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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.


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. 


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.


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.


2015 Annual Report [.pdf]

CAPPE Events

Seminar 28th September

Norvo Lo - La Trobe University

This paper discusses social attitudes towards feeding neighbourhood wild birds. It connects different and often opposing attitudes on the issue to three schools of philosophy regarding animals and nature. These include animal liberation ethics, wilderness preservation ethics,and anthropocentrism. 

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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



Canberra seminar program

03/03 Mitchell Mooney (Australian Institute of Sport) and Sadjad Soltanzadeh (CAPPE), ‘Was there a miracle in Miracle? Theorising about team performance’

18/03 Mary Walker (CAPPE/Macquarie University) and Wendy Rogers (Macquarie University), ‘How can we define ‘disease’?’

30/03 Theron Pummer (Oxford), ‘Whether and where to give’

15/04 John Kleinig (CAPPE/ City University of New York), ‘Trust and critical thinking’

06/05 Suzy Killmister (University of Connecticut), ‘Two concepts of dignity?’

13/05 Tom Campbell (CAPPE), ‘Handling minority rights through human rights mechanisms in a global context’

27/05 Shannon Ford (Charles Sturt University), ‘Covert action, lethal force and a normative account of intelligence institutions’

10/06 Sarah Hannan (University of Manitoba) and RJ Leland (Australian National University), ‘Childhood bads, parenting goods, and the permissibility of procreation’

17/06 Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State University), ‘Geographies of meaningful living’

24/06 Adrian Walsh (University of New England), ‘Applied ethics, the empirical and the defeasible a priori’

29/07 Larry Temkin (Rutgers), ‘Universal healthcare coverage: Solution or siren? Some preliminary thoughts’

5/08 Jonathan Pickering (University of Canberra), ‘Adverse spill-over effects of climate policies: rethinking the case for compensation’

12/08 Chris Nathan (Warwick), ‘Liability to deception and manipulation’

26/08 Toby Handfield (Monash), ‘A good exit: What to do about the end of our species?’

02/09 Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna), ‘Law and morality under distorted conditions’

16/09 Adam Henschke (Australian National University), ‘Legitimate authority and just war: the epistemic element’

30/09 Katrina Hutchison (Monash), ‘Device industry employees as carers and educators: ethical issues’

28/10 Alberto Giubilini (CAPPE), ‘Objection to conscience’

04/11 Steve Clarke (CAPPE), ‘Two concepts of conscience and their implications for conscience-based refusal in medicine’

18/11 Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch), ‘How poverty relief is not a collective duty

25/11 Patrick Taylor Smith (Singapore), ‘Why autonomous military robots may be required by justice’

27/11 Allan McCay (University of Sydney/Macquarie University), ‘Mitigation of punishment: towards a diachronic theory’


Wagga Wagga seminar program


12/03 Steven Clarke (CAPPE/CSU), ‘Status Quo bias and the reversal tests’

02/04 Doug McConnell (Macquarie University), ‘Narrative, self-constitution and recovery from addiction’

30/04 John Broome (Oxford University), ‘Normativity in reasoning’

01/05 John Broome (Oxford University), ‘Are reasons fundamental?’

04/05 David Ripley (University of Connecticut), ‘From conversation to inference, via consequence’

21/05 Steven Clarke (CAPPE/CSU), ‘Are conservatives risk-averse?’

04/06 Steve Matthews (Australian Catholic University), ‘Habit and addiction’

16/06 Douglas Portmore (Arizona State University), ‘Performance entailment’

06/08 Mary Walker (CAPPE/ Macquarie University), ‘Is narrative an epistemically interesting category?’

17/09 Matthew Kopec (CAPPE), ‘A pluralistic account of epistemic rationality’

24/09 Wylie Breckenridge (CSU), ‘Unsound arguments are useless’

15/10 Paul Silva (Monash University), ‘How to endorse an evidence requirement, a coherence requirement, and the possibility of misleading higher-order evidence’


Melbourne seminar program


05/03 Rachael Brown (Macquarie University), ‘What can (and cannot) non-human animals tell us about the human mind?’

12/03 Alison Ross (Monash University), ‘The image/word distinction in Walter Benjamin's "Arcades Project"’

29/03 Laura Schroeter (University of Melbourne) and Francois Schroeter (University of Melbourne), ‘Semantic Deference vs Semantic Coordination’

26/03 Lawrence Lengbeyer (US Naval Academy), ‘Two Types of Emotional Self-Control’

02/04 David Ripley (University of Connecticut), ‘Commitment and Implicit Assertion’

23/04 Suzy Killmister (University of Connecticut), ‘Autonomy Under Epistemic Limitations’

30/04 Matthew Sharpe (Deakin University), ‘‘The conquering virtues’: virtue ethics,

megalopsychia and the Hellenistic legacy in the later Camus’

07/05 Folke Tersman (Uppsala Universitet), ‘Reliability and Necessary Truth’

14/05 Yuri Cath (La Trobe University), ‘Transformative Experience and Knowledge’

21/05 Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State University), ‘Intimidation’

28/05 Dan Hutto (University of Wollongong), ‘Basic Social Cognition without Mindreading’

30/07 John Thrasher (Monash University), ‘The Ethics of Legislative Vote-Trading’

06/08 Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), ‘On the Distinction Between a Better Moral Theory and a Theory of a Better Morality’

13/08 Samuel Fleischacker (University of Illinois, Chicago), ‘Empathy and Demonization’

20/08 Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie), ‘Gangster film: Cinematic ethics in ‘The act of killing’’

27/08 Sean Bowden (Deakin), ‘Joint actions and shared intentions: An expressive conception of collective agency’

03/09 Jennifer Windt (Monash), ‘Conscious experience and the phenomenal selfhood in sleep: Towards a new taxonomy of sleep states’

10/09 RJ Leland (Australian National University), ‘Parental interests and the right to procreate’

17/09 Dana Goswick (University of Melbourne), ‘Does standard modal logic adequately represent metaphysics?’

24/09 Peter Anstey (University of Sydney), ‘John Locke and non-propositional knowledge’

8/10 Kristie Miller (University of Sydney), ‘Not feeling the flow’

15/10 Robert Simpson (Monash), ‘Epistemic bribes’

22/10 Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne), ‘Social justice and inherited wealth’