Charles Sturt University
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Applied Ethics Research Cluster

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Applied Ethics Research Cluster in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applied Ethics is a recognised area of research strength at Charles Sturt. In the 2015 and 2018 ERA, Applied Ethics at Charles Sturt was rated as ‘Above World Standard’. Applied Ethics is an ERA subcategory of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and work in applied ethics overlaps significantly with work in philosophy.

Charles Sturt has a longstanding focus on applied philosophy drawing on research in moral, political and socio-legal philosophy, and areas more theoretically-focused philosophical research that interact with more applied issues.

Research in applied ethics researchers

More Charles Sturt academics who conduct significant work in applied ethics

  • Anna Corbo-Crehan (BJBS, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Studies)
  • Seumas Miller (BJBS, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Studies)
  • Piero Moraro (BJBS, Centre for Law and Justice)

CSU researchers in Applied Ethics and Philosophy have well established international linkages, and have held visiting or fractional appointments at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford; the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford; the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, the University of Oxford; and the Department of Values, Technology and Innovation, Technical University at Delft.

A strong tradition of external research collaboration in Applied Ethics and Philosophy at Charles Sturt is reflected in journal articles co-authored with academics at the University of Oxford, Boston University, Deakin University, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of London Royal Holloway, Monash University, Macquarie University and the University of New England, and volumes co-edited with academics at the University of Oxford, Boston University, and the University of Melbourne.

Current research in applied ethics at Charles Sturt is being conducted on a range of topics, including the ethics of new technology, the ethics of healthcare and human services, ethics and religion, decision theoretic approaches to ethics, the ethics of policing, procreative ethics, and the ethics of killing.

Researchers in applied ethics at Charles Sturt have had a consistent record of success at securing external funding.

Current and recent external grants include

  • 2019-2021       Australian Research Council Discovery Grant,DP190101597: ‘Religion, Pluralism, and Healthcare Practice: a Philosophical Assessment’. Oakley, J., Clarke, S., Coady, C. A. J., Savulescu, J. and Wilkinson, D. $380,000-.
  • 2015-2018       Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, DP150102068: ‘Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Health Care’. Clarke, S., Kennett, J. and Savulescu, J., $333,300-.
Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

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Morgan Luck

Morgan Luck

Associate Professor in Philosophy

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Emma Rush

Emma Rush

Lecturer in Philosophy

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Suzanne Uniacke

Suzanne Uniacke

Professor in Philosophy

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Publications January 2018-June 2020

(ERA Code 2201)

Steve Clarke

  • Clarke, S., Zohny, H. and Savulescu, J. (eds.) (forthcoming in 2021). Rethinking Moral Status. Oxford, Oxford University Press (under contract 16 May 2020).
  • Clarke, S. and Savulescu, J. (forthcoming in 2021). ‘Rethinking Our Assumptions about Moral Status’, in Clarke, S., Zohny, H. and Savulescu, J. (eds.) Rethinking Moral Status. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Accepted 3 February 2020.
  • Clarke, S. (forthcoming in 2021). ‘What Should be Done About Harmful Unwarranted Conspiracy Theories?’, in Future Ethics, edited by David Edmonds, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Accepted 19 April 2020.
  • Clarke, S. (forthcoming in 2021). ‘Conscientious Objection in Healthcare’, in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online, edited by Edward Craig, London: Routledge. Under contract 14 November 2019.
  • Clarke, S. (forthcoming in 2020). ‘Straight out of Durkheim? Haidt's Neo-Durkheimian Account of Religion and the Cognitive Science of Religion’, Sophia. Available online early at: https://link-springer-com.ezproxy.Charles Sturt.edu.au/article/10.1007/s11841-018-0650-0
  • Browne, T. and Clarke S. (2020). ‘Bioconservatism, Bioenhancement and Backfiring’, Journal of Moral Education, 49, (2), pp. 241-256.
  • Clarke, S. (2019). ‘Some Difficulties Involved in Locating the Truth Behind Conscientious Objection in Medicine’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 45, (10), pp. 679-680.
  • Clarke, S. (2019). ‘Extremism: Operation Rescue, the Army of God, and the Nashville Declaration of Conscience’, in Ethics and the Contemporary World, edited by David Edmonds, London: Routledge, pp. 175-188.
  • Clarke, S. (2019). ‘Violence’, in A Companion to Atheism and Philosophy, edited by Graham Oppy, Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 421-435.
  • Clarke, S. (2018). ‘Miracles, Scarce Resources and Fairness’, American Journal of Bioethics, 18, (5), pp. 65-66.
  • Clarke, S. (2018). ‘A Religious Conception of Evil’, in Moral Evil in Practical Ethics, edited by Shlomit Harrosh and Roger Crisp, London: Routledge, pp. 30-55.

Daniel Cohen

  • Cohen, D., Goldring, J., and Saling, L.L. (forthcoming). 'Responsibility, Determinism, and the Objective Stance: Using IAT to evaluate Strawson's account of our 'incompatibilist' intuitions.' Neuroethics. In press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-019-09426-3
  • Cohen, D. (forthcoming). 'An Actualist Explanation of the Procreation Asymmetry.' Utilitas. In press. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0953820819000293
  • Cohen, D. and Breckenridge, W. (2019). 'Has Smith Solved the Moral Problem?' Acta Analytica. 34: 463-472.
  • Saling, L.L., Cohen, D., and Cooper, D. (2019). 'Not close enough for comfort: Facebook users eschew high intimacy negative disclosures.' Personality and Individual Differences 142: 103-109.

Morgan Luck

  • Luck, M. (2020). ‘A Puzzle from Elsewhere: Against the standard account of elsewhere’. Diametros
  • Luck, M. (2019). ‘Entrapment behind the firewall: the ethics of internal cyber-stings’. Australasian Journal of Information Systems.
  • Townsend, R. & Luck, M. (2019). ‘Paramedic professionalism’, in Applied Paramedic Law, Ethics and Professionalism (Chatswood: Elsevier)
  • Luck, M. (2019). ‘Ethics for Paramedics’, in Applied Paramedic Law, Ethics and Professionalism (Chatswood: Elsevier)
  • Luck, M., Townsend, R. & Steer, B. (2019). ‘Precare—an ethical decision-making model for paramedics, in Applied Paramedic Law, Ethics and Professionalism (Chatswood: Elsevier)
  • Luck, M. (2019). ‘Entrapment behind the firewall: the ethics of internal cyber-stings’. Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • Luck, M. (2018). ‘Can Young’s Constructive Ecumenical Expressivism Resolve the Gamer’s Dilemma?’. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society.
  • Luck, M. (2018). ‘Has Ali Resolved the Gamer’s Dilemma?’. Ethics and Information Technology 17/4.

Emma Rush

  • Rush, E., Short, M., Burningham, G., Cartledge, J. (forthcoming). ‘Philosophy and ethics: Sustaining social inclusion in the disability sector’. In Crisp, B.R. and Taket, A. (Eds.), Sustaining Social Inclusion, Routledge.
  • Strong, C. & Rush, E. (2018). Musical genius and/or nasty piece of work? Dealing with violence and sexual assault in accounts of popular music’s past, Continuum, https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2018.1483009.
  • Short, M., Dempsey, K., Ackland, J., Rush, E., Heller, E. & Dwyer, H. (2018). What is a person? Deepening students’ and colleagues’ understanding of person-centredness, Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, vol. 20, no.1, pp.139-156.

Suzanne Uniacke

  • Uniacke, Suzanne. (2018). ‘The Condition of Last Resort’, in L. May (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Just War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Uniacke, S., Kayali Browne, T., and Shields, L. (2018). ‘How Should We Understand Family Centred Care?’, Journal of Child Health Care, 22 (3).