Ethics/Religion and Society Program
The Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Program realizes Xavier University's Catholic and Jesuit mission by providing opportunities for the ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. E/RS promotes critical attention to the philosophical and theological implications of social problems, encourages attention to questions of peace and justice, and promotes compassionate solidarity and service.
The Ethics/Religion and Society Program sponsors visiting speakers and community roundtables. The theme of our current Distinguished Speakers Series is Imagining the Human Future: Contemporary Challenges and Ethical Resources.
Xavier University's core curriculum includes the Ethics/Religion and Society Focus. The goal of this sequence of courses is to foster students' understanding of socially significant issues from the perspectives of the humanities, especially literature, philosophy, and theology, as well as the social and natural sciences. The Focus is comprised of four courses:
- Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy
- Theological Foundations
- Literature and the Moral Imagination
- An elective course concerned with the ethical and/or religious dimensions of socially significant issues.
The Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society is held by a visiting professor who focuses on socially significant issues.
The E/RS Focus has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the McGregor Fund, and the John Templeton Foundation.