Dr Edward Spence

Honorary Associate

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dr Edward Spence is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, and Research Fellow at the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, Netherlands. He is author of several books including Stoic Ethics and Technology in the Pursuit of Wellbeing (forthcoming, Rowman and Littlefield) Media Corruption in the Age of Information (forthcoming, Springer), Ethics in a Digital Era (2018, Wiley-Blackwell), Media Markets and Morals (2011,Wiley-Blackwell), Ethics Within Reason: A Neo-Gewirthian Approach (2006, Lexington Books -Rowman and Littlefield,) Advertising Ethics (2005, Pearson) and Corruption and Anti-Corruption: A Philosophical Approach (2005, Pearson) and the edited volume The Good Life in a Technological Age (2012, Routledge). He is the author of numerous refereed papers in national and international journals on topics including theoretical and applied ethics, professional ethics, media ethics and digital ethics, the ethics of technology, computer ethics, computer games ethics, and media corruption. He is the founder and producer of the Theatre of Philosophy project that aims at the introduction of philosophy to the general public through drama and audience participation through discussion. Several of his philosophy plays have been performed at Arts and Cultural Festivals throughout Australia and the USA.

Research interests

  • Theoretical and applied ethics;
  • Professional ethics,
  • Media ethics and digital ethics;
  • The ethics of technology;
  • Computer ethics;
  • The ethics of computer games;
  • Media corruption.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Edward Spence is currently focusing primarily on research activities and projects.

Current projects

  • Single authored book on Media Corruption in the Age of Information (forthcoming, Springer)
  • Single authored book on Stoic Ethics and Technology in the Pursuit of Wellbeing (forthcoming, Rowman and Littlefield).
  • The Philosophy Plays project: public philosophy through original plays.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Spence, E., Elliott, D. (2018). Ethics for a Digital Era. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.

Book Chapters

  • Spence, E. (2018). Harm in Media Marketing: the Branding of Values. In Patrick Lee Plaisance (Eds.), Communication and Media Ethics, (pp. 235-249). Boston/Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Spence, E. (2017). Corruption in the Media. In Michael S. Ablander, Sarah Hudson (Eds.), The Handbook of Business and Corruption: Cross-Sectoral Experiences, (pp. 453-480). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

2018

  • Spence, E., Elliott, D. (2018). Ethics for a Digital Era. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Spence, E. (2018). Harm in Media Marketing: the Branding of Values. In Patrick Lee Plaisance (Eds.), Communication and Media Ethics, (pp. 235-249). Boston/Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

2017

  • Spence, E. (2017). Corruption in the Media. In Michael S. Ablander, Sarah Hudson (Eds.), The Handbook of Business and Corruption: Cross-Sectoral Experiences, (pp. 453-480). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

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