CAPPE

  • CSU
  • University of Melbourne

CURRENT RESEARCH

Economics and Innovation

The program focuses on central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere. These include the justice of national and global economic arrangements, such as taxation, fiscal, labour and property law, and financial and trading regimes. Specific areas include markets in education and the economics of climate change. The program also examines corporate responsibilities in the spheres of finance, profitability, sustainability and human rights, and distributive justice. It aims to make a major contribution to the ethical understanding of innovation and technology. Program members realize that technical, scientific, legal and social science expertise is vital, and work with practitioners in the relevant professions.

Environment

Research in this program examines a range of issues that arise from the nature and value of the natural, and also the artificial environment, and our relationship with them. These include issues of justice and responsibility in relation to possession of, access to, and exploitation of land, water, and other (renewable and non-renewable) natural resources, ethical issues in climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those involving geo-engineering, and the human role in the anthropocene. 

Health

This program addresses issues in bioethics, healthcare ethics, and public health ethics. This includes conceptual work on the ethics of procreation, the ethics of providing medical treatment to vulnerable groups such as children, dual use issues in the biological sciences, and the distinction between medical treatment and human enhancement. It also includes work on practical ethical issues arising in healthcare, including moral and regulatory challenges of experimental therapies, difficulties facing medical research ethics committees, and the problem of determining when conscientious objections are legitimate in healthcare.

Security

This program addresses a variety of conceptual and practical ethical issues that are generated for the most part by the phenomena of war, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, crime and corruption. These include the nature and application of Just War Theory, morality and self-defense, principles of criminal liability, justification for police use of force, ethics of counter-terrorism tactics, anti-corruption systems and ethical issues in cyber-security.

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CAPPE Events


Upcoming Workshop on Friday 2 September 2016: Conscience and Conscientious Objection

This workshop is aimed at understanding the role of “conscience” in the healthcare profession, from philosophical, bioethical and historical perspectives. Conscientious objection by healthcare professionals has become one of the most pressing issues in healthcare ethics. Healthcare professionals are sometimes called on to perform activities that can conflict with their own moral or religious beliefs. Their refusal can make it difficult for patients to access medical services and can damage relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.

 
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CAPPE Media


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

CAPPE

BACKGROUND

The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) commenced operations in 2000 as an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre. CAPPE has a concentration of applied philosophers across its divisions at Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne.

We are motivated by a commitment to the importance of philosophical reasoning for the understanding and resolution of practical ethical problems. Our purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with other relevant academic disciplines, the aims and standards of the professions, policy input, and broader community discussion.



4 INTEGRATED RESEARCH AREAS

The Centre's work is organised around four integrated research areas

  • Economics and Innovation
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Security 

ADVISORY BOARD 

The Centre's Advisory Board is made up of eminent people chosen to provide advice and guidance. It has the responsibility to promote the highest standards of research and research training and to advise the Director and the Vice-Chancellors on matters relating to the Centre. Specifically, it promotes the work of the Centre in the wider community in Australia and overseas, develops initiatives to attract funds and advises on and promotes collaborative research activities with other universities and organisations in the professions.