PROF Tony Coady

PROF Tony Coady


  • Philosophy (War; Terrorism; Violence; Testimony; Knowledge; Religion; Ethics)
  • Political Philosophy
  • Practical Ethics
  • War and Political Violence



  • Tony Coady is one of Australia's best-known philosophers. 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 delivere 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.


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • He is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, together with Steve Clarke and Julian Savulescu and C.A.J. Coady: ‘Moral Conservatism, Human Enhancement and the “Affective Revolution” in Moral Psychology’ (2013-15).   


Education and training

  • BA (Syd), University of Sydney
  • MA (Cantab), University of Cambridge
  • BPhil (Oxon), University of Oxford
  • MA (Melb), University of Melbourne

Awards and honors

  • Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Visiting Fellow, Michaelmas Term 2012, 2011
  • St. Cross College Oxford: Crawford Miller Fellow and Visiting Fellow , Trinity Term, 2012, 2011
  • Leverhulme Trust (UK): Leverhulme Visiting Professor, 2011
  • Corpus Christ College, Oxford: Visiting Fellow, 2005
  • Commonwealth of Australia: Centenary of Federation Medal, 2001
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2000
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision in limited circumstances.