The Centre for Research on Ethics at the University of Montreal (CREUM), founded in 2002 by Daniel Weinstock, was transformed in 2014 into an inter-university research centre, the Centre for Research on Ethics (CRE). From 2014 to 2021, the Centre was directed by Christine Tappolet; since January 2022, the co-directors are Ryoa Chung (Université de Montréal) and Kristin Voigt (McGill University).
The CRE is a place of meeting and interaction for researchers interested in ethics. It is correspondingly a center of excellence for the supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on topics related to its mission. The CRE supports collaborations at national and international levels. It also ensures that the results of the research produced under its auspices are used to guide the discussion in civil society and to guide policy making.
The CRE pursues its objectives of fostering and organizing intellectual activity in the field of ethics by giving itself the following mandates:
- To contribute to the advancement of both fundamental and applied research in ethics from an interdisciplinary perspective, including such disciplines as philosophy, political science, biology, sociology, geography, ecology, medicine, law, and economics.
- To organize the research activities of regular members and collaborators, associated and invited researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and affiliated students on questions comprising important ethical dimensions, with a view to furthering knowledge.
- To be an outstanding place for welcoming, guiding, and training its postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
- To establish and maintain collaborative relationships with researchers and research institutions with an interest in ethics, both within Quebec and abroad.
To promote the dissemination of ethical studies beyond the university sphere by contributing to public debates on various social issues.