Finalists announced in ACU's Eureka Prize for ethics research

Thursday, 5 March 2015

25 July 2008: Finalists for the Eureka Prize for research in ethics were announced last night at St. Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living in Baulkman Hills, Sydney.

The $10,000 award, sponsored by Australian Catholic University (ACU), is awarded to the individual whose investigation of theoretical or practical ethical issues contributes to the understanding and development of ethical standards.



Professor Garrett Cullity

Hughes Professor of Philosophy

University of Adelaide

 For The Moral Demands of Affluence, a book that examines whether and to what extent well-to-do individuals are obliged to help others less well off, and arrives at a conclusion that is at once both demanding and moderate: that we are morally required to assist the needy, but that the limits to beneficence arise precisely from the conditions that give rise to the moral demand in the first place – the common human interest in having a well-lived life.


Associate Professor Neil Levy

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

University of Melbourne

 For his seminal work on neuroethics, which offers the first systematic framework for understanding and assessing the urgent ethical issues raised by innovation in neuroscience and other sciences of mind.  His research provides the basis for understanding the degree to which neuroscientific knowledge is consistent with our everyday view of ourselves as moral agents and rational beings.


Dr John Tasioulas

Associate Professor

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

Australian National University

 For development of an original version of the communicative theory of punishment that encompasses the values of retributive justice and mercy, and establishes that sentencing authorities in a liberal state may treat an offender’s repentance as a legitimate ground for mercy.  His sustained, closely reasoned and highly nuanced discussion adds fresh insights to a topic that has engaged moral philosophers from the very beginning.

 Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.