• 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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Workshop Wagga Wagga

Saturday July 26, 2014, 12.30 - 4pm

Co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy

The Procreation Asymmetry

The aim of this workshop is to evaluate the prospects of vindicating an intuitive 'procreation asymmetry': that we are obligated not to create miserable children, but have no obligation to create happy children. More

Workshop Canberra

Friday September 05, Saturday September 06, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy

Who is Responsible for Climate Change? More


CAPPE Canberra Seminar

Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 5.15pm

Dr Sarah Sorial (University of Wollongong)

The legitimacy of anger in the public sphere More

CAPPE Melbourne Seminar

Wednesday August 27, 2014 2.15pm
Lachlan De Crespigny

TBA  More


Past events

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