Dr Steve Matthews - Centre for Ethics (DVCC) (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Coordination))

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


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
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Personal identity ; Applied Ethics ; Psychiatric ethics ; Narrative identity ; Privacy ; Internet ethics ;

Methods Expertise

Conceptual analysis ; Informal logic ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Truth, Lies, and the Narrative Self, in American Philosophical Quarterly

Internet ethics, in International encyclopedia of ethics (Wiley Blackwell)

Sailing, flow and fulfilment, in Wiley-Blackwell


A history of philosophy of mind in Australasia, in A companion to philosophy in Australia and New Zealand

Anonymity and the social self, in American Philosophical Quarterly

Personal identity, the causal condition, and the simple view, in Philosophical Papers


Mental time travel, agency and responsibility, in Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives. Matthew Broome, Lisa Bortolotti (eds.) Oxford University Press


What;s the buzz? Undercover marketing and the corruption of friendship, in Journal of Applied Philosophy

Identity and information technology, in Moral Philosophy and Information Technology, Jeroen van den Hoven, John Weckert (eds). Cambridge University Press

Normative agency, in Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, Catriona MacKenzie, Kim Atkins (eds). New York: Routledge

Privacy, separation and control, in The Monist


Unreal friends, in Computer Ethics, John Weckert (ed). Aldershot: Ashgate


The moral goal of treatment in cases of dual diagnosis, in Ethical Challenges for intervening in Drug Use: Policy, Research and Treatment Issues, J. Kleinig, S. Einstein (eds). Huntsville, TX: OICJ Press

Online professionals, in Ethics and Information Technology


Failed agency and the insanity defence, in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry

Parfit's "realism" and his reductionism, in Philosophia


Delusion, dissociation, and identity, in Philosophical Explorations

Establishing personal identity in cases of DID, in Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology

Blaming Agents and Excusing Persons: the case of DID, in Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology

The unity and disunity of agency, in Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology


A hybrid theory of environmentalism, in Essays in Philosophy

Reasons, values, and Institutions, in Melbourne Tertiary Press (out of print)

Identity, control and responsibility, in Philosophical psychology


Survival and separation, in Philosophical Studies


Environment, identity and the future, in Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics

Metapsychological relativism: a response to White, in Philosophical Papers


Personal identity, MPD, and moral personhood, in Philosophical psychology