• 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 August 06, 2014 at 5.15pm (Ground floor seminar room)

Professor John Broome (University of Oxford)

Climate change: life and death  More

CAPPE Melbourne Seminar

Thursday July 31, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Jeff McMahon (Rutgers)

Proportionality, and the Number of Aggressors  More


Past events

Thursday July 31, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Jeff McMahon (Rutgers)

Proportionality, and the Number of Aggressors

Professor Marilyn Friedman

Ethical Issues in Political Violence and State Sovereignty
Telephone +61 (02) 6125-8985
Facsimile +61 (02) 6125-6579
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Marilyn Friedman is currently working on a project on female terrorists: the various meanings, motivations, and degree of moral responsibility involved when terrorists are women. She is also working on an account of what is normatively required to hold someone morally responsible for their behavior, but an account that focuses on features of those who hold responsible rather than of those who are held responsible. These features involve attempting to understand the perspective of the accused, features that are especially important when holding someone responsible for disputed political crimes such as terrorism. Friedman’s most recent authored book, Autonomy, Gender, Politics (Oxford, 2003), defends the importance of personal autonomy for women. The book devotes special attention to problems of domestic violence and women’s apparent rights violations in some cultural minority communities within liberal societies.

Fields of special interest

  • Female Terrorists
  • Women's Rights
  • Cultural Diversity

Recent Publications


Women and Citizenship (Edited). New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Autonomy, Gender, Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.