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.

WHAT'S NEW

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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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

Clive Hamilton

Business and Professional Ethics
Justice and the Human Good

mail at clivehamilton.com


Telephone +61 (02) 6272 6206
Facsimile +61 (02) 6125 6579

Postal address:
George Browning House
15 Blackall Street
Barton
ACT 2600
View my cv (.pdf)

BA, BEc (Hons), DPhil

Biography

Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at CAPPE and holds the Vice-Chancellor's Chair at Charles Sturt University. He was the Founder and for 14 years the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a public interest think tank. He is well known in Australia as a public intellectual and for his contributions to public policy debate.

He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the University of Oxford, and is the author of a number of influential books, including Growth Fetish and Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change. He is now writing a book on The Philosophical implications of the Anthropocene. More about Clive Hamilton

Fields of special interest

  • The anthropocene ethics of climate change
  • Post-secular ethics
  • Ethics of climate change
  • Consumption and identity formation
  • Climate engineering Idealist philosophy

Major Publications

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the age of climate engineering (Yale University Press)

Requiem for a species: Why we resist the truth about climate change (Allen & Unwin)

The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics, Allen & Unwin, 2008

Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change, Black Inc., 2007 Silencing Dissent, edited with Sarah Maddison, Allen & Unwin, 2007 What's Left? The death of social democracy, 'Quarterly Essay', Black Inc., 2006 Affluenza, with Richard Denniss, Allen & Unwin, 2005 Growth Fetish, Allen & Unwin, 2003

The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics, Allen & Unwin, 2008

Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change, Black Inc., 2007

Silencing Dissent, edited with Sarah Maddison, Allen & Unwin, 2007

What's Left? The death of social democracy, 'Quarterly Essay', Black Inc., 2006

Affluenza, with Richard Denniss, Allen & Unwin, 2005

Growth Fetish, Allen & Unwin, 2003