EmPr Stan Van Hooft



Emeritus Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


Office of the Exec. Dean A&E


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Diploma of Education, State College of Victoria, 1982
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1977
Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1973
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1971


+61 3 924 43973

Research interests

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 a member of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, The Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools, and the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love (USA)

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.

Teaching interests

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".

Knowledge areas

Applied Ethics and Moral Theory, Classical Philosophy, Political and Social Philosophy, Existentialism, Aesthetics


In 2008, Professor van Hooft organised the second biennial conference of the International Global Ethics Association in Melbourne, on the theme, "Questioning Cosmopolitanism". In 2013, Professor van Hooft presented a paper at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece.

Professional activities

Professor van Hooft has served on many committees during his time at Deakin, especially during the years of Victoria College.

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

Media appearances

Resident philosopher on Radio 3RRR with monthly on-air appearances.


Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics (Chesham: Acumen Publishers, 2009), was shortlisted in 2010 for the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.


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.


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Justice, Globalisation and Diverse Conceptual Worlds

M Leahy

(2017), pp. 21-39, The Politics and Culture of Globalisation: India and Australia, B1

book chapter


William Kantor, Charles Leedham-Green

(2015), Vol. 421, pp. 1-2, JOURNAL OF ALGEBRA, B1

book chapter

Sex, temperance, and virtue

S Van Hooft

(2013), pp. 55-69, Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics, B1

book chapter

Virtue and identity

S van Hooft

(2013), pp. 153-162, The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, Durham, England, B1

book chapter

The handbook of virtue ethics

S van Hooft

(2013), Durham, England, A7

edited book

The western humanist tradition

S van Hooft

(2012), pp. 43-48, Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare, Oxford, England, B1

book chapter

Teaching or preaching - Max charlesworth and religious education

S Van Hooft

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 531-544, Sophia, C1

journal article


S van Hooft

(2011), Durham, England, A1


Commitment and the bond of love

S van Hooft

(2011), pp. 115-130, Sex, love, and friendship : studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, 1993-2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Caring, objectivity and justice: An integrative view

S van Hooft

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 149-160, Nursing Ethics, C1

journal article

Humanity or justice?

S van Hooft

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 291-302, Journal of global ethics, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Introduction : In Questioning cosmopolitanism

S Van Hooft, W Vandekerckhove

(2010), Questioning cosmopolitanism, Dordrecht, New York, B1

book chapter

Cosmopolitanism, Identity and Recognition

Stan van Hooft

(2010), Vol. 6, pp. 37-47, QUESTIONING COSMOPOLITANISM, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, B1

book chapter

Cosmopolitanism : a philosophy for global ethics

S Van Hooft

(2009), Stocksfield Hall, England, A1


Dialogue, virtue and ethics

S Van Hooft

(2009), pp. 81-93, Universities, ethics, and professions : debate and scrutiny, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Political patriotism

S Van Hooft

(2009), Vol. 1, pp. 20-29, Journal of applied ethics and philosophy, Hokkaido, Japan, C1

journal article

Cosmopolitanism, identity and recognition

S Van Hooft

(2008), Vol. 6, pp. 121-127, International journal of the humanities, Altona, Vic., C1

journal article

Death and dualism

S Van Hooft

(2007), pp. 170-182, New essays in applied ethics: animal rights, personhood and the ethics of killing, Houndmills, England, B1

book chapter

Integrity and shame

S Van Hooft

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 101-118, Journal of interdisciplinary studies, Santa Monica, Calif., C1

journal article

Cosmopolitanism as Virtue

Stan Van Hooft

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 303-315, Journal of Global Ethics, C1

journal article

Caring about health

S Van Hooft

(2006), Aldershot, England, A1


Understanding virtue ethics

S Van Hooft

(2006), Chesham, England, A1


Life, death, and subjectivity : moral sources in bioethics

S van Hooft

(2004), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, A1


Socratic dialogue and medical ethics

P Dordoni, S Van Hooft

(2004), pp. 205-212, Ethics and socratic dialogue in civil society, New Brunswick, NJ, B1

book chapter

Ricoeur on responsibility

S Van Hooft

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 1-8, Borderlands : ejournal, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal article

Pain and communication.

S van Hooft

(2003), Vol. 6, pp. 255-262, Medicine, health care, and philosophy, C1

journal article

Towards a philosophy of caring and spirituality for a secular age

S Van Hooft

(2002), pp. 38-50, Spirituality and palliative care, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

La Caze on Envy and Resentment

Stan Van Hooft

(2002), Vol. 5, pp. 141-147, Philosophical Explorations, C1

journal article

Key thinkers in practical philosophy: Robert Nozick

S Van Hooft

(2002), Vol. 5, pp. 73-74, Practical philosophy, Newport, England, C1

journal article

Key thinkers in practical philosophy: Boethius

S Van Hooft

(2002), Vol. 5, pp. 68-69, Practical philosophy, Newport, England, C1

journal article


Stan Van Hooft

(2001), Vol. 4, pp. 135-149, Philosophical Explorations, C1

journal article

Stan van Hooft

(2001), Vol. 5, pp. 89-106, Teaching Business Ethics, C1

journal article

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