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I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

In 2015, I was a Visiting Researcher at Fondation Brocher. In 2012-13, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow at St. Anne's College, Oxford University.

In 2004-05, I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. Steve Darwall supervised my research.

I received my PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. My thesis is entitled Reasoning towards Utilitarianism: Learning from Sidgwick.  My thesis committee comprised Wayne Sumner (supervisor) and Thomas Hurka.

I received the University Students' Council Teaching Honour Roll Certificate in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and 2017. In 2015, I was awarded the Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award.

I am currently an associate editor of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy

Research Interests:

I am interested in ethics and the history of ethics. 

Current Research:

I am currently working on ethical issues relating to adolescent refusals of life-prolonging treatment and to the use of biomedical enhancements and a book provisionally entitled Henry Sidgwick and the Conflicts of Ethics. 


1. Bioethics in Canada, eds. Charles Weijer, Anthony Skelton, and Samantha Brennan (Oxford: University Press, 2013). Link to publisher's Webpage.

Scholarly Articles:

17. Children and Well-being”, The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children, eds. Gideon Calder, Jurgen De Wispelaere, and Anca Gheaus (London: Routledge, forthcoming). (Solicited)

16. “Two Conceptions of Children's Well-being”, Journal of Practical Ethics (forthcoming). (Refereed)

15. “Introduction to the Symposium on The Most Good You Can Do”, Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2016), 127-131.

14. “The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism”, Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2016), 137-146.

13. Children's Well-being: A Philosophical Analysis”, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-being, ed. Guy Fletcher (London: Routledge, 2015), 366-377. (Solicited)

12. Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children”, The Nature of Children's Well-being: Theory and Practice, eds. Alexander Bagattini and Colin Macleod (New York: Springer, 2014), 85-103. (Solicited)

11. “On Henry Sidgwick's 'My Station and its Duties'”, Ethics 125 (2014), 586-591 . (Refereed)

10. “Sidgwick's Argument for Utilitarianism and His Moral Epistemology: A Reply to David Phillips”, Revue d'etudes benthamiennes 12 (2013). (Refereed)

9. “Utilitarian Practical Ethics: Sidgwick and Singer”, Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, and Politics., eds. P. Bucolo, R. Crisp, and B. Schultz (Catania: University of Catania Press, 2011), 592-633. (Solicited)      

8. Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore”, Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing, ed. Thomas Hurka (Oxford: University Press, 2011), 45-65. (Refereed)

7. “Henry Sidgwick’s Moral Epistemology”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010), 491-519. (Refereed)

6. William David Ross”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N.  Zalta (2010; revised 2012) (Solicited and Refereed)

5. “On Sidgwick’s Demise: A Reply to Professor Deigh”, Utilitas 22 (2010), 70-77. (Refereed)

For a rejoinder to this article, see John Deigh, “Some Further Thoughts on Sidgwick’s Epistemology”, Utilitas 22 (2010), 78-89.

4. “Sidgwick’s Philosophical Intuitions ”, Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 10 (2008), 185-209. (Solicited)

3. Critical Notice of Robert Audi, The Good in the Right. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007), 305-326. (Refereed)

2. “Schultz’s Sidgwick”, Utilitas 19 (2007), 91-103. (Refereed)

1. “Henry Sidgwick’s Practical Ethics: A Defense”, Utilitas 18 (2006), 199-217. (Refereed)

Selected Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

21.     Review of Thomas Hurka, British Ethical Theorists from Sidgwick to Ewing, Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming). (Solicited)

20.     Review of J. B. Schneewind, Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy, Mind 126 (2017), 949-954 (Solicited)

19.     Review of Roger Crisp, The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 24, 2016. (Solicited)

18.     Carritt, E. F.”, The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). (Refereed)

17.     Review of David Phillips, Sidgwickian Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy 12 (2015), 794-797. (Solicited)

16.     Review of Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant to Rawls, The Philosophical Review 124 (2015), 279-286. (Solicited)

15.     Singer, Peter (1946-)”, The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), 3454-3455. (Refereed)

14.     Entries on “Rashdall, Hastings (1858-1924)”, “Griffin, James (1933-)”, “Ideal Utilitarianism” , “Ross, W. D. (1877-1971)” and “Intuitionism”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, eds. James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013). (Solicited)

13.     Review of Fred Feldman, What is This Thing Called Happiness?, Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013), 395-398. (Solicited)

12.     Rashdall, Hastings”, The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; revised 2016), 4325-4329. (Refereed)

11.     Review of Andrew Irvine and John Russell, eds., In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy, University of Toronto Quarterly 80 (2011), 244-245. (Solicited)

10.     Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, Biographical Encyclopedia of British Idealism, ed. William Sweet (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2010), 617-624. (Solicited)

9.     Entries on “Abortion” & “Human Race (Death of the)” (In French), Dictionnaire de la Mort, ed. Philippe Di Folco (Larousse, 2010), 119-122, 409-411. (Solicited)

8.     Review of Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 14, 2009), F11. The review can also be found here. (Solicited)

7.     Review of Kwame Anthony Appiah, Experiments in Ethics, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 1, 2008), D3. (Solicited)

6.     Review of Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (eds.), Utilitarianism and Empire, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 12, 2006. (Solicited)

5.     Liberty’s Godfather”, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, May 20, 2006), D19. (Solicited)

4.     Griffin, James (1933 -)”, The Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, ed. Stuart Brown (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005), 348-352. (Solicited)

3.       Review of Bart Schultz, Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe. An Intellectual Biography, Philosophy in Review 25 (2005), 231-234. (Solicited)

2.      Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds. J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 1018-1028. (Solicited)

1.       Review of Dale Jamieson (ed.), Singer and His Critics, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (2001), 574-576.  (Solicited)

Popular Pieces:

3.     Firing May be Severe, but Not Unreasonable ”, Western News (June 18, 2015), 5.

2.     Tiny, Happy People Faring Well ”, Western News (May 7, 2015), 12.

1.     Breach of Ethics? The Complexities of Picking Winners and Losers in a Disaster ”, Western News (May 26, 2011), 5.

Fun: I have been known to cross-country ski. I am on Twitter (@HenrySidgwick).

Last revised: August 2015