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

Professor Marilyn Friedman

Ethical Issues in Political Violence and State Sovereignty

marilyn.friedman@anu.edu.au
Telephone +61 (02) 6125-8985
Facsimile +61 (02) 6125-6579
View my cv (.pdf)

AB, PhD

Biography

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

Books

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

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