Professor van Hooft has written in international journals on moral philosophy, philosophical psychology, bioethics, business ethics, and on the nature of health and disease. His more recent work has been on global ethics, cosmopolitanism, the political philosophy of international relations, and the virtue of hope. Stan draws his philosophical inspiration from such classical philosophers as Plato, Aristotle and Kant, as well as such contemporary thinkers as Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas and Bernard Williams.
Professor van Hooft's current research centres on Global Ethics and Political Philosophy, the concept of caring in contemporary moral theory, the role of hope in politics and religion.
Professor van Hooft is also a member of the Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, a division of the Special Research Centre for Comparative Social Research (Deakin University, Faculty of Arts and Education)
He is a consultant editor for the journals: Bioethics, Practical Philosophy, Health, Sophia, Nursing Inquiry, Nursing Ethics, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Theory Culture & Society, and Borderlands On-line Journal.
He has been an Academic Referee for the Australian Research Council, the European Science Foundation (for the 2008 round of the EUROCORES Programme for European Collaborative Research Projects), the Research Council of the Catholic University in Leuven, and the Research Council of Ghent University.
He has been a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne on several occasions. He has also been Visiting Fellow, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, International Visiting Fellow, Hastings Center, New York, and Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Utrecht.
ASP2/307 Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (a study of Plato and Nietzsche)
ASP2/315 Morals and Modernity,
ASP2/316 Ethics in Global Society
and he has developed a new unit on "Love, Sex and Death".
Applied Ethics and Moral Theory, Classical Philosophy, Political and Social Philosophy, Existentialism, Aesthetics
Professor van Hooft conducts Modern Socratic Dialogues in a variety of settings with professional groups, with the general public and with individuals, as well as with students studying at secondary schools and at Deakin University.
Professor van Hooft has conducted seminars for the Ethical Practice Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry in Melbourne and for the Forensic Psychiatry group of that organisation.
From 1999 to 2006, Stan was a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Victoria.
Stan has given lectures for the Culture and Ethics subject of the Diploma of Palliative Medicine Course at St Vincents Hospital and University of Melbourne, and has lectured at a number of high schools around Melbourne.
Throughout 1998 - 2000, Stan organised a monthly Philosophy Caf (with George Vasillacopoulos of La Trobe University) run at Borders Bookshop in Prahran.
From August 1999, he was a member of a working party of the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools, to develop PD materials and programmes for teachers of the new VCE Philosophy curriculum
Resident philosopher on Radio 3RRR with monthly on-air appearances.
Professor van Hooft is currently editing "The Handbook of Virtue Ethics". He is also researching the role of caring for the self in moral motivation and practical reason.
In 2013, Professor van hooft presented a paper at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece.