of the Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy Research Group at
The University of Western Ontario
Current members of the research group are:
Samantha Brennan, Philosophy:
My main research interests lie in the area of contemporary normative
ethics, particularly at the intersection of deontological and
consequentialist moral theories. I also have active research interests in
feminist ethics. Other topics I've written about include children's rights
and family justice and the badness of death. Recently I've been working on
a project on parent-child relationships and reproductive ethics.
- Dennis Klimchuk,
My main interests are in private law theory and the history of legal
political philosophy. My current focus is on the law of unjust
Iım working on two sets of issues, the first concerning the conceptual
structure of the action in unjust enrichment, the second its use as a
mechanism to secure reparations for historical injustices (racist taxes
slave labour, for example).
Carolyn McLeod, Philosophy: My interests lie in four areas, and
the overlap among them: the analysis of moral concepts, in particular
autonomy, trust, integrity, conscience, and objectification; moral
psychology; feminist theory; and reproductive ethics. In the last, I bring
the insights of normative (including feminist) ethics to bear on moral
problems in reproductive health care, yet at the same time, use those
problems to challenge traditional understandings of concepts in normative
Richard Vernon, Political
history of political theory in France
and Britain, on the idea of toleration, and on contemporary theories of
liberalism and democracy. My current work concerns questions of
citizenship and international justice.
Barry Hoffmaster, Philosophy
Tracy Isaacs, Philosophy: All of my research is in the area of
moral philosophy and action theory.
My work on moral responsibility combines both of these interests. My
current work on the relationship between individual and collective moral
responsibility, and the impact of collective contexts on individual
moral responsibility, builds on my earlier work in theory of action,
moral theory, and moral responsibility. I have recently begun to publish
work on topics of feminist ethics. My next project will be about agency
and identity in oppressive social contexts.
Michael Milde, Philosophy:
My research area is political philosophy, with crossovers into the
philosophy of law. Currently I am working on various connections between
constitutional law and social contract theory, as these play out in
contemporary liberal, pluralistic, and multicultural societies. I also
pursue interests in the history of political philosophy.
Flaherty, Philosophy: I am
interested in political theory, theories of the state and society, both
contemporary and non-contemporary. My main interest is in how social
groups--class, religious, moral--and the norms and values they promote
influence social and political stabiltiy and legitimacy. I am currently
working on Carl Schmitt's concept of the political enemy and various
related to Hobbes.
Charles Jones, Political Science:
My research and teaching interests lie in political theory, especially
theories of justice, nationalism, human rights, and citizenship. My
work attempted to clarify the debate on global distributive justice, and
defend a particular approach to the topic. Following on from that work, I
currently (2003-2006) engaged in a SSHRC-funded research project entitled
- Richard Bronaugh, Philosophy
- Robert Binkley, Philosophy: I am interested in meta-ethics,
that is to say, questions about the nature of moral concepts, beliefs,
attitudes and action with respect both to the individual and to society. I
am also concerned with the relation of all this to the philosophy of mind
in general and to logic, especially deontic logic.
Todd Calder, Philosophy
My research interests lie
primarily in normative ethics, metaethics and social philosophy. I am
working on the secular concept of evil. I have written papers on Kantian
ethics, the banality of evil, Augustine's theory of evil and terrorism. I
also interested in group and institutional evil and its relationship to
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Philosophy, Talbot College, The
Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7.
Phone: (519) 661-3453.