Dr. D.G. (Dean) Cocking


Dean Cocking is Hondius Fellow with the Delft Design for Values Institute and the author of Evil Online (with Jeroen van den Hoven, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).


He works on the nature of human valuing and our problems with appreciating value as we increasingly live online. His forthcoming work includes a special issue of Oxford's Journal of Practical Ethics on Evil Online. This symposium is in-press and includes a new paper (with Van den Hoven) ‘Moral Fog and the Appreciation of Value’. The special issue is edited by Roger Crisp (Oxford) and presents discussions of his work from Philip Kitcher, Dale Dorsey and Carissa Veliz. His other forthcoming research includes 'Friendship Online' (Oxford) and 'The Moral Fog of Social Media' and 'Growing Up Online' (both Rowman & Littlefield).

He has published extensively on friendship and ethical theory in journals such as Ethics and the Journal of Philosophy and has a book on virtue ethics and professional ethics (with Justin Oakley, Cambridge University Press). He has also led major research projects for industry, including a book length report on professional standards and integrity for the Professional Standards Council of Australia, and the development of a code of ethics for youth work in Australia (for the Youth Coalition-Australia). He and Van den Hoven are now working on a new book The Moral Fog and together will draft an open Humanities NWO application ‘Valuing in a Virtual World’ for submission in the fall of 2021.

  • Evil Online, (with Jeroen van den Hoven) (Wiley-Blackwell), Oxford, U.K. 2018.
  • Virtue Ethics and Professional Roles, (with Justin Oakley), (Cambridge University Press) Cambridge, U.K., 2001.
  • ABC Radio Australia Interviews (3).
  • Guest Speaker, Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival, for the documentary ‘The Cleaners’.
  • Podcast discussion and feature article in ‘Trouble’ Magazine with Dr Mark Halloran on Evil Online. (Podcast series ‘Deep Trouble’ produced by Trouble magazine, an Australia-wide forum for culture and ideas.)

Dean Cocking


Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for Values
Moral Psychology

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