Information and Resources on Applied Ethics
When philosophical theories and ideas are applied to real moral issues, the field of applied ethics arises.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy(IEP) is a  peer-reviewed academic resource base. The Applied Ethics page provides an overall introduction to the concept of Applied Ethics  and is a good starting point for studying Applied  Ethics.

Applied Ethics webpage introduces the concept of Applied Ethics and is a good starting point for readers of Applied Ethics.


Applied Ethics Resources on WWW was developed, funded, and maintained as a project of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. The website contains a variety of resources on Applied Ethics. The Ethics Web Bookstore , which is an online ethics bookstore, is also a project of this website. W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics is an interdisciplinary research unit within the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, at the University of British Columbia.

New Ethic: The Independent Ethics Site provides a broad range of resources on Applied Ethics. The website provides information on ethics, links to other ethics resources, and facilitates discussion on ethics. The mission of the site  is to work toward a worldwide consensus on what constitutes right conduct in the age of globalization when the concerns of each are becoming increasingly the business of all, and the failure to live at peace with one another can lead to a universal cataclysm.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers. The website provides links to many journals in several areas of philosophy, as well as archives and personal pages. The site also accepts articles directly from users, who can provide links or upload copies.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Applied Ethics webpage provides detailed  information on Applied Ethics and links to textbooks on Applied Ethics. is a worldwide ethics network based in Geneva, with an International Board of Foundation. The aim of is to  provide an electronic platform to ensure that people in all regions of the world are empowered to reflect and act on ethical issues. In order to ensure access to knowledge resources in Applied Ethics, has developed its library, the leading global digital library on ethics. In addition to the library, also offers the opportunity to join or form electronic working groups for purposes of networking or collaborative research.

Institutes on Applied Ethics

Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State aims to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.

Ethics Institute at Utrecht University aims to explore and clarify practical moral problems and to teach students how to reflect on the moral dimensions in their field of study. This involves both theoretical work in moral philosophy and applied studies. Our research focuses on the foundations of human rights, in particular the concepts of dignity and autonomy, on the methodology of ethics education, and on moral problems in public health, technology, and animal and environmental ethics.

Applied Ethics Institute, St. Petersburg College aims to promote ethics in education, business, professions, public service and society at large. The Institute prepares students for responsible and ethical citizenship, and informed and active participation in the business, professional, and global community.

Center for Ethics, Emory University exists to enrich moral imagination, to deepen the knowledge of ethics, to engage in scholarly research on ethics, and to encourage the practical application of ethical thinking in decision-making across the professions, in business, in politics, and in everyday life.

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is a leading academic center dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice through research, teaching, public service and public affairs. Founded in 1987, the Center is a part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Society for Applied Philosophy (SAP)was founded in 1982 with the aim of promoting philosophical study and research that has a direct bearing on areas of practical concern. It arose from an increasing awareness that many topics of public debate are capable of being illuminated by the critical, analytic approach characteristic of philosophy, and by direct consideration of questions of value. These topics come from a number of different areas of social life – law, politics, economics, science, technology, medicine and education are among the most obvious. The purpose of the SAP is foster and promote philosophical work that is intended to make a constructive contribution to problems in these areas. It does so through workshops, conferences, and lecture programmes.

Vanderbilt University Center for Ethics aims to promote increased attention on ethical issues and problems that people face in their everyday and professional lives. The Center is committed to helping identify and appreciate the values that guide individuals’ actions, that are formative of the different traditions, communities, and disciplines in which people encounter each other.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is a nationally recognized resource base  for analyzing real-world ethical issues and for developing tools and programs to address them. The Center supports research, assists faculty in integrating ethics into their courses, helps businesses, schools, hospitals, local governments, and other organizations to put ethics to work.

The Institute for Applied & Professional Ethics at the Ohio University aims to promote the application of techniques for making principled ethical decisions in an ever-changing world. Bringing together faculty from Ohio University’s Department of Philosophy, College of Business, and School of Journalism, the Institute: organizes workshops & seminars for students and professionals; supports graduate students in fields related to ethics; hosts conferences and symposia; sponsors visiting scholars and professionals and assists other organizations promoting ethical causes.

Applied Ethics Inc. is as a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, with the mission of seeking ethical solutions to significant social issues through projects, education, counseling, and advocacy.

Center for Ethics and Policy at the Carnegie Mellon University  is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to advancing Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy through the integration of first-quality theoretical reflection and a discerning engagement with the practical settings in which important ethical issues arise. The center focusses on advancing Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy through theory and engagement.

Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, provides leadership in 21st-century ethics education and research in the greater Charlotte region and beyond.  The center aims to engage students and faculty from the university’s colleges, departments, and programs in ethics related educational events, research collaborations, outreach activities, and increase awareness on and off campus of the ethical importance of public practices and policies.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at the Arizona State University  is focused on improving the ethical awareness and understanding and thereby the ethical decision making and behavior of the university community and extending to society at large.

Journals on Applied Ethics

Theoretical and Applied Ethics  is an e-journal designed to help showcase the most exciting work in philosophical ethics.  Theoretical & Applied Ethics is published by the Society for Moral Inquiry.  The journal is particularly interested in inter-disciplinary approaches in ethics, and papers that link ethics with other areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics or epistemology.

International Journal of Applied Philosophy is committed to the view that philosophy can and should be brought to bear upon the practical issues of life. Accordingly, this peer-reviewed journal publishes philosophical articles dealing with practical issues in business, education, the environment, government, health care, law, psychology, and science.

The Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics is the official journal of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics. It is published twice a year by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) is an Australian Research Council special research centre. CAPPE aims to combine frontier research in social and applied philosophy with close attention to the concrete problems and requirements of practitioners in the public sphere.

The Journal of Applied Philosophy is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for Applied Philosophy. It publishes work from across the world on all topics falling under the label ‘Applied Philosophy’, broadly interpreted. The Society for Applied Philosophy   aims to promote philosophical study and research that has a direct bearing on areas of practical concern.

Books on Applied Ethics

  • Moral Development in the Professions: Psychology and Applied Ethics-by James R. Rest(ISBN:9780805815399)
  • Applied Ethics (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)- by Peter Singer (ISBN: 9780198750673)
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Four-Volume Set- by Dan CallahanPeter Singer, and Ruth Chadwick  (ISBN: 9780122270659)
  • Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach- by Larry May, Kai Wong, and Jill Delston (ISBN:0205708080)
  • Everyday Morality: An Introduction to Applied Ethics- by Mike W. Martin (ISBN: 0495007080)
  • Metaethics, Normative Ethics, and Applied Ethics: Historical and Contemporary Readings- by James Fieser (ISBN: 0534573843)
  • Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant’s Practical Philosophy- by Matthew C. Altman (ISBN: 0470657669)
  • The Ford Pinto Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Business, and Technology- by Douglas Birsch and John H. Fielder (ISBN: 0791422348)
  • Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics- by Andrew I. Cohen and Christopher Heath Wellman(ISBN: 9781405115483)
  • Moral Dilemmas in Real Life: Current Issues in Applied Ethics- by Ovadia Ezra(ISBN:9781402041037)
  • Applied Ethics (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)- Collection of Articles (ISBN: 9780198750673)
  • New Waves in Applied Ethics- by Jesper RybergThomas Søbirk Petersen, and Clark Wolf(ISBN:0230537847)
  • Applied Ethics in a Troubled World- by Edgar MorscherOtto Neumaier, and Peter Simons (ISBN: 9780792349655)
  • Introducing Applied Ethics- by Brenda Almond (ISBN: 9780631193913)
  • A Companion to Applied Ethics- by Raymond Gillespie Frey (ISBN: 1405133457)
  • Applied Ethics: A Non-consequentialist Approach – by David S. Oderberg (ISBN: 0631219056)
  • Applied Ethics in American Society- by Diane Michelfelder Wilcox, William H. Wilcox, and Robert C. Solomon (ISBN 0155028596)
  • Applied Ethics: A Reader – by Earl Raye Winkler and  Jerrold R. Coombs (ISBN: 0631188339)