• 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 Seumas Miller 

Criminal Justice Ethics

Business and Professional Ethics

Ethical Issues in Political Violence and State Sovereignty

Telephone +61 (02) 6272 6279
View my cv (.pdf)

BA (ANU), Dip Ed.(SCV at Hawthorn), MA (Oxon), HDip. Jour.(Rhodes), PhD (Melb)


Seumas Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Charles Sturt University, and Senior Research Fellow, 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology (2009-) (joint position)

He was Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Charles Sturt University 1994-1999 and Foundation Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics: An Australian Research Council funded Special Research Centre (2000-2007). His extensive publications include writings on social action and institutions, terrorism, business ethics and police ethics. He has also been awarded numerous competitive grants and consultancies.


Fields of special interest

  • Professional and applied ethics
  • Philosophy of action (social action)


Selected Books

Miller, Seumas. Institutional Corruption: A Study in Applied Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

Miller, Seumas. Investigative Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell. Forthcoming.

Miller, Seumas and Selgelid, Michael. The Ethics of Dual Use Science and Technology. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

Miller, Seumas. Moral Foundations of Social Institutions: A Study in Applied Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2009.

Miller, Seumas. Terrorism and Counter-terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 2008.

Miller, Seumas., Sankar Sen, Prakash Mishra and John blackler. Ethical Issues in the Policing of India. Hyderabad: National Police Academy. 2008.

Miller, Seumas and Selgelid, Michael. Ethical and Philosophical Considerations of the dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences. Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2008.

Miller, Seumas and Blackler, John. Ethical Issue in Policing. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2006.

Miller, Seumas. Social Action: A Teleological Account. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2001.

Miller, Seumas and Freadman, Richard. Rethinking Theory: A Critique of Contemporary Literary Theory and an Alternative Account. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.