College of Arts
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G-2W1
Stefan is a philosopher of science with broad interests in evolutionary biology, ecology, the history and philosophy of psychology and the study of animal minds.
PhD Philosophy, Duke University.
MSc Biology, State University of New York, Binghamton.
B.A. Philosophy, Simon Fraser University.
Evolution and human nature
Everyone agrees that the nature/nurture dichotomy is a false one. Yet, there is a stubborn tendency both in everyday speech and in scientific discourse to retain these categories. For example, behaviours are often categorized as either innate or learned, or as either biological or cultural. This project investigates how and why people employ these categories, and proposes strategies for transcending them.
Theoretical models and concepts in ecology and conservation
This projects investigates the role of theory in ecology and conservation. In particular I am interested in the various ways that models are employed as tools in ecological science, and how this practice is shaped by both the nature of its subject matter and by socio-political factors. A related project explores alternative conceptions of biodiversity, and the way that they are tailored to particular epistemic and normative goals.
Linquist, S., E. Machery, P.E. Griffiths & K. Stotz (2011), “Exploring the folkbiological conception of human nature,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences. Vol. 366 (1563): 444-454.
Griffiths, P. E. Machery and S. Linquist (2009), “The vernacular concept of innateness,” Mind and Language 24(5): 605-630.
Colyvan, M., S. Linquist, W. Grey, P.E. Griffiths, J. Odenbaugh & H.P. Possingham (2009), “Philosophical issues in ecology: Recent trends and future directions,” Ecology and Society 14(22): 1-12.
Linquist, S. (2008) “But is it progress? On the alleged advances of conservation biology over ecology.” Biology and Philosophy, 23: 529–544.
Linquist, S. (2007) “Prospects for a dual inheritance model of emotional evolution”, Philosophy of Science, 74: 848–859.
Linquist, S. & Rosenberg, A.(2007) “Return of the Tabula Rasa,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 74(2): 476–497.
Rosenberg, A & Linquist, S. (2005) “On the original contract: Evolutionary game theory and human evolution,” Analyse & Kritik, 27(1): 136–157.
Linquist, Stefan (2010), The Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology: Volume I. Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, England (616 pages).
Linquist, Stefan & Levy, Neil (2010), Evolutionary Psychology: Volume II. Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, England (456 pages).
Linquist, Stefan (2010), The Evolution of Culture: Volume IV. Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, England (538 pages).
University Professor Emeritus
John McMurtry is an internationally recognized scholar and University professor emeritus-elect who has made outstanding contributions in the discipline of philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a President’s Distinguished Professor, McMurtry is known for being engaged both in the classroom and the community. He studies the philosophies of politics, economics, education, literature, history and the environment, and his work has been published in more than 150 books and journals. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life. McMurtry was selected by the United Nations as organizing author and editor of Philosophy and World Problems, which will be included in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.
(Excerpt from the President's Dialogue message 2006).
- University Professor Emeritus
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2066 Gourman Place, Victoria,
British Columbia V9B 6E1, Canada
General: Born August 2, 1940. Educated in Britain. Entered Wadham College, Oxford, with a college open major scholarship in English Literature. B.A.,1962, in Philosophy and Psychology (this became an M.A. through mere passage of time, an unfair Oxford process). Entered Advertising (McCann-Erickson, London) with the idea that work as a copywriter could be reconciled with writing ambitions.
Department of Philosophy,
University of Guelph,
50 Stone Road East,
Canada N1G 2W1
Ph.D. Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
M.T.S. [Master of Theological Studies] Vancouver School of Theology
M.A.(Educ) Department of Educational Foundations, Simon Fraser University
M.A. Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
B.A.(Hons) Department of Philosophy, University of Wales
Civilized Oppression (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999)
Sample of recent book chapters and articles:
“Authentic Social Justice and the Far Reaches of ‘The Private Sphere’,” accepted for publication in Social Philosophy Today.
“Victims, Resistance, and Civilized Oppression,” in Symposium: Responsibility for Resisting Oppression: co-contributors, Bernard Boxill & Thomas E. Hill; commentator, Sarah Buss; Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (1), Spring 2010.
“Companion and Assistance Animals: Benefits, Welfare Safeguards, and Relationships,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (2), Fall 2008.
“Bridging the Gap: The Intellectual and Perceptual Skills for Better Academic Writing,” Teaching Philosophy 31 (2), June 2008.
“Moral Solidarity and Empathetic Understanding: The Moral Value and Scope of the Relationship,” in Special Issue on Solidarity, Journal of Social Philosophy, ed. Carol Gould and Sally Scholz, 38(1), 2007.
“The Burden of Securing Social Justice: Institutions, Individuals, and Moral Action,” Social Philosophy Today, 22, 2007.
“Gratitude, Obligation, and Individualism,” in Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, ed. Peggy DesAutels and Margaret Urban Walker (Lanham,Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
“Stereotypes and Moral Oversight in Conflict Resolution: What are We Teaching?” Journal of Philosophy of Education 36 (4), November 2002.
Sample of recent presentations:
2010 July: “Consumerism, Privilege, and Oppression,” Poverty, Markets, and Justice; North American Society for Social Philosophy: Annual Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto.
2009 July: “Authentic Social Justice and the Far Reaches of ‘The Private Sphere’,” The Public and the Private in the Twenty-First Century; North American Society for Social Philosophy: Annual Conference, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
2009 May: “Victims, Non-Violent Oppression, and Moral Relations,” Canadian Philosophical Association: Annual Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa.
2009 May: “Missing Out on Authenticity: Companion Animals, Relationships, and Critical Reflection,” Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare: Research Symposium, University of Guelph.
2009 March: “Moral Solidarity,” at King’s College, University of Western Ontario.
2008 April: “Victims, Resistance, and Civilized Oppression,” in Symposium: Responsibility for Resisting Oppression: co-contributors, Bernard Boxill & Thomas E. Hill; commentator, Sarah Buss; American Philosophical Association (Central Division): Annual Conference, Chicago.
2008 April: “Using Animals while Attending to Their Welfare: Why It Misses the Moral Mark,” Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare: Research Symposium, University of Guelph.
2008 January: “The Relationship of Moral Solidarity,” University of Guelph.
2006 October: “Trust, Relationships, and Companion Animals,” Security, Trust, Conflict; Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy: Annual Conference, Trent University, Peterborough.
2006 August: “International Justice and National Status,” North American Society for Social Philosophy: Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria.
2006 May: “Companion Animals, the Family, and Our Special Relationships,” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics: Annual Conference, York University, Toronto.
2006 May: “Perceptual and Presentation Skills: Their Role in Intellectual Rigour,” in Pedagogies that Challenge (19th Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference), University of Guelph, Guelph.
2005 July: “Securing Social Justice: The Role of Individuals,” North American Society for Social Philosophy: Annual Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
2005 May: “Democracy, Interests, and Exclusion,” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics: Annual Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
2004 September: “Public Interest, Effects, and the Moral Voice of Government,” Values and Ethics in the Public Sector: How to Serve the Public Interest; National Ethics Symposium, St. Paul University, Ottawa.
2004 June: “Gratitude: What’s the Story?”, Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
337 MacKinnon, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph. N1G 2W1
2001 PhD in Philosophy, University of Guelph Dissertation title: Micropolitics and Property.
1992 MA (History and Philosophy of Science) Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph
1989 BSc (Hons) College of Biological Science, University of Guelph
2008-2012 Team Member: Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. CoPEH-Canada is an adaptive community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the understanding, teaching and application of ecosystem approaches to address current challenges to a healthy and sustainable global future.
Hegel and Deleuze: Together Again for the First Time eds. Karen Houle and Jim Vernon.
Karen Houle, Toward a New Image of Thought: Abortion and Complexity, Lexington Press “Out Sources” Series.
Karen Houle “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics as Extension or Becoming?” Symposium (Special issue on Ecosophy)
“An Ecohealth Framework for Evaluating Source Water protection, Health and Well-being in the Otonabee River Basin.” This chapter will appear in: L. Hallstrom, ed. Taking the next steps: Sustainability planning, participating and public policy in rural Canada. University of Alberta Press: Edmonton. 2012. (Co-written with Dr. K. Morrison, Population Medicine, University of Guelph).
“Don’t Touch Me, Don’t Eat Me: Linguistic Responsibility as a Matter of Justice in Scientific Practice” Ecohealth: Special Issue of Social Justice and Ecohealth Approaches
"Commentary on Hasana Sharp's Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization" pp. 248-254 in Vol. 7, No. 2 (2012) of PhaenEx ( A special Issue "Living Feeling: Affect, Emotion, and Phenomenology" edited by Lisa Guenther and Ami Harbin):
“Gender-Sex.” In S. McCullagh et al. ed. Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. pp.93-118 CoPEH-Canada (2012).
“Complexity.” in S. McCullagh et al. ed. Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. pp. 43-69. CoPEH-Canada (2012).
“A Bridge Between Three Forever Irreducible to Each Other(s),” Thinking With Irigaray, Edited by Mary Rawlinson, Sabrina Hom and Serene Khader, pp. 153-175. SUNY Press, (Nov. 2011)
“Micropolitics.” in Charles Stivale, ed. Deleuze: Key Concepts, (Acumen Press, Durham, 2005. 88-97. Revised edition (Acumen, 2011), 103-115.
Upcoming or Recent Presentations:
January 27th: Dear Head: Poetry Reading and Workshop
An early evening amongst the embryos and skeletons of the Ontario Veterinary College. Poetry readings, catered cocktail reception and workshop with poet Nora Gould and friends: Madhur Anand, Karen Houle and David Waltner-Toews. Dear Head is an environmental poetry event which will take participants on a reading tour of the anatomy labs, skeleton displays and pathobiology cabinets of the Ontario Veterinarian College at the University of Guelph. Winding our way through the building, we will end the evening with a cocktail reception and workshop in which the reading and writing experience will be shared with participants.
2012 "Poetic License: What Francis Alys' Visual Art Teaches Philosophers about Politicality" EPTC Keynote at Congress (University of Waterloo), May 30th
2012 “Reckoning with Records.” Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze & Guattari and the Arts (with Ryan Quinn, McGill University) The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, University of Western Ontario.
2011 “How Spinoza’s Metaphysics Subverts Environmental Ethics as an Exercise in the Extension of Moral Standing,” Spinoza: Feminist Perspectives and Aspects of Embodiment, American University, Washington, D.C.
2011 “Devenir Végetale,” Écosophie. Université de Paris X (Nanterre, la Défense) 2011 “Becoming Plant,” Creation, Crisis, Critique: Fourth International Deleuze Conference, Copenhagen.
2012-2015 SSHRC Insight grant ($88,004)
2010-2011 CIHR, “Meetings, Planning, and Dissemination Program Grant,” ($24,920) “Development of a Pilot Version of an Ecosystem Approaches to Health Training Manual.”
2009 SSHRC, “Aid to Research Workshop and Conferences in Canada Program" ($20,000)
Current Graduate Students:
Suzanne McCullagh's doctoral dissertation considers what it means to conceive of action in terms of capacity. The focus on capacities turns our attention to a broader and more complex set of conditions that contribute to actions. I argue that Hannah Arendt’s theory of action, in the Human Condition and On Revolution, is significantly similar to Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the war machine in Nomadology. The core difference is that Arendt maintains a focus on the individual within a plurality and Deleuze and Guattari point towards heterogeneous processes of individuation. Where Arendt’s theory of action enables us to consider individual action with and within pluralist human communities, it separates humans from non-humans in such a way that we cannot think new relations with the non-human elements of the world. A merit of Deleuze and Guattari’s theory is that it enables us to see actions as arising out of human-non-human assemblages. The locus of agency, however, seems to have become so diffuse that we lose our ability to think of action in ethically and politically significant ways.
Andrew Robinson: The Harms and Benefits of Pornography: An Application of Luce Irigaray's Ethics of Sexual Difference. I offer an original account of Luce Irigaray's ethics of sexual difference as grounded in the existential development of subjects through fecund relationships with one another. I then demonstrate the ways in which dominant forms of gender and sexuality hinder fecund relationships. Turning to Irigaray's analysis of sex work, I demonstrate the harms with which mainstream pornography threatens our existential development, as well as the transformative potential of feminist and queer pornographies.
Lindsay Lerman: Bataille's Nonknowledge: Epistemic Expenditure. Lindsay is working on a book-length description of Georges Bataille's concept of nonknowledge. Her work on nonknowledge and children's literature was recently published as the final chapter in an edited volume titled Philosophy and Children's Literature.
Daniel Harris: Nietzsche, Friendship, and Fate. In bringing together Nietzsche's scattered but numerous remarks on friendship, I try to overcome the view of Nietzsche that has him as heralding some sort of solitary, sovereign individual. Others figure in interesting and integral ways in the type of ethical work Nietzsche would have us do on ourselves.
Joshua Mousie, PhD March 2010-present. Josh's main research interests are modern political philosophy; marxist tradition; latin american politics and philosophy; environmental philosophy. He is currently researching the interrelationship between conceptions of the political and the natural in contemporary political philosophy and how this relates to issues in global politics and postcolonial studies.
Niels Feuerhahn, PhD September 2008 – present. Niels current research focuses on the philosophy of memory, particularly the phenomenon of nostalgia. He is also very interested in the broad field of ethics, especially in animal and environmental ethics.
Recent Doctoral Students (updates):
Matthew Furlong, January 2008 – May 10th, 2011: “Foucault: The Logic of Freedom” Teaching Fellow at University of King’s College, Halifax, NS BA (Vind), MA (Concordia), PhD (Guelph) Faculty Member, Foundation Year Programme, Contemporary Studies Programme. Matthew's doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by Houle, was on the concept of freedom in Michel Foucault's thinking. His master's thesis at Concordia dealt with the relationship between proper names and ethical subjectivity in the thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein and of Jacques Derrida. He currently writes a bi-weekly column for the online magazine The Independent titled "In This Present Crisis."
Anthony Vander Schaaf, Sept. 2005 - Feb. 11th, 2010. “Frankenfood Meets the Gastronome: A Philosophical Analysis of Some Ontological and Axiological Aspects of the Genetic Modification of Food.”
Sasa Stankovic PhD. "The Ethics of Kant's Practice: Or Deleuze's Repetition of Kant" (defended March 2012) Sasa currently teaches in the Foundation Year Programme and in the Early Modern Studies Programme at the University of King's College in Halifax. He is working on two articles on Kant's ethics.
Ashlee Cunsolo Willox (SEDR) April 11th, 2012. Co-advised with Dr. K. Landman, “Lament for the Land: On the Impacts of Climate Change on Mental and Emotional Health and Well-being in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada” Ashlee Cunsolo Willox holds a BAH in International Development Studies and a PhD from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph. During her doctoral studies, Ashlee was a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship scholar. She is a community-engaged social science and health researcher and educator, focusing on the climatic and environmental determinants of Indigenous health, capacity development, environmental ethics, and the social justice and human rights and responsibilities implications of health inequality.
Recent Master's Students (updates):
Douglas Hall, MA. (2010) "Toward a Levinasian Politics of the Animal". Doug is currently entering his third year of the PhD program at the University of Guelph, and is writing his dissertation on Aristotle's notion of phantasia.
Lauren Elliott, MA: (2009) Cosmetic Surgery through Feminist and Cultural Narratives: Shifting the Focus toward Account-Giving within Doctor-Patient Relationality. Lauren’s research analyzed feminist responses to cosmetic surgery and both the cultural and discursive context within which this practice has emerged and proliferated. The practice of cosmetic surgery is an increasingly widespread and pervasive phenomenon in 21st century Western culture, and women are overwhelmingly more likely to pursue elective surgical intervention than men. In light of this gender disparity, feminists have asked whether or not cosmetic surgery ought to be rejected as an inherently oppressive practice, or provisionally accepted as a potential mode of empowerment for some women. Ultimately, Lauren argued that feminists should bracket normative discussions about cosmetic surgery, and respond to the immediate ethical demand posed by the women who already participate in it, by turning next to an analysis of the doctor-patient relationship as this context is the space at which individual and structural injustices intersect.
Lauren is now in her second year of the juris doctor program at Osgoode Hall Law School where her interests include labour and employment, family, and administrative law. She is currently employed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Family Responsibility Office.
Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator
My main area of research is early modern philosophy. My particular area of specialization is the philosophy of John Locke and the early modern empiricists. I am also very interested in the philosophical work of 17th and 18th century women thinkers, especially the work of Catharine Trotter Cockburn.
B.A, History and Political Science, McGill University
B.A. Honours, Philosophy, McGill University
M.A., Philosophy, Concordia University
PhD Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
- The Philosophical Works of Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Edited, with notes and introduction, by Patricia Sheridan. Broadview Press, June 2006
- John Locke: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Patricia Sheridan.London: Continuum Publishing, 2010.
- "Resisting the Scaffold: Self-Preservation and the Limits of Obligation in Hobbes's Leviathan" in Hobbes Studies, Volume 24, no. 2 (forthcoming August 2011).
- "Parental affection and self-interest: Mandeville, Hutcheson and the question of natural benevolence” in History of Philosophy Quarterly Volume 24, no. 4, October 2007:pp. 377-392.
- "The Metaphysical Morality of Francis Hutcheson: A Consideration of Hutcheson's Critique of Moral Fitness Theory" in Sophia, (2007) 46: pp. 261-273.
- "Reflection, Nature and Moral Law: The Extent of Cockburn's Lockeanism in Her Defence of Mr. Locke's Essay" in Hypatia Volume 22, no. 3, Summer 2007: pp.133-151.
- "Pirates, Kings and Reasons to Act: Moral Motivation and the Role of Sanctions in Locke's Moral Theory" in Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 37, Number 1, March 2007: pp.35-48.
- "Catharine Trotter Cockburn" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: plato.stanford.edu/entries/cockburn/
- "John Locke's Moral Philosophy" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming)
Work in Progress
- "What do Atheists Know? Descartes's account of knowledge and certainty in the Meditations"
- "The 'Moral Sense' in Cockburn and Hutcheson"
Department of Philosophy
University of Guelph
Cross-appointment: Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) Program
PhD Michigan State Univerisity
MA McGill University
BA University of Toronto
Areas of research and teaching: Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophyn of Science, Feminist Philosophy, Bioethics.
My research investigates epistemological and ethical considerations and concerns regarding the evidence-based movement in biomedicine. My analysis has been informed by feminist research, particularly the contributions to philosophy and epistemology of science, and embodiment studies. The concept of evidence proves to be complex, not only in its promise of objectivity and reliable knowledge, but in the related political ramifications in the health policy context. This area of research informs broader philosophical investigation into science and values.
"How can Feminist Theories of Evidence Assist Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making?" Social Epistemology (in press).
"Is 'Scientifically-Informed yet Humanistic Medicine' the Solution to the Crisis of Modern Medicine? A Friendly Corrective to the Emergent Model of Person-Centered Medicine." International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine (in press).
"Defining 'Quality of Care' Persuasively." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 33:4 (September 2012): 243-261.
"Evidence-Based Medicine." In Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Eds. WC Cockerham, R Dingwall, S Quah. In press.
"Innovating Medical Knowledge: Understanding Evidence-Based Medicine as a Socio-Medical Phenomenon". In: Evidence-Based Medicine: Closer to Patients or Scientists? Ed. Nikolaos Sitara. InTech Publications,2012.
"A Response to Sestini's (2011) Response." Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17:5 (October 2011): 1004-1005.
Loughlin M, Bluhm R, Buetow S, Upshur REG, Goldenberg MJ, Borgerson K, Entwistle V. "Virtue, Progress, and Practice." (Editor's Introduction) Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17:5(October 2011): 839-846.
“Working for the Cure: Challenging Pink Ribbon Activism.” In Configuring Health Consumers: Health Work and the Imperative of Personal Responsibility. Eds. R. Harris, N. Wathen, S. Wyatt. Amsterdam: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010: 140-159.
“Perspectives in Evidence-based Women’s Health.” Journal of Women’s Health 19:7 (July 2010): 1235-1238.
“From Popperian Science to Normal Science. Commentary on Sestini (2010).” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 16:2 (2010): 306-310.
Loughlin M, Upshur REG, Goldenberg MJ, Bluhm R, Borgerson K. “Philosophy, Ethics, Medicine and Health Care: The Urgent Need for Critical Practice.” (Editors’ introduction) Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 16:2 (2010): 249-259.
“Clinical Evidence and the Absent Body in Medical Epistemology: On the Need for a New Phenomenology of Medicine.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 3:1 (Spring 2010): 43-71.
“Iconoclast or Creed? Objectivism and Pragmatism in Evidence-Based Medicine’s Hierarchy of Evidence.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52:2 (Spring 2009): 168-187.*
Goldenberg MJ, Borgerson K, Bluhm R. “The Nature of Evidence in Evidence-Based Medicine: Guest Editors’ Introduction.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52:2 (Spring 2009): 164-167.
“Women’s Health.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press (2007): 441-444.
“The Problem of Exclusion in Feminist Theory and Politics: A Metaphysical Investigation into Constructing a Catogory of 'Woman'." Journal of Gender Studies 16:2(June 2007): 139-153.
Secker, Barbara, Maya J Goldenberg, et al. “Just Regionalisation: Rehabilitating Care for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses,” BMC Medical Ethics 7:3 (Aug 2006).
“On Evidence and Evidence Based Medicine: Lessons from the Philosophy of Science,” Social Science & Medicine 62:11 (June 2006): 2621-2632.
“Evidence Based Ethics? On Evidence Based Practice and the ‘Empirical Turn’ from Normative Bioethics,” BMC Medical Ethics 6:11 (Nov 2005).
Secker, Barbara, Frank Wagner, Maya J Goldenberg, et al.“Ethics of LHINS: Implications for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses.” [POLICY PAPER] Released: November 2005.
Guest editor for "Philosophy and Medicine" series for Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice:
* "Explanation, Understanding, and Experience (Vol. 19, Iss. 3, Summer 2013)
* "Reasoning in Medicine" (Vol. 18, Iss. 5, 2012)
* "Progress in Medicine" (Vol. 17, Iss. 5; Fall 2011)
* "Ethics, Epsitemiology, and Medicine (Vol. 16, Iss. 2; Spring 2010)
Guest editor for special issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine on evidence-based medicine (Vo. 52, Iss. 2; Spring 2009).
“Ethics and the Evidence of Evidence-Based Medicine.” Specialist Seminar in Empirical Ethics. Department of Humanities, University of Tilburg, December 2010, Tilburg, Netherlands.
- PhD Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
My area of specialization is later medieval philosophy, especially of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Specifically, my research focuses on the metaphysics, ethics and moral psychogy of such such figures as Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Giles of Rome (1243/47-1316), Henry of Ghent (d.1293) and John Duns Scotus (1265-1308). Although much of my work has thus far focused on issues of moral weakness, medieval conceptions of happiness and the freedom of the will, I have recently become interested in the development of conscience and natural law in the fourteenth century. My research is currently being funded by a Standard Research Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Books and Edited Collections:
- Aquinas: A Guide for the Perplexed. With C.N. Still (London and New York: Continuum, 2010).
- The Brill Companion to Giles of Rome. Ed. With C.F. Briggs (Leiden: Brill, forhcoming 2013).
Articles and Book Chapters:
- "Conscience and the Foundations of Morality in Ockham's Metaethics," Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales 79 (2013), forthcoming.
- "Happiness [True/False]" in The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Eds. W. Otten and K. Pollmann (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013 (4500 word article).
- "Ethics and Moral Psychology," in The Brill Companion to Giles of Rome. Eds. C.F. Briggs and P.S. Eardley (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2013).
- "The Foundations of Freedom in Later Medieval Philosophy: Giles of Rome and his Contemporaries," Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2006): 353-376.
- "The Problem of Moral Weakness, the Propositio Magistralis and the Condemnation of 1277," Mediaeval Studies 68 (2006): 161-204.
- "Conceptions of Happiness and Human Destiny in the Late Thirteenth Century," Vivarium: An International Journal for the Philosophy and Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages and Renaissance 44 (2006): 276-304.
- "Thomas Aquinas and Giles of Rome on the Will," The Review of Metaphysics 56 (2003): 835-862.
Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:
- "Giles of Rome," Natural Law," Ontological Argument," "Walter of Bruges" in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. 4 vols. Ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
- Review of John Marenbon, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Boethius, in Philosophy in Review 30 (2010): 118-120.
- Review of Stephen F. Brown and Juan Carlos Flores, eds. Historical Dictionary of Medieval Philosophy and Theology, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2008): 636-637.
- "Thomas Aquinas" and "John Stuart Mill," in The Chronology of World Slavery. Ed. Junius P. Rodriguez (Santa Barbara; ABC Clio, 1998).
- Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Conscience and the Natural Law: From Aquinas to Luther ($35,500.00) (2008-2011)
12-month Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany (approx. $50,000.00) (2011-2012).
Associate Professor, Department Chair
1998 Ph.D. Philosophy Department, University of Calgary
Dissertation Title: “Phenomenal Properties: The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Qualia”
1991 B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Oxon) Pembroke College, Oxford University
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
My research deals with the problem of phenomenal consciousness, embodied cognition, and the thought of William James.
“Zombies and Epiphenomenalism.” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 48 (2009). 129–144.
“Spatial Perception, Embodiment and Scientific Realism: Critical notice of David Morris, The Sense of Space (SUNY 2004).” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 46 (2007). 553–68.
“Qualia and the Argument from Illusion.” Acta Analytica 22, No. 2. (2007). 85–103.
“Representation and a Science of Consciousness.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 14, No. 1–2 (2007). 62–76.
“Zombies, Epiphenomenalism, and Physicalist Theories of Consciousness.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (2006). 481–510.
“What is it Like to See a Bat? Dretske on Qualia.” Disputatio, International Journal of Philosophy 18 (2005). 151–177.
“The Myth of the Myth of the Given.” Manuscrito, Revista Internacional de Filosofia 27, No. 2 (2004). 321–360.
“Beyond the Fringe: William James on the Transitive Parts of the Stream of Consciousness.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 6, No. 2–3 (1999). 141–153.
“Supervenience and Physicalism.” Synthèse 117, No. 1 (1998). 53–73.
“The Strange Attraction of Sciousness: William James on Consciousness.” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 34 (1998). 414–434.
“Neurosis: A Conceptual Examination.” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 11 (1997). 51–61.
“William James, Chaos Theory and Conscious Experience.” Systems Theory and A Priori Aspects of Perception, ed. J. Scott Jordan, New York: Elsevier Science Publications, 1998. 25–45.
“The Five Kinds of Levels of Description.” Toward A Science of Consciousness II: The Second Tucson Discussions and Debates, ed. S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak and A. Scott, Cambridge, M.A.: MIT Press, 1998. 577–583.
“Supervenience and the Mind-Brain Relation.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Cognitive Science (ICCS ’97), Seoul: Korean Society for Cognitive Science, 1997. 164–169.
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, Volume Two: The Twentieth Century and Beyond, ed. Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brenna, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, Alex Sager and Clark Wolf. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, October 2008. 900 pages.
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, Volume One: From Plato to Nietzsche, ed. Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brenna, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, Alex Sager and Clark Wolf. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, July 2008. 1110 pages.
First Philosophy: Fundamental Readings and Problems in Philosophy, ed. Andrew Bailey. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2002. 966 pages.
2005–2008 SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $57,641, Metaphysics of Phenomenal Consciousness
2009 Distinguished Professorial Award (teaching award presented by the University of Guelph Faculty Association)