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Technologies Program:

This program deals with risks and responsibilities relating to research into technologies that combine with or add to existing technologies, including ethical issues in bio/nanotechnology, computing and IT.

Health Program:

This program will conduct research in relation to a range of interconnected ethical issues in the public health domain.

Ecology Program:

This program examines a range of issues in environmental ethics, including ethical issues related to existing and potential anthropogenic climate change.

Economy Program:

This program focuses on a number of central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere, including corporate responsibility and economic corruption.

Security Program:

This program focuses on the ethical dimensions of a range of current domestic and international security problems, including ethical issues pertaining to terrorism, crime, and humanitarian intervention.


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23-24 November 2015

The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University) will host a conference on conscientious objection in medicine and the role of conscience in healthcare practitioners' decision making.

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Symposium: Rationality, Agency and Responsibility in Social Groups

13 November 2015

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Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster?

The conference talks are now live

Other CAPPE Events

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Dr Alberto Giubilini

Australian Government policy on vaccination exemption and childcare benefits   More

Dr Kylie Bourne

The umbrella revolution  More

The value of foreign aid  More

Professor Seumas Miller

Institutional Corruption and The Capital Markets  More

Fixing the Fix - Benchmark Reform and the Future of Financial Regulation  More

Designing-in-Ethics: A Compulsary Retirement Savings System  More

Dr Stephen Clarke

On Religious Violence, ABC Western Plains 'Mornings', radio interview  More

Past media events


Scholarship in Applied Philosophy

CAPPE invites applications for a Higher Degree by Research scholarship, to commence in 2016.

Applications for this scholarship are invited in areas of CAPPE’s research specialisation. These areas include bioethics; ethical issues related to public health; criminal justice ethics; political ethics, including the ethics of conflict and ethical issues pertaining to domestic and international security or crime; environmental ethics and justice; ethics and technology; issues of applied epistemology, including those pertaining to investigative practice or policy or to data analysis; and issues of group agency and responsibility and their practical application(s).

The closing date for scholarship applications is 31 January 2016.


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Upcoming Book

Dr. Adam Henschke upcoming book will be published by Cambridge University Press (2016) and will be based on his CAPPE PhD.

Book titled: 'Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Virtual Identities And Information' Discover more

Released Publications

Ethics of patriotism.

Book titled:"The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate"
Written by: Kleinig, J., Keller, S.,Primoratz, I. Discover more

Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCS) and the Quest for Accountabilit

Book titled: "Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCS) and the Quest for Accountability"
Eds: Kleinig, J., Andreopoulas, G. Discover more


New Taught Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate Programs

CAPPE's unique Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics) is designed for those working in government, industry and the professions, and is a pathway to a Ph.D. in Professional and Applied Ethics.

The program is available to students worldwide via online delivery or in person in Canberra and Melbourne. More

CAPPE can also provide supervision to PhD, MPhil and MA by research students across a wide range of topics. More

ProGReSS research project

Promoting Global Responsible Research and Social and Scientific Innovation

John Weckert, Emma Rush, Nick Evans  More

Promoting Global Responsible Research and Social and Scientific Innovation


who we areThe Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics is one of the world's largest concentrations of applied philosophers. Our purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with policy input, community discussion, and professional aims. Click here for information concerning our academic staff. Click here for information concerning our international collaborations.


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John Weckert and Richard Lucas. Professionalism in the Information and Communication Technology Industry More


John Kleinig, et al. Professional Police Practice More

Stephen Clarke et al. Religion, Intolerance and Conflict More


ERC research grant awarded to Professor Seumas Miller More

ARC Discovery Grant Dr. Stephen Clarke et al. Conscience and conscientious objection in health care More

ARC Discovery Grant Prof Greg Restall Meaning in Action—new techniques for language, logic and information More

ARC Discovery Grant Mr Andrew Alexandra et al. Virtuous Practitioners More

ARC Discovery Grant Dr Stephen Clarke, Prof Tony Coady et al. Moral Conservatism More