service, and social engagement on these issues, the Center for Ethics and Culture strengthens Notre Dame’s Catholic character on campus and brings the university’s voice into the public discussion of the most vital issues of our day.  

Why Ethics and Culture?

We believe that underlying today’s modern ethical conflicts is a broader argument between complex traditions of moral thought and intellectual inquiry. Our approach to ethics, then, begins from the supposition that systematic and rational discussion of these problems must be rooted in traditions of thought and practice. Recognizing, too, that ethical issues are always in part a function of cultural formation, the Center for Ethics and Culture is interested in exploring in an interdisciplinary way the formative role and ethical implications of art, literature, music, media, technology, law, science, and politics in modern society.

As a traditions-based center committed to our Catholic intellectual heritage, we welcome engagement and dialogue with all moral traditions as we grapple with the most pressing and complex questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today.