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Bart Schultz
Executive Director of the Civic Knowledge Project
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Bart Schultz is Senior Lecturer in Humanities (Philosophy) and Executive Director of the Civic Knowledge Project (CKP), a program in the Office of Civic Engagement. He has been teaching in the College at the University of Chicago since 1987, designing a wide range of core courses as well as courses on Philosophy and Public Education, Consequentialism, The Philosophy of Poverty, John Dewey, The Chicago School of Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophies of Environmentalism and Sustainability, Happiness, and Teaching Precollegiate Philosophy (a course with an experiential learning component). He has also published widely in philosophy, and his books include Essays on Henry Sidgwick (Cambridge, 1992), Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe (Cambridge, 2004, winner of the American Philosophical Society's Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History for 2004), Utilitarianism and Empire (Lexington, 2005), and The Happiness Philosophers: Lives and Works of the Great Utiilitarians (Princeton, 2017). He is on the Editorial Board of Utilitas, the leading professional journal of utilitarian studies, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO--see ). Through the Civic Knowledge Project (CKP), he has developed a number of public ethics programs affording rich opportunities for UChicago students, staff, and faculty to get involved in educationally relevant ways with the communities on Chicago's mid-South Side. The CKP is particularly involved in designing and running philosophy programs for disadvantaged adults and for underserved public elementary and middle school students in the neighborhoods near the University of Chicago, and its Winning Words precollege philosophy program won the 2012 American Philosophical Association's PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs (see

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