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Forty-five years of leadership
in ethics for a complex world.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University helped to invent the field of bioethics, beginning a tradition of creative leadership in practical ethics that continues into the twenty-first century.

Recent News

July 8, 2020

KIE Scholars React to COVID-19

Our scholars are working with other leading experts to help provide ethical guidance in high-level healthcare policies and in day-to-day life during the COVID-19 pandemic. A sample of their direct public engagement can be found here.

June 15, 2020

Acting Director’s Statement on Race, Trust, and Biomedical Ethics

Read KIE Acting Director Dr. Daniel Sulmasy’s statement on Race, Trust, and Biomedical Ethics

March 11, 2020

KIE Update Regarding COVID-19

Georgetown University is moving all classroom instruction for all of our schools to virtual learning environments, beginning March 16 2020.

February 25, 2020

KIE Scholar Publishes Introductory Bioethics Book

Dr. Robert M. Veatch, Senior Research Scholar at the KIE and Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics at Georgetown, has published a fourth edition of “The Basics of Bioethics.”

February 12, 2020

Philosophy Takes On BoJack Horseman

Dr. Quill R. Kukla, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, is taking an unusual path to engaging students to introductory philosophical concepts in her course Intro to Philosophy via BoJack Horseman in summer 2020.

February 5, 2020

Decades Later, Bioethics Research Library Still Going Strong

From the beginning the Bioethics Research Library was revolutionary in helping establish the resources for the cross-disciplinary field of bioethics.

January 27, 2020

Dr. Quill R. Kukla Awarded Humboldt Prize

Dr. Quill R. Kukla, Senior Research Scholar at The Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, is one of 2019’s awardees of the Humboldt Research Award.

May 6, 2020

KIE Hosts Webinar on COVID-19 & Global Bioethics

Our webinar turns the focus of discussion toward concerns raised by the COVID-19 / new corona virus pandemic for the people outside the Global North.

March 23, 2020

KIE Mourns the Loss of Senior Research Scholar Fr. John Langan

Fr. John Langan, SJ, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, passed away on March 20, 2020. He was 79.

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