Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Professor Tony Coady, FAHA, FASSA

Professor Tony Coady, FAHA, FASSA

Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics

BA (Syd), MA (Cantab), BPhil (Oxon), MA (Melb)

Tony Coady is one of Australia’s best-known philosophers. He joined ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry as Honorary Professor in 2017, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. He has an outstanding international reputation for his writings on epistemology and on political violence and political ethics. His book Testimony: a Philosophical Study (OUP, 1992) has been particularly influential and more recently he published Morality and Political Violence (CUP, 2008) In 1990 he founded and became director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues at the University of Melbourne, the first centre in Australia to be concerned with broad issues of philosophy and public affairs. CPPI later became absorbed into CAPPE where Coady was Deputy-Director for its first four years. In 2005, he gave the Uehiro Lectures on Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, which were subsequently published in 2008 by Oxford University Press under the title, Messy Morality: the Challenge of Politics. He is a Fellow of the Austtralian Academy of the Humanities and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2012 He was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and delivered the Leverhulme lectures there on “Religion and Politics”.

Professor Coady has secured numerous ARC Grants and other grants. He has been in receipt of an ARC Discovery Grant every year since 1990.