About the Collegium

The Collegium's Mandate

The York Collegium for Practical Ethics (YCPE) is an informal research group within McLaughlin College, York University's Public Policy College. One of the important functions of YCPE is to organize a lively seminar series that addresses issues related to practical ethics.

The YCPE also works with other organizations to organize workshops and conferences on practical ethics.

One of the Collegium's goals is to raise awareness of practical ethics and to facilitate the integration of ethics into the everyday life of the surrounding communities, including businesses, government, and the professions.

The forerunner of the Collegium was the York Centre for Practical Ethics, which operated from 1994 to 2013. The Centre was established in 1994 to further research in the field of practical ethics and to support the teaching of practical ethics at York University.

The library of practical ethics literature that was created by the York Centre for Practical Ethics was transferred to the Collegium and is housed in 026 McLaughlin College.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Ethical Theory/Practical Ethics
  • Ethical Politics
  • Legal and Judicial Ethics
  • Public Policy Ethics
  • Government Ethics
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Research and Academic Ethics
  • Ethics in International Relations
  • Teaching of Practical Ethics
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Healthcare Ethics

Governance: YCPE has an executive that reports to its members and affiliates and to the Master of McLaughlin College. As of August 1, 2016, the executive consists of Philip MacEwen, Naomi Couto, Ian Greene, Peter Constantinou, Gregory Levine, and Ian Stedman. During 2016-17, Philip MacEwen and Ian Stedman have volunteered to serve as co-coordinators.