• CSU
  • University of Melbourne


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.

Poverty Program:

    This program focuses on building an ethically and empirically based account of what development is, what standards it ought to use, and the like. Issues addressed include the measurement of poverty and global minimal labour standards.

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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CAPPE Canberra Seminar

Monday March 30, 2015 5.15pm

Dr Theron Pummer (Oxford/St Andrews)

'Whether and where to give' More

CAPPE Melbourne Seminar

Monday March 23, 2015 11.00am to 12.30pm

Professor Bertrand Gullarme (Universite' de Paris VIII)

'Towards procreative justice?' More

CAPPE Conference


Friday July 03, 2015 9.00am to 5.00pm

Human Enhancement: Destiny or Disaster? More





Dr Kylie Bourne

The umbrella revolution  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

Dr Stephen Clarke

Justifications for Religious Violence, ABC Riverina 'Mornings', radio interview  More

  Past media events

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centre of applied philosophers


The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate

By: Kleinig, J., Keller, S., Primoratz, I. More

Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCS) and the Quest for Accountability.

Eds: Kleinig, J., Andreopoulas, G. More

Upcoming book

Dr. Adam Henschke upcoming book will be published by Campbridge University Press (2016) and will be based on his CAPPE PhD. Titled 'Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Virtual Identities And Information' More


 New staff

We welcome Dr Kylie Bourne to our staff.

Kylie will be assisting Tom Campbell with his research on an ARC Discovery grant. Kylie will be with us for one year. More



New Taught Postgraduate Courses


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

Scholarships now available

No current scholarships available

Positions vacant

Research Associate in Bioethics and

Moral Psychology More

ProGReSS research project

Promoting Global Responsible Research and Social and Scientific Innovation
John Weckert, Emma Rush, Nick Evans  More


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.


who we are

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



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