Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Edward Spence

Dr Edward Spence

BA (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)

Profile

Edward Spence is a senior lecturer in moral philosophy and professional ethics in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Canberra. CAPPE is a Special Research Centre funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). CAPPE is co-hosted by Charles Sturt University, the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. He is also a Research Fellow at the 3TU Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Technology. The 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology is jointly hosted by the three Technical Universities of Twente, Delft and Eindhoven in the Netherlands and its headquarters is based in The Hague. Edward was one of two successful applicants worldwide selected and seconded from Charles Sturt University for the period 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2009 to work as a Research Fellow on an International Research Project on the Evaluation of the Cultural Quality of New Media and the Good Life in the Department of Philosophy, the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His specific research sub-project was the Cultural Evaluation of Digital Information and the Good Life. This project was funded by the National Research Council of the Netherlands (NWO), the equivalent of the Australian Research Council (ARC) in Australia.

He is the author of Advertising Ethics (with Brett Van Heekeren) and Corruption and Anti-Corruption: A Philosophical Approach (with Seumas Miller and Peter Roberts), both published in 2005 by Pearson/Prentice Hall, USA; He is the author of Ethics Within Reason: A Neo-Gewirthian Approach, Lexington Books (a division of Rowman and Littlefield) Lanham: USA, 2006, and the leading author of Media, Markets and Morals (with Andrew Alexandra, Anne Dunn and Aaron Quinn) Oxford: Blackwell (forthcoming). He is also the author of several refereed papers in national and international journals on professional ethics, including media ethics.

He is the founder and producer of the Theatre of Philosophy Plays project whose aim is the introduction of philosophy to the general public through drama and audience participation through discussion. Conceived by Edward in 1997, the Theatre of Philosophy Plays project that is still running combines philosophical talks presented by academic philosophers with original plays performed by professional actors in public forums which can take the form of restaurants, pubs, theatres, vineyards, opera houses, or other type of venue accessible to the public. Several of Edward's authored philosophy plays have been performed at Arts and Cultural Festivals throughout Australia, including the Australian Fringe Festival in Adelaide and the Greek Festival in Sydney. In 2004, his philosophy play The Philosophy of Love: Love in the Age of Terror was performed at the Sydney Opera House and in 2005 his philosophy play, The Philosophy of Freedom: Ancient Wisdom for a New World, was performed at the Museum of Sydney.

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Teaching

Edward teaches subjects in professional ethics and applied philosophy including media ethics, journalism ethics, advertising ethics, public relations ethics, the ethics of entertainment and consumption, and theories of justice for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He has taught and supervised MA students in Philosophy and ICT (PSTS) in the course, Technology and the Good Life, at the University of Twente, Netherlands (2006-2009).

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Research

Edward is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Canberra, Australia, a Research Fellow at the 3TU. Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Technology, The Hague, Netherlands and Associate Research Fellow, at the Centre for Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Science (CEPTES) of the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, Netherlands. The following are among his special areas of research:

  • Philosophy and ethics of information
  • Philosophy and ethics of communication
  • Philosophy and ethics of media
  • Philosophy and ethics of new media
  • Media corruption
  • Philosophy and ethics of computer games
  • Philosophy and ethics of virtual worlds
  • Moral philosophy and meta-ethics
  • The Philosophy of human rights
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Epistemology (theory of knowledge)
  • Theories of justice
  • The ethics of sustainability
  • The ethics of the good life
  • The philosophy and ethics of information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • The ethics of robots
  • The ethics of clinical trials

Research Grants

  • 2006 - 2009: Awarded a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct research in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The VICI research project is the Evaluation of the Cultural Quality of New Media and the Good Life: Towards an Integrated Philosophy of Human-Media Relations.
  • 2000 - 2001: Awarded an ARC SPIRT Grant (1999) for collaborative research

Research Memberships and Associations

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Publications

Authored Books

Spence, E. (lead author), Alexandra, A, Quinn, A and Dunn, A. (2011). Media, Markets and Morals. Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell.

Spence, E. Ethics Within Reason: A Neo-Gewithian Approach (2006). Maryland: Lexington Books (a division of Rowman and Littlefield, USA).

Spence, E. (lead author), & Van Heekeren, B. (2005). Advertising Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Miller, S., Roberts, P. Spence, E. (2005). Corruption and Anti-corruption: An Applied Philosophical Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Edited Books

Brey, P., Briggle, A. and Spence, E. (eds.) The Good Life in a Technological Age, Routledge (forthcoming).

Spence, E. (2004) Guest Editor (with authored Editorial Forward), Media Ethics In Australia, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics (USA), Volume 19, Issue 2.

Refereed Book Chapters

Spence, E. (in press). Deception: Playing Us False - Real people, Unreal values. In Wendy N. Wyatt and Kristie Bunton (Eds.) The Ethics of Reality TV. Continuum

Spence, E. (in press). The Adverting of Happiness and the Branding of Values. In Michael Boylan (Ed.). Business Ethics (2nd edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Spence, E. (in press) Virtual Rape, Real Dignity: Meta-Ethics for Virtual Worlds. In Hallvard Fossheim, Tarjei Mandt Larsen and John Richard Sageng (Eds.) The Philosophy of Computer Games, Springer.

Spence E. (in press) A Neo-Epicurean Approach to a Sustainable Good Life in a Technological Age. In Adam Briggle, Philip Brey and Edward Spence (Eds.) The Good Life in A Technological Age, Routledge.

Spence, E. (2011) Faith in Reason: The Unity of the Right, the Good and the Good Life. In Hayden Ramsay and John Haldane (Eds.), Truth and Faith in Ethics. Exeter: Imprint Academic.'

Spence E. and Briggle, A. (2010) Cosmopolitanism Online: How to Build A Virtual Cosmopolis. In Charles Wankel (Ed.) Emerging Ethical Issues of Life in Virtual Worlds. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Spence, E. (2009) Justice in a Just Society. In John-Stewart Gordon (ed.) Morality and Justice. Reading Boylan's A Just Society. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Spence E. (2009) and Briggle, A. Cosmopolitan Friendship Online. In Graeme Watson Graeme Watson, Barbara Gabriella Renzi, Elisabetta Viggiani and M¿¿ir¿¿ad Collins (eds.) Friends and Foes Volume II: Friendship and Conflict from Social and Political Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 53-64.

Spence, E. (2009a) The Epistemology and Ethics of Internet Information. In Alessandro D'Atri and Domenico Sacca (Eds.)Information Systems: People, Organizations, Institutions, and Technologies: ItAIS:The Italian Association for Information Systems. Physica-Verlag Heidelberg, pp. 305-312.

Spence, E. (2008) Metaethics for the Metaverse: The Ethics of Virtual Worlds. In Adam Briggle, Philip Brey and Katinka Waelbers (eds.,) Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy. Amsterdam: IOS.

Spence, E. (2005) Conflicts of Interest and Corruption in Auditing. In Tom Campbell and Keith Houghton (eds.) Ethics and Auditing. Canberra: ANU Academic Press.

Spence, E. (1999) A Commentary on Deryck Beyleveld's "Gewirth and Kant on Justifying the Supreme Principle of Morality". In Michael Boylan (ed.), Gewirth, Critical Essays On Action, Rationality, And Community. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. pp 119-124. ISBN: 9780847692590.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Spence, E., et al, Using Fictive Narrative to Teach Ethics/Philosophy, Teaching Ethics (in press).

Spence, E. (2012) Is Technology Good for Us? A Eudaimonic Meta-Model for Evaluating the Contributive Competence of Technologies for a Good Life. Nanoethics, Springer.

Spence, E. (2011) Information, Knowledge and Wisdom: Groundwork for the Normative Evaluation of Digital Information and Its Relation to the Good Life, Ethics and Information Technology.

Spence E. (2010) Information Ethics Without Metaphysics: A Neo-Gewirthian Approach, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, VOL: 6; Issue: 1; pages 1-14. ISSN: 1548-3908.

Spence E. (2010a) The Epistemology and Ethics of Internet Information: A Neo-Gewirthian Approach, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (ICES), Vol 8 No 1.

Spence E. (2010b) Groundwork for a Neo-Epicurean Approach to a Sustainable Good Life in a Technological World, Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics.

Spence, E. (2009b) Corruption in the Media. International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 22:2 - Fall 2008, pp. 231-241.

Spence E. (2009c) The Epistemology and Ethics of Media Markets in the Age of Information, in Yvonne Thorhauer and Stefan Blachfellner (Eds.), Business Intelligence Meets Moral Intelligence, International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) Vol.10 (February 2009), Issue No. 010, 45-52.

Spence E. (2009d) A Universal Model for the Normative Evaluation of Internet Information, Ethics and Information Technology,11 (4).

Spence, E. and Quinn, A. (2008) Information Ethics as a Guide for New Media. Journal of Mass Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality, 1532-7728, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2008, Pages 264-279.

Spence, E. (2008a) Understanding Luciano Floridi's Metaphysical Theory of Information Ethics: A Critical Appraisal and an Alternative Neo-Gewirthian Information Ethics. American Philosophy Association (APA) Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Fall 2008, Volume 08, Number 1.

Quinn, A. and Spence, E. (2007) Two Dimensions of Photo Manipulation: Correction and Corruption. Melbourne: Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 9, 1.

Spence, E. (2007) Positive Rights and the Cosmopolitan Community: A Right-Centred Foundations for Global Ethics, Journal of Global Ethics, Volume 3 Issue 02, July/August 2007

Simmons, P. and Spence, E. (2006) The Practice and Ethics of Media Release Journalism, Australian Journalism Review, volume 28(1), July 2006, pp.167-181.

Spence, E. (2005a) Corruption in the Media. In Jeanette Kennett (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Governance: Proceedings of the GovNet Annual Conference, Melbourne: Monash University, ISBN 0-7326-2287-5.

Spence, E. (2005b) Philosophy Plays: A Neo-Stoic Way of Performing Public Philosophy. In Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas and George Frazis (eds.), Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders: Flinders University, pp. 65-80.

Spence, E. (2005c) The Commodification of Values: What Plato and Epicurus Can Teach us about Advertising Ethics - Ancient Wisdom for a New World" . In Ioanna Papasolomou (ed.) Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communications. Nicosia, Cyprus: Intercollege, pp. 14-29.

Spence, E. (2004) Philosophy Plays: A Neo-Stoic Method for Teaching Ethics. Utah, USA: Teaching Ethics Volume 5, Number 1, pp 41-57.

Quinn, A., and Spence, E. (2004) Manipulation in Photojournalism: Is it Ethical? Is it Corrupt?). In Anne Dunn (ed.) Proceedings: Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, Sydney: University of Sydney.

Spence, E. (2003) Conflict of Interest and Corruption. Melbourne: Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 25-36.

Spence, E. (2003a) Media Ethics: An Ethical Rationalist Approach. Melbourne: Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2003, pp. 35-44.

Spence, E. (2001) The Cosmopolitan Internet. In John Weckert (ed.), Proceedings: The Second Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference (AICE 2000), Canberra: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Vol. 1, Australian Computer Society, 2001.

Spence, E. (2000) Philosophy Plays: Philosophy and Performance. Proceedings: The Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics, "Mosaic: Film, Performance, Kinetic Art" (electronic version).

Spence, E. (1998) The Ethics of Clinical Trials: To Inform or Not Inform? That is the Question. Florida: Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal vol. 6, numbers 3 and 4, pp. 173-184. ISSN 1063-6579.

Spence, E. (1996) The Right to Die: The Rational Justification of Voluntary Euthanasia. Proceedings: The 3rd National Conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE).

Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings

Spence E. (2009) Wisdom on the Line: Understanding the Role of Online Information in the Good Life. Jordi Vallverdu Segura (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Philosophy and Computing. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, July 2-4, 2009, ISBN/DL: B-27978-2009.

Spence, E. (2009) Information, Knowledge and Wisdom: Groundwork for the Evaluation of Digital Information and Its Relation to the Good Life. Maria Bottis, (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE 2009), Ionian Academy, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, 26-28, June 2009, pp. 563-586.

Spence E. (2009) The Moral Status of Virtual Artefacts in Computer Games. The Philosophy of Computer Games, International Conference, University of Oslo, Norway, 13-15 August, 2009.

Spence, E. (2007) What's Right and Good about Internet Information? A Universal Model for Evaluating the Cultural Quality of Digital Information. In Larry Hinman, Philip Brey, Luciano Floridi, Frances Grodzinsky and Lucas Introna (eds.,) Proceedings of CEPE 2007, The 7th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry, University of San Diego, USA, July 12-14 2007, ISSN 0929-0672.

Spence, E. (2007) Plato's Ring of Corruption. For the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Greek Research, 23-26 June2005, Adelaide: Flinders University, Australia.

Spence, E. (2005) Philosophy Plays:

A Neo-Stoic Way
of Performing Public Philosophy. In Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas and George Frazis (eds.), Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders: FlindersUniversity, pp. 65-80.

Spence, E. (2005) Corruption in the Media. In Jeanette Kennett (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Governance: Proceedings of the GovNet Annual Conference, Melbourne: MonashUniversity, ISBN 0-7326-2287-5.

Spence, E. (2005) The Commodification of Values: What Plato and Epicurus Can Teach us about Advertising Ethics - Ancient Wisdom for a New World" . In Ioanna Papasolomou (ed.) Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communications. Nicosia, Cyprus: Intercollege, pp. 14-29.

Creative Works

Spence, E. (forthcoming) Everything That Matters: The Philosophy of Love, Freedom and Happiness. Melbourne: Nautilus Publishing.

Spence, E. 2004 Socrates in the First Person: a five part series written under commission for ABC Radio National, Australia. The program was broadcast in 2004 and 2005.

The Philosophy Plays Project is an innovative project created by Edward Spence in 1997 for presenting philosophy to public audiences through drama. The following philosophy and drama presentations (philosophy plays) were produced, directed, presented and performed by Edward Spence with a cast of actors at various Cultural and Arts Festivals:

2011 Wise After the Fact, a philosophy play, for the 29th Greek Festival of Sydney at Ithaka Caf¿¿, Potts Point, Sydney.

2007 Wise after the Fact (written by Edward Spence): presented and performed at Steki Taverna, Sydney, the play explores the differences between information, knowledge and wisdom.

2006 The Philosophy of Freedom (written by Edward Spence) for the Festival Hellenica, 24 March, 2006, Adelaide: The Old Adelaide Gaol, Australia.

2005 The Philosophy of Freedom for the 23rd Greek Festival of Sydney, 1and 3 April, Sydney: The Museum of Sydney, Australia.

2004 The Philosophy of Love (written by Edward Spence) for the 22nd Greek Festival of Sydney, 28 March, at the Sydney Opera House. This event was also recorded and broadcast as a one hour program on "Big Ideas", ABC Radio National.

2004 The Philosophy of Love for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, 5-7 March, at Coriole Vineyards at McLaren Vale, South Australia.

2003 A Perfect Injustice (written by Edward Spence and Liam Nesbitt) for the 21st Greek Festival of Sydney, March and April, at the Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.

2002 The Philosophy of Happiness (written by Edward Spence) for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, February and March, at Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

2001 Aristotle and the Emotions for the Greek Festival of Sydney, March and April, at the Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.

2001 The Philosophy of Happiness for the Sydney Fringe Festival, January, at Steki Taverna, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.

2000 Socrates in Love (written by Edward Spence) for the Greek Festival of Sydney, March, at the Cellar Theatre, Sydney: University of Sydney, Australia.

1999 Zen and Zeno (written by Edward Spence and Rick Benitez) for the Carnivale Festival, Sydney.

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