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  • University of Melbourne

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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.


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. 


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.


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.


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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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

Dr Matthew Kopec
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Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin - Madison)


Matt is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Canberra. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2012 under the direction of the philosopher of science Elliott Sober, after which he held a teaching position at the University of Colorado - Boulder and a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Northwestern University.


Kopec, M. forthcoming. "Game Theory and the Self-Fulfilling Climate Tragedy" Environmental Values

Kopec, M. forthcoming. "A New Group Dutch Book Argument" Ratio

Kopec, M. 2016. "The Uniqueness Thesis" Philosophy Compass 11: 189-200

Kopec, M. 2015. "A Counterexample to the Uniqueness Thesis" Philosophia 43: 403-409

Kopec, M. 2014. "Clines, Clusters, and Clades in the Race Debate" Philosophy of Science 81: 1053-1065

Kopec, M. 2014. "A New Use of 'Race': The Evidence and Ethics of Forensic DNA Ancestry Profiling" Journal of Applied Philosophy 31: 237-253

Kopec, M. 2012. "We Ought to Agree: A Consequence of Repairing Goldman's Group Scoring Rule" Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology 9: 101-114

Kopec, M. 2011. "A More Fulfilling (and Frustrating) Take on Reflexive Predictions" Philosophy of Science 78: 1249-1259