Information related to research interest "Applied Ethics"

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  • Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

  • Centre for Ethics

  • Dr Steve Matthews

    Steve has worked on a range of projects related to questions of personhood and ethics. His published works relate to the metaphysics of personal identity over time, the philosophy of psychiatry, and applied ethics. Recently he has worked on questions of privacy and anonymity, particularly in the context of applied philosophical questions about the internet. Even more recently he has been focusing on questions of autonomy, agency, and narrative identity where those concepts may test, and be tested by, empirical findings related to those struggling with addictions, particularly in the drug and alcohol field. This latter work is in conjunction with a team of researchers funded through an ARC grant.

    Phone : 0283822871 (Darlinghurst, North Sydney ) Email : Stephen.Matthews@acu.edu.au

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  • Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

  • Dr Stephanie Collins

    Stephanie Collins is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Melbourne Campus of the Australian Catholic University.

    Her research focuses on social and political philosophy. In particular, she is developing theories for conceptualising our collective responsibility for large-scale structural injustices. She's particularly interested in working out how such responsibility operates within states and for-profit entities. She is happy to supervise research students working in any area of analytic and/or normative moral, social, and/or political philosophy.

    Stephanie joined ACU in 2018. Prior to this, she was a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. She was at Manchester for five years, and successfully supervised numerous Masters and PhD students there. She received her PhD in moral and political philosophy from the Australian National University in 2013.

    Stephanie is the author of two books: "The Core of Care Ethics" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and "Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals" (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Her work has been published in many journals, across the disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science, and Business.

    More information about her research -- including all of her published work -- can be found at stephaniecollins.org.

    Stephanie encourages prospective research students -- whatever stage they are at in developing their research idea -- to email her directly at stephanie.collins@acu.edu.au.

    Phone : +61399533589 (Melbourne) Email : stephanie.collins@acu.edu.au

  • Dr Richard Rowland

    My published work deals with reasons, value, the relationship between reasons and value, the moral error theory, and epistemic normativity. I am currently completing a manuscript in which I give the first book-length defence of the buck-passing account of value, according to which goodness and value can be analysed in terms of normative reasons.

    The focus of my current research is the meta-ethical consequences of moral disagreement. I argue that moral disagreement has important meta-ethical and ethical consequences, but these consequences are rather more nuanced than has been previously argued. I am also working on reasons fundamentalism and a formal account of wrongness.

    Phone : 3855 (Melbourne) Email : Richard.Rowland@acu.edu.au

  • School of Theology

  • Dr David Kirchhoffer

    David G. Kirchhoffer is the Director of the Queensland Bioethics Centre, a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU. He is also a member of ACU's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

    Dr Kirchhoffer grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa,where he studied biology and psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and theology at St Augustine College of South Africa. He did his doctoral studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. After working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the KU Leuven, he took up a permanent post at the Banyo campus of the Australian Catholic University(Brisbane).

    He is Senior Research Associate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg, and in 2015 was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore's Centre for Biomedical Ethics.

    David Kirchhoffer's primary research focus is on the meaning and relevance of the concept of human dignity, and contemporary understandings of the human person in contemporary ethics, in the fields of biomedical ethics, business ethics, social ethics, and personal ethics.

    His most recent book, "Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics," develops a holistic and relevant understanding of human dignity for ethics today. Whilst critics of the concept of human dignity call for its dismissal, and many of its defenders rehearse the same old arguments, this book offers an alternative set of methodological assumptions on which to base a revitalized and practical understanding of human dignity, which at the same time overcomes the challenges that the concept currently faces. The Component Dimensions of Human Dignity model enables human dignity to serve both as a descriptive category that explains moral choices, and as a normative criterion that helps to evaluate moral behaviour. A consideration of two cases--violent crime and physician-assisted suicide--demonstrates how the model offers a way to avoid the pitfalls of both moralism and moral relativism, while still leaving space for relativity in ethics. By using an approach that should be acceptable to both religious and secular perspectives alike, this book offers a unique way out of the 'dignity talk' that currently plagues ethics.

    Phone : +61 (0) 7 3623 7592 (Brisbane) Email : David.Kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

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