The primary purpose of the Jann Benson Ethics Center is to assist undergraduates with their understanding of ethical issues and theories.  One way we do this is by discussing articles, ethical theories, or thought experiments that were presented in a philosophy classroom.  The idea is that center staff can supplement classroom content by explaining it in a different way than the student originally learned it, or simply by spending some extra one-on-one time with the student.

Another service The Center offers students is paper help.  Any philosophy major or undergraduate student in a philosophy course is encouraged to stop by The Center to discuss their philosophy paper.  We are happy to offer suggestions on how to write clearly and concisely, and on how to strengthen arguments.  Additionally, all students may print their philosophy paper in The Center free of charge.

Please feel free to drop by The Center to take advantage of the services listed above.  If you would prefer to make an appointment, or if you find The Center busy when you stop by, please call (970) 491-0876 to schedule one.

For faculty and graduate students, The Center hosts a work in progress series.  The purpose of the WIP is to share current work and to get constructive feedback from graduate students and faculty members in an informal setting, typically over pizza. Suitable presentations include, but are not limited to: potential thesis topics, thesis outlines, professional and graduate student conference paper topics/ideas, and/or current research projects or interests. Presentations may range in completion from the very early stages of brainstorming up to polished papers and may take the form of a talk, a summary of an outline, a set of rough, preliminary ideas or questions, etc. The idea is to share work at whatever stage of development and to improve it via discussion.

If you are interested in presenting at a work in progress session, please email Center Director Dr. Moti Gorin ( For all other questions or appointments, please contact Assistant Center Director Dr. Harold Gamble ( 

For general information, please visit, or just stop by The Center, located in the basement of Willard O. Eddy Hall, room 6.

The Ethics Center is online only for the rest of the semester. We still provide help for philosophy papers. Send your paper, paper assignment and specific questions you want answered. You might request help with a paper's thesis, a paper's arguments or any section of the paper you think problematic. We are not doing a just general review of papers. Ask for specific help.

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