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Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility


SMU Code of EthicsHere you will find links to publications, research, media and recommended readings that shape and define the Maguire Center. Please check back often as we are always updating our library of available documents.

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Since its inception, the Maguire Center has been dedicated to the support of faculty scholarship through the publication of books and occasional papers. By distributing this distinctive academic work to the broadest possible audience, we hope to extend the impact of the ethics scholarship being done at the center well beyond the academy walls.


Online resources have become increasingly significant sources of information and analysis in recent years.  In particular, primary sources that were once difficult to find in print are being digitized and posted on websites for easy access.  This is a wonderful development for students of ethics, but the exponential growth in online materials is not risk-free.  Secondary sources abound and can be useful starting places for research in an unfamiliar area, but they should seldom be relied upon in scholarly writing, and never when the author is not known and trusted.

Therefore, we offer links on our website with this caution: All electronic sources should be approached with discretion. 


Browse video clips related to the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Come back often to see the latest additions.


Trace the history of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility through the annual newsletter, Volumes 1-15, dating back to 1996 up until the most recent edition.

Recommended Readings

On our recommended readings page, you will find books by writers like Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli and Kant to guide you along your study of ethics.