• CSU
  • 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

Associate Professor Morgan Luck

Justice and the Human Good
Telephone +61 (02) 6933-2326
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BA, BComm, BA(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD


Morgan Luck completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and a PGCE in Religious Education at the University of Cambridge. His thesis concerned the metaphysics of miracles. His areas of research include philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and epistemology

Fields of special interest

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics & Ethics


Selected Books

Luck, M. (Ed.) Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2012)
Townsend, R. & Luck, M. (Eds.) Applied Paramedic Law and Ethics (Chatswood: Elsevier, 2012)
Luck, M. Buddhism (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)
Luck, M. Christianity (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)
Luck, M. Sikhism (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)
Luck, M. Islam (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)
Luck, M. Hinduism (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)
Luck, M. Judaism (Cambridge: Pearson Publishing, 2004)

Selected Papers

Luck, M. ‘Incommensurability, slight pains and God' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 75/2 (2014) 79 - 85
Luck, M. & Ellerby, N. ‘Has Bartel resolved the gamer's dilemma?’ Ethics and Information Technology 15/3 (2013)
Luck, M. ‘Hell, the Rights of the Child, Freedom of Religion and Exit Costs’ Journal of Religion & Society 14 (2012)
Luck, M. 'Raelianism: What Is the ‘Central’ Raelian Argument for the Non-existence of God?', in Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2012)
Luck, M. ‘Should we want God not to exist?' Philo (2012) 15/2
Luck, M. ‘Defining Miracles: Violations of the Laws of Nature'. Philosophy Compass 6/2 (2011) 133 – 141
Luck, M. ‘On Polkinghorne’s Unification of General Providence, Special Providence and Miracle’ Sophia 49/4 (2010) 577 – 589
Luck, M. ‘The Miracle of the Religious Divide’. Rural Society 20 (2010) 59 - 65
Cohen, D &. Luck, M. ‘Why a Victim's Age is Irrelevant When Assessing the Wrongness of Killing’. Journal of Applied Philosophy 26/4 (2009) 396-401 Luck, M. ‘Aquinas’s Miracles and the Luciferous Defence: The Problem of the Evil/Miracle Ratio’. Sophia 48/2 (2009) 167 – 177
Luck, M. ‘The Gamer’s Dilemma: An analysis of the arguments for the moral distinction between virtual murder and virtual paedophilia’. Ethics and Information Technology 11/1 (2009) 31 – 36
Luck, M. ‘How to Murder your Parishioners and get away with it: Miracles & Moral Culpability’. Studies in Christian Ethics 21/2 (2008) 239 – 249
Luck, M. ‘Supernatural Miracles and Religious Inclusiveness’. Sophia 46/2 (2007) 285-291
Luck, M. ‘Against the Possibility of Historical Evidence for a Miracle’. Sophia 44/1 (2005) 7 – 23
Luck, M. ‘In Defence of Mumford’s Definition of a Miracle’. Religious Studies, 39/4 (2003) 465 – 469