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Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

George Mason University

Over 40 years of public philosophy

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, founded in 1976 by Peter Brown and Henry Shue, is one of the oldest research institutions in the United States providing expertise on the normative dimensions of public policy.

Policy innovation through normative analysis and

critical reflection.


Our projects contribute to innovative public policy solutions. 


We are an interdisciplinary scholarly team committed to public philosophy.



We publish Ethics, Policy, and Environment, and archive Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly.


Read our editorials, view our public event archive, and learn about our ongoing research.

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