• 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

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Professor Igor Primoratz

Ethical Issues in Security and State Sovereignty

Telephone +61(02) 6125-8469
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Igor Primoratz writes on moral, political and legal philosophy. In his current research he focuses in particular on the ethics of war, where he works within the just war tradition, and on terrorism, which he considers “almost absolutely” wrong. Another central research interest at present is patriotism: How does it differ from nationalism? What are its main varieties? What are their moral credentials? He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Fields of special interest

  • Philosophy of punishment
  • Philosophy of sex
  • Patriotism and nationalism
  • The ethics of war
  • Terrorism



Primoratz, I. Terrorism: A Philosophical Investigation, Cambridge: Polity Press (forthcoming).

Primorac, I. 2006. Etika na djelu. Ogledi iz primijenjene etike [Ethics at Work: Essays in Applied Ethics, in Croatian], Zagreb: KruZak.
Primorac, I. 2001. Filozofija na djelu. Rasprave i ogledi iz praktične filozofije [Philosophy at Work: Studies and Essays in Practical Philosophy, in Croatian], Zagreb: Croatian Philosophical Society.
Primoratz, I. 1999. Ethics and Sex , London and New York: Routledge.
Primoratz, I. 1997. Justifying Legal Punishment, 2nd edn., Atlantic Highlands and London: Humanity Books