The Ethics in Science and Religion research theme sponsors collaborative research across Harvard University and in collaborations with other scholars and institutions to discuss different questions related to sources of ethical thinking and to address some of the most pressing questions in relation to biomedical ethics and ethics of scientific and social science research. The program also sponsors research and teaching in moral philosophy and in religious ethics and in the history and development of ethics over time and in different parts of the world.
The Ethics theme sponsors lecture series, workshops and scholarly conversations that discuss specific themes and questions in addition to regular workshops and focus meetings that aim at providing policy recommendations at local, national and global levels.
Core research topics include:
- The role of religion and religious diversity in the making of medical ethics, with a focus on inter-religious dialogue in questions of global medical ethics.
- Religious environmental ethics and the development of environmental theologies across different religious and spiritual landscapes
- Investigation of the role of physicians and health practitioners as social leaders and how physicians function as social and religious leaders particularly in conflict zones and in impoverished territories and regions.