Damian Cox


  • Bond University 14 University Drive ROBINA QLD 4226


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

I studied science and philosophy at the Australian National University before taking a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. I have held positions in philosophy at Edith Cowan University and University of Queensland, before joining Bond University in 2006.

My research covers theories of ethics and philosophy of film.

In ethics, I work in virtue ethics - the study of virtues and the attempt to develop a moral theory (e.g. a theory of right and wrong action) in terms of virtues and virtue-concepts. I have written on individual virtues, most notably integrity, as well as the prospects of a theory of ethics based on virtues.

Current work focuses on an attempt to develop a form of virtue ethics that overcomes problems that have bedevilled the project of virtue ethics. It is a form I call 'vice-centred ethics'. My research in philosophy of film centres on the question of how film represents ideas: for example, can film be a medium of philosophy? I have written about numerous films, showing how they represent and develop ideas, especially philosophical ideas.

Current work is in philosophy and film centres on the issue of realism in cinema and the possibility of representing ethical experience in a philosophically useful and profound way.

In future research, I will expand my concern for the philosophical possibility of cinema to the philosophical possibilities of music - and questions of the relationship between ethics and music.

Statement for HDR students

I supervise a wide-range of topics in philosophy. These are in the fields of moral psychology (the study of psychological qualities and attributes of moral action and vices and virtues); moral theory (the study of the concepts of right and wrong action and related concepts such as blameworthiness, responsibility, free-will and culpability).

I also supervise in the area of philosophy and film (the study of film as a medium and an art form, the study of individual film-makers and their philosophical achievements).

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Melbourne

… → 1992

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Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Prejudice Arts & Humanities
Integrity Arts & Humanities
Cinema Arts & Humanities
Right Action Arts & Humanities
Person Arts & Humanities
Moral Judgment Arts & Humanities
War on Terror Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2003 2018

Affect Mirrors

Cox, D. 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Burkina Faso

Agency, explanation and ethics in international relations

Cox, D. 14 Jun 2018 Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations. Steele, B. & Heinze, E. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

International Relations
Moral Agents

Vice, reasons, and wrongdoing

Cox, D. 1 Jan 2017 Virtue's reasons: New essays on virtue, character, and reasons. Birondo, N. & Stewart, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 49-64 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Right Action

Academic virtues: Site specific and under threat

Levine, M. P. & Cox, D. 1 Dec 2016 In : Journal of Value Inquiry. 50, 4, p. 753-767 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

I am not living next door to no zombie

Cox, D. & Levine, M. P. 2016 In : Critical Philosophy of Race. 4, 1, p. 74-94 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



A reappraisal of the political philosophy of Vaclav Havel

Author: Brennan, D., 12 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


A Virtue Epistemic Approach to Critical Thinking

Author: McPhee, R., 8 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor) & Patron, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Integrity and Selflessness.

Author: Zamp, P., 7 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor) & Brennan, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The Morality of Civil Disobedience

Author: Smith, S., 11 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Mortley, R. (Supervisor) & Cox, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis