Professor Suzanne Uniacke

PhD, Sydney University

Professor in Philosophy

Suzanne Uniacke is a Professor in Philosophy at Charles Sturt University. Previously, Suzanne was Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, CAPPE (CSU), July 2013 - December 2016. Prior to commencing at CSU in July 2013, Suzanne worked in philosophy departments in Australia and England and held research fellowships at the University of St Andrews, Harvard University, and the University of Stirling. Suzanne was Joint Editor and Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy, June 2001- June 2013. Suzanne is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Suzanne has extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching expertise and experience in philosophy and inter-disciplinary teaching on courses of environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, and philosophical issues in law.

Suzanne has held appointments as external examiner at the University of St Andrews (Moral Philosophy); the University of Birmingham (MSc in Medical Ethics and Law); and University College, Cork (Philosophy).

Suzanne has supervised a number of HDR students to successful completion, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. She is currently co-supervising three doctoral students at CSU on topics in ethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy. She would particularly welcome enquiries from potential applicants for HDR study on issues of responsibility; moral and legal justification and excuse; issues of proportionality in ethics and law; and on topics in criminal justice ethics, biomedical ethics, and political ethics.

Suzanne's principal research focus is on issues in applied philosophy, ethics, philosophy of law, and social and political philosophy. She has published widely in these areas. She is probably best known for her published work on issues of the ethics of killing (such as self-defence, and euthanasia); responsibility, justification and excuse; intention and double effect; and the ethics of war. She is particularly interested in the interaction between practical ethical issues and issues in normative moral theory.

Selected Publications

  • 'The Proportionality Constraint', Journal of Applied Philosophy (in press).
  • 'The Condition of Last Resort', in L. May (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook on Just War Theory (Cambridge University Press) (in press)
  • 'The Value of Applied Philosophy', in K. Lippert-Rasmussen et al. (eds.), A Companion to Applied Philosophy (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2017)
  • 'Terrorism', in Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of War (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • 'Criminalising Unknowing Defence', Journal of Applied Philosophy (published on-line ahead of print, December 2015)
  • 'Responsibility, Expertise and Trust: Institutional Ethics Committees and Science', Humana.mente: journal of philosophical studies, 28 (2015): 169-185
  • 'Opportunistic Terrorism', Journal of Moral Philosophy, 11, 4 (2014): 395-410
  • 'Self-Defence, Just War, and a Reasonable Prospect of Success', in Helen Frowe and Gerald Lang (eds.), How We Fight (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • 'Punishment as Penalty', Criminal Law and Philosophy, 9, 1 (2015)(First online ahead of print, March 2013)
  • 'Self-Defense', in the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette (ed.) (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
  • 'Respect for Autonomy in Medical Ethics', in D. Archard et al. (eds.), Reading Onora O'Neill (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Double Effect and Dual Use', in Michael Selgelid and Brian Rappert (eds.) Onthe Dual Uses of Science and Ethics (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 2013)
  • 'Proportionality and Self-Defense', Law and Philosophy 30, 3 (2011): 253-272
  • 'Responsibility, intention and consequence', in John Skorupski (ed.), Routledge Companion to Ethics (London: Routledge, 2010)
  • 'Emotional Excuses', Law and Philosophy 26 (2007): 95-117
  • 'On Getting One's Retaliation in First', in Henry Shue & David Rodin (eds.) Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • 'The Doctrine of Double Effect', in Richard Ashcroft, et al, (eds.) Principles of Health Care Ethics, second edition (Chichester: John Wiley & sons, 2007)
  • 'Responsibility and Obligation: Some Kantian Directions', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 13, 4 (2005): 461-475
  • 'Harming and Wronging: the Importance of Normative Context', in Timothy Chappell and David S. Oderberg (eds.) Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law (London: Palgrave, 2004)
  • 'Is There a Right to Die?' in Brendan Lavor and Peter Cave (eds.), Thinking About Death (London: British Humanist Association, 2004)
  • 'Is Life Sacred?' in Ben Rogers (ed.) Is Nothing Sacred? (London: Routledge 2004)
  • 'A Critique of the Preference Utilitarian Objection to Killing People', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 80, 2 (2002): 209-217
  • 'Was Mary's Death Murder?' Medical Law Review, 9, 3 (2001): 208-220
  • 'Absolutely Clean Hands? Responsibility for what's allowed in refraining from what's not allowed', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 7, 2 (1999):  189-209
  • 'Replaceability and Infanticide', Journal of Value Inquiry, 31, 2 (1997): 153-166
  • 'Peter Singer and Non-Voluntary 'Euthanasia': tripping down the slippery slope' (with H.J. McCloskey), Journal of Applied Philosophy, 9, 2 (1992): 221-237

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