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Professor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne

C.A.J. (Tony) Coady was Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne from 1990-1998 and is now Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at that university. He has played a major role in the growth of applied philosophy in Australia. His research areas include epistemology, political violence and political ethics. His book, Testimony: a philosophical study (OUP, 1992) was widely praised internationally and has had a significant impact on developments in contemporary epistemology. A new book, Morality and Political Violence, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 and in the same year he published Messy Morality: the Challenge of Politics (Oxford University Press). Messy Morality extends the Uehiro Lectures on Practical Ethics that he gave by invitation at Oxford University in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He has just been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to the University of Oxford for part of 2011 and 2012.


  • 1998–present
    Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Melbourne University


  • 1973 
    University of Cambridge, Master of Arts