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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.


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  • CAPPE Events

    CAPPE 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

    The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics is one of the world's largest concentrations of applied philosophers. Our purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with policy input, community discussion, and professional aims.


    Upcoming Book

    Dr. Adam Henschke upcoming book will be published by Cambridge University Press (2016) and will be based on his CAPPE PhD.

    Book titled: 'Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Virtual Identities And Information' Discover more

    Released Publications

    Shooting to Kill

    Book titled: "Shooting to Kill, The Ethics of Police and Military Use of Lethal Force"
    Written by:Seumas Miller

    Ethics of patriotism.

    Book titled:"The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate"
    Written by: Kleinig, J., Keller, S.,Primoratz, I. Discover more

    Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCS) and the Quest for Accountabilit

    Book titled: "Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCS) and the Quest for Accountability"
    Eds: Kleinig, J., Andreopoulas, G. Discover more


    New Taught Postgraduate Courses

    Postgraduate Programs

    CAPPE's unique Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics) is designed for those working in government, industry and the professions, and is a pathway to a Ph.D. in Professional and Applied Ethics.

    The program is available to students worldwide via online delivery or in person in Canberra and Melbourne. More

    CAPPE can also provide supervision to PhD, MPhil and MA by research students across a wide range of topics. More


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    John Weckert and Richard Lucas. Professionalism in the Information and Communication Technology Industry More


    John Kleinig, et al. Professional Police Practice More

    Stephen Clarke et al. Religion, Intolerance and Conflict More


    ERC research grant awarded to Professor Seumas Miller More

    ARC Discovery Grant Dr. Stephen Clarke et al. Conscience and conscientious objection in health care More

    ARC Discovery Grant Prof Greg Restall Meaning in Action—new techniques for language, logic and information More

    ARC Discovery Grant Mr Andrew Alexandra et al. Virtuous Practitioners More

    ARC Discovery Grant Dr Stephen Clarke, Prof Tony Coady et al. Moral Conservatism More