Virtue Ethics Workshop

 21, 22 and 23 September 2012

Deakin University Burwood Campus


Stan van Hooft and Nicole Saunders of Deakin University were editing "The Handbook of Virtue Ethics" for Acumen Publishers in the UK published in 2013. This Workshop brought together as many contributors to that volume as could come in order to discuss and deepen their contributions.

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Liezl Van Zyl, University of WaikatoLiezl van Zyl is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She is the author of Death and

Compassion: A Virtue-Based Approach to Euthanasia (2000), which argues that a principle-based approach should be abandoned in favour of a virtue-ethical approach to moral decision-making, especially in the sphere of end-of-life decision-making. She has also published a number of papers in applied ethics and virtue ethics, focusing in particular on issues surrounding moral luck, right action and the problem of action guidance.

Jason Kawall, Colgate University Jason Kawall is Associate Professor of Philosophy and of Environmental Studies at Colgate University. He received his PhD from Brown University, and works primarily in the areas of ethics, epistemology, and environmental ethics (with a particular emphasis on virtue and ideal observer theories within these fields).

Justin Oakley, Monash University I am engaged in ongoing work on virtue ethics and its applications, drawing on my book Virtue Ethics and Professional Roles (co-authored with Dean Cocking), to professional integrity, whistleblowing, conflicts of interest in clinical practice and research, reproductive ethics, and public policy. I recently completed a project on ethical issues in public reporting of clinician performance information, resulting in several articles and a collection (co-edited with Steve Clarke), Informed Consent and Clinician Accountability: The Ethics of Report Cards on Surgeon Performance. For our research on this topic, Steve Clarke and I were awarded the 2004 Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, Australia's premier award for ethics research. I am currently working on a project developing a virtue ethics approach to the moral significance of genetic parenthood and the regulation of assisted reproduction.

Anne Baril, University of New Mexico Anne Baril received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2010. She is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, having previously held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. She has research interests in ethics and epistemology, and her current research investigates how ethical and epistemic norms relate to one another, and to all-things-considered norms.

Matthew Sharpe, Deakin University Matthew Sharpe teaches philosophy at Deakin University. He is the author of articles in political philosophy, classical philosophy, critical theory and psychoanalytic theory. He is presently interested in Stoic philosophy, the notion of philosophy as a way of life, and the history of Western understandings of nature.

Richard Hamilton, Notre Dame, Fremantle Richard Paul Hamilton completed a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London, under the supervision of Jennifer Hornsby and Susan James on the topic of love. Before coming to Australia, he taught and conducted research at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan. He is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, WA. He works in moral philosophy with special interests in virtue ethics and the role of biology in moral philosophy. He is currently writing a monograph called Natural Citizens: Ethical Formation as Biological Development which defends a distinctive neo-Aristotelian naturalism and examines the implications of recent work in the Life Sciences for virtue theory.

Christine Swanton, Auckland Research interests: Ethics, especially virtue ethics.

Candace Upton, University of Denver Ethical Theory, Virtue Ethics, Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, Greek Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Logic.

Nancy Snow, Marquette University Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She is the author of Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory. Her research interests are in virtue ethics and moral psychology. She is currently working on a book on hope.

Professor Stan Van Hooft Stan van Hooft is Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of Caring: An Essay in the Philosophy of Ethics, (Niwot, University Press of Colorado, 1995) and numerous journal articles on moral philosophy, bioethics, business ethics, and on the nature of health and disease. He is also a co-author of Facts and Values: An Introduction to Critical Thinking for Nurses, (Sydney, MacLennan and Petty, 1995). His Life, Death, and Subjectivity: Moral Sources for Bioethics, was published by Rodopi (Amsterdam and New York) in 2004. Stan published two further books in 2006: Caring about Health, (Aldershot, Ashgate), and Understanding Virtue Ethics, (Chesham, Acumen Publishers). Acumen Publishers published his Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics in July, 2009. This book was shortlisted for the Australian Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics in 2010. His current research centres on Global Ethics and Political Philosophy, the concept of caring in contemporary moral theory, and the role of hope in politics and religion. His new book, Hope was published by Acumen in 2011.

Pedro Tabensky, Rhodes University, South Africa Prof. Pedro Alexis Tabensky is the director of the newly formed Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics, nested in the Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University (South Africa). He is the author of Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose (London: Ashgate, 2003) and of several articles and book chapters. Tabensky is also the editor of and contributor to Judging and Understanding: Essays on Free Will, Narrative, Meaning and the Ethical Limits of Condemnation (London: Ashgate, 2006) and of The Positive Function of Evil (London: Palgrave, 2009). He is currently working on a solo authored book on the complex interrelationship between goodness and evil, provisionally entitled Shadows of Goodness: A Secular Theodicy, which he aims to complete in 2013. And he is the editor of the forthcoming collection of essays provisionally entitled Race & Higher Education (Durban: UKZN Press, 2013). Tabensky runs two yearly roundtable series, one on critical issue in higher education and another on leadership. He is a regular commentator in newspapers nationally.

Patrick Shade, Rhodes College Since 1996, Patrick Shade has taught at Rhodes College, a liberal arts college that has enabled him to explore interdisciplinary work as well as community and service-based pedagogies. His teaching profile includes courses in the history of philosophy, ethics (theoretical and medical), and philosophy of education. Shade's research initially focused on developing a pragmatic theory of hope (in the 2001 book, Habits of Hope), with special attention to the intelligent habits that fund this unique human activity. Related work has addressed the role of hope in education and in a naturalist spirituality. More recently, he has explored links between pragmatism, care ethics and virtue ethics. He also has an abiding interest in philosophy and literature, having written on the novels of Steinbeck and Toni Morrison as well as the popular works of Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.

Glen Pettigrove, Auckland Glen Pettigrove is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He was trained in philosophy at the University of Michigan, Boston College, and the University of California at Riverside, and in theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His work on topics such as ambition, anger, forgiveness, meekness, and shame has appeared in a number of leading journals, including Ethics, Nous, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Religious Studies. His book, Forgiveness and Love, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.


Professor Stan Van Hooft Stan van Hooft lectures in Philosophy in the School of International and Political Studies. While contributing to a number of units in the philosophy major, Professor van Hooft is also involved in the mentoring of honours and higher degree students.

Dr Nicole Saunders Online Teaching and Learning, Moral Psychology, Moral Philosophy, Ethics

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