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Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

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The Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics provides a platform for interaction and collaboration between researchers in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, law, medicine, applied ethics and bioethics. A distinctive feature is its focus upon the philosophical, ethical and legal issues raised by the cognitive neurosciences.

More specifically, its aims are:

  • To foster interdisciplinary theoretical research on human agency and the self, moral cognition, the foundations of moral and legal norms, and moral and legal responsibility, and
  • To address practical issues at the intersection of ethics, law and medicine (bioethics, clinical ethics, and biolaw) and at the intersection of ethics, cognitive science and law (neuroethics and neurolaw).

Our activities include a conference and workshop program, a distinguished visitors program, support for selected research projects, postgraduate supervision, a postdoctoral program, and a schedule of seminars and reading groups.

Work at the Centre falls into four primary research clusters:



CAVE Visitor Prof. Robert Frodeman

Prof. Robert Frodeman (North Texas) will visit at the end of July.

CAVE Visitor, Prof. Marina Oshana

Distinguished Visitor 2014
Marina Oshana (University of California, Davis) will visit in November.

Recent CAVE news

  • CAVE in the media: Jai Galliott in The Conversation: "Take out the pilot from Australia's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter" 

  • New book: CAVE member Sonia Allan co-authored The Patient and the Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia (2014)

  • Award: CAVE research project Highly Commended and shortlisted for MQ Research Excellence Award