Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics
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:
- Human Agency and Selfhood
Cluster leader: Prof. Catriona Mackenzie
- Moral Cognition, Neuroethics and Neurolaw
Cluster leader: Prof. Jeanette Kennett
- Applied Ethics, Bioethics and Clinical Ethics
Cluster leader: Prof. Wendy Rogers
- Brain, Culture and Mind
- Cluster leader: Dr. Richard Menary
Distinguished Visitor 2014:
Marina Oshana (University of California, Davis) will visit in November.
Recent CAVE news
- CAVE in the media: Tereza Hendl at TEDx Macquarie: "Ethical aspects of gender selection for non-medical reasons"
- Award: CAVE research project Highly Commended and shortlisted for MQ Research Excellence Award
- New grant: Colin Klein awarded ARC Future Fellowship for project "Changing your mind by changing your brain: An interventionist perspective on cognitive neuroscience."