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Undergraduate Fellow, Nancy Ko, Named 2017 Rhodes Scholar

November 21, 2016

On Saturday, November 19, Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, announced the names of the thirty-two American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in some instances for four years.


Letter from the Director

September 22, 2016 

Welcome to the 30th anniversary year of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. A little more than thirty years ago, Harvard President Derek Bok sought to draw medical ethics, legal ethics, and business ethics closer to the world of philosophy. In 1986, the Center for Ethics and the Professions was born. Nurtured by its Founding Director, Dennis Thompson, it grew to embrace ethics and public affairs broadly. Read more

For the Record

October 14, 2016

‘For the Record’ is a new feature where our Fellows-in-Residence have a chance to present some research ideas informally, reflect on their experience at the Center, or report on Center events.

This month’s post is from Tongdong Bai, a professor of philosophy at Fudan University in China. He is a leading scholar on the intersection of eastern and western philosophical traditions and a Berggruen Fellow-in-Residence at the Center this year. His most recent book in English is China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom. In this post, Tongdong challenges you to consider how a Confucian approach to politics might offer a viable alternative to liberal democracy.  Read more

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