• 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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CAPPE Canberra Seminar


Tuesday March 3, 2015 5.15pm

Dr Sadjad Soltanzadeh (CSU) and Dr Mitchell Mooney (AIS)

Was there a miracle in Miracle?: Theorizing about team performance   More



CAPPE Melbourne Seminar

Will resume in 2015   More






Dr Kylie Bourne

The umbrella revolution  More

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

Dr Stephen Clarke

Justifications for Religious Violence, ABC Riverina 'Mornings', radio interview  More

  Past media events

Upcoming Events 

CONFERENCES  (click here)


Seminars are held at CAPPE (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics) Level 1, 10-12 Brisbane Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600. Please contact Dr Mary Walker 02 6272 6277 for more details.

(These seminars will also be available by video link to Wagga Wagga campus , room 212, Marchant Hall for those who would like to participate from there.)


Will resume in 2015



The Centre presents regular seminars at The University of Melbourne. Seminars will normally be held 11 am to 12.30 pm, in the Old Quad, room 142A on Wednesdays. Please contact Dr Francesca Minerva 03 8344 9551 for more details.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Sadjad Soltanzadeh (CSU) and Dr Mitchell Mooney (AIS)
Was there a miracle in Miracle?: Theorizing about team performance’ 

Wagga Wagga

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences together with CAPPE present regular seminars on the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University. These are held on Thursday at 5:15 pm in Room 212, Marchant Hall unless otherwise stated.


Will resume in 2015


Click here for upcoming Wagga seminars.

Enquiries to Dr Daniel Cohen or 02 6933-2565 or

Dr Emma Rush or 02 6933-2777







Previous Canberra seminars in 2014


Wednesday November 26, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Tamara Kayali Browne  (The Australian University)
Selecting embryos for non-medical reasons: are we already on a “slippery slope”? 


Wednesday November 05, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Jane Johnson (Macquarie University)
The problem of conflicts of interest in surgery 


Wednesday October 29, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Steve Clarke (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)
Opposition to Cognitive Enhancement, Status Quo Bias and the Reversal Tests


Wednesday October 15, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Sagar Sanyal (CAPPE, The University of Melbourne)
Justice in international political economy


Wednesday September 17, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Sarah Sorial (University of Wollongong)
The legitimacy of anger in the public sphere  


Wednesday September 03, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Greg Bognar (La Trobe University)
Fairness and the Puzzle of Disability  


Wednesday August 13, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Gerhard Øverland (University of Oslo/CAPPE)

Two Constraints: One Rationale  


Wednesday August 06, 2014 5.15pm  (Ground Floor Seminar room)

Professor John Broome (University of Oxford)

Climate change: life and death  


Thursday July 24, 2014 2.30pm  (Ground Floor Seminar room)

Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)

Punishing war crimes  


Thursday July 17, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Prof Steven Vanderheiden (CAPPE/University of Colorado)

The Obligation to Know: Information and the Burdens of Citizenship

Location: Marchant Hall (Bldg 26), Main campus, CSU, Wagga Wagga.


Thursday June 5, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Dr. Robert Simpson (Monash University)

Intrinsically valuing the extrinsically valuable  


Wednesday June 11, 2014 5.15pm

Dr. George Tsai (University of Hawaii/The Australian National University)

State expression, political symbols, and legitimacy  


Thursday May 15, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Dr. Alberto Giubilini (Charles Sturt University)

Intuitions, emotions, and reasons: What is it to be rational in bioethics? The case of the enhancement debate  


Thursday May 07, 2014 5.15pm

Prof. Seumas Miller (Charles Sturt University)

Joint Epistemic Action and Collective Moral Responsibility

Thursday May 01, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne)

Egalitarianism and Consumption Tax

Wednesday April 02, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Thomas Dougherty (University of Sydney)

Imagining the Possibilities: The Moral Psychology of Informed Consent

Tuesday March 18, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Rebecca Roache (Oxford)

Psychiatry’s Problem with Reductionism

Wednesday March 5, 2014 2.30 – 4.00pm, and 4.30 - 6.00 pm.

Prof. Julian Savulescu (Oxford)

On the moral obligation of parents to have the best child

Mr Chris Gyngell (ANU)

On government/state obligations in respect of regulating access to enhancement technologies


Thursday February 20  5:15 pm, Wagga Wagga Campus

Prof. Ingmar Persson (Oxford & Gothenburg)

Moral Responsibility without Causation

(This seminar will also be available by video link at CAPPE’s Canberra offices, 10 Brisbane Avenue, Barton 2600, for those who’d like to participate from here.)

Previous and Upcoming seminars in Melbourne 2014


Wednesday October 29, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Julian Koplin (Monash University)



Wednesday October 20, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Emma Rush (Charles Sturt University)



Wednesday October 01, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch University)

Collective beneficence in threshold cases


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Dr Steve Clarke (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)

Explaining away the conviction that human enhancement is morally wrong: status quo bias and the affect


Wednesday September 17, 2014 2.15pm

Lachlan De Crespigny



Wednesday September 10, 2014 2.15pm

Will Isdale

Ethics and the supply of human organs: three proposals


Wednesday September 3, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Dr Alberto Giubilini (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)

The Artificial Ideal Observer


Wednesday August 27, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Sebastian Schneider 

Rethinking the Concept of War for the Twenty-First Century


Wednesday August 20, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Andrew Watkins (Mercy Hospital Melbourne)

Perinatal palliative care/Cross cultural decision making/ relational autonomy/EOL care in NICU


Wednesday August 13, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Chaim Gans (Tel Aviv University)

Jewish and Democratic: Three Zionisms and Post- Zionism


Wednesday August 06, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University and University of Melbourne)

Objectivity in Ethics: From Hume to Effective Altruism


Thursday July 31, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Jeff McMahan (Rutgers)

Proportionality, and the Number of Aggressors


Monday July 28, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)

Punishing for War Crimes - the Problem of Ordinary Agents


Wednesday May 28, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Francesca Minerva (The University of Melbourne)

Could cryonics become an alternative to abortion? Future technologies as a solution to old moral impasses


Wednesday May 21, 2014 2.15pm

Mr Adam Ford

Transhumanism: Opportunities, Risks & Ethical Challenges


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Robert Audi (University of Notre Dam)

The New Intuitionism: Metaethical Foundations of Common-Sense Morality


Wednesday May 14, 2014

Professor Justin Oakley (Monash University)

Virtue ethics, direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising, and doctor-patient relationships


Wednesday May 07, 2014

Mike Robillard  (Connecticut University)

On the Moral Exploitation of Soldiers


Wednesday April 30, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Vera Bergelson (Rutgers University),

The meaning of Consent


Wednesday April 24, 2014 2.15pm

Dr George Tsai (The Australian National University)

Friendship and religious accommodation, conscientious objection


Wednesday April 16, 2014 2.15pm

Emeritus Prof Robert Cummins  (Deakin University)

Understanding happiness: An advance on the Ancient Greeks


Wednesday April 09, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Suzanne Uniakce  (Charles Sturt University)

Criminalising Unknown Defence


Wednesday April 02, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Daniel Halliday  (The University of Melbourne)

Inherited Wealth and Egalitarian Justice


Wednesday March 26, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Robert Simpson  (Monash University)

Offence, free speech and the moral limits of the criminal law


Wednesday March 19, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Rebecca Roache (Oxford University)

Cyborg justice: punishment in the age of transformative technology


Wednesday March 12, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Julian Savulescu (Oxford University)

The Ethics of enhancing prospective children


Wednesday March 05, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Michael Selgelid (Monash University)

Public Health Surveillance (Versus Research) Ethics





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Previous Seminars in Canberra











Cyberwarfare, Ethics, and International Humanitarian Law

Co-sponsored by CAPPE


A workshop and panel
Geneva, Switzerland
21-22 May 2014

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