Ethics in Public Life: A Framework for Analysis |

Ethics in Public Life: A Framework for Analysis


In this talk, Winston will recount the story of one of his HKS students (“Henry”) who faced a difficult ethical challenge in his professional practice in Singapore.  Although Henry is a doctor, not a public official, his story exemplifies how personal ideals can be challenged by professional norms and common understandings of what morality requires. In relating the story, Winston will present, in a very deliberate way, the framework that informs his approach to ethics in public life.  The framework makes clear how ethical conflicts can arise even for the most conscientious individual.  Managing multiple sources of obligation and commitment is a condition of effective moral agency in public life, and some do it better than others.


Kenneth Winston, Lecturer in Ethics; Faculty Chair, HKS Singapore Program; Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday, 16 January 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending at to avoid disappointment.

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