Philosophy and Humanities Faculty

Faculty members' interests encompass all the major areas of philosophy including ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of art, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, modern philosophy, Asian philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of science, existentialism, phenomenology, philosophy of language and philosophical counselling. Faculty members' interests also include the humanities areas of history of ideas and religious studies.

The faculty members of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities represent听a wide variety of viewpoints and traditions听within Philosophy and, more broadly, the Humanities. As educators, we are dedicated to the challenging and rewarding task of teaching our students to think critically about current debates in the social, ethical and political spheres through analysis of the philosophical issues that lie behind these debates.

We believe that attention to the philosophical background of current issues helps our students form more nuanced and defensible views on these issues and thereby achieve greater autonomy and independence of thought. However, we also hope to challenge our students to think beyond the application of philosophical ideas to current debates and to consider, for their own sake, those questions about knowledge, reality and value that have been the objects of human thought for as long as human thought has been recorded.


BA, MA (McMaster), PhD (Guelph),听 Phenomenology, continental philosophy, history of philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, social and political philosophy and听critical thinking

Phone: 604 527 5783


Office: N3319, New Westminster听

Areas of interest

Ontology, philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology, political philosophy, and aesthetics

Principal publications

Homo Interrogans, 2001 (University of Ottawa Press)听

BA (Alberta), MA (British Columbia), MTS (Regent College), PhD (University of Calgary)

Religious studies: comparative religion, nature of religion, new religious movements, religion in post-modern society

Phone:听604 527 5784


Office: N3317, New Westminster听

BA (British Columbia); MA, PhD (Western Ontario)

History and philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, epistemology,听critical thinking and modern philosophy

Phone:听604 527 5170


Office: N3318, New Westminster

BA, MA (University of Calgary), PhD (UBC)

Social Epistemology (especially issues of trust, expertise and objectivity) and metaphysics (especially with regards to personal identity).

Areas of interest

Science and society, philosophy of science (including feminist philosophy of science), ethics, history of modern philosophy and critical thinking.

Selected Publications:
  • "Categorically not Cackling: Duty, Moral Fiction and Witchcraft" in Terry Prachett and Philosophy, Jacob Held and James South, eds. Palgrave MacMillan. Publication Date: 听December 2014
  • "Downstream of the Experts: Trust-building and the Case of MPA's" Social Epistemology 听Vol. 27, July 2013 Pp. 1 - 21.

Taught previously at SFU, Quest University and UBC.

For more information, please visit Jill's website:听

B.Sc. (hons. spec. Mathematics, minor Philosophy), Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario

Phone: 604-527-5420

Office: N3320

Area of Specialization

Medieval Philosophy

Areas of Teaching Interest

Logic; Critical Thinking; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion

BA (British Columbia),听MA (Wales),听PhD (British Columbia)

Phone:听604 527 5170


Office: N3318, New Westminster

Also attended:

  • City University of New York Latin/Greek Institute
  • Lampeter Summer Workshop in Greek and Latin
Areas of specialization

Ancient Greek philosophy, ethics, critical thinking.

Additional areas of philosophical interest

Epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of love, philosophy of therapeutic recreation.

  • "Beauty and Science" in PHILOSOPHY NOW, Issue 17
  • Review of R.A. Sharpe's book, The Moral Case Against Religion, in PHILOSOPHY NOW, Issue 19
  • Review of Dialogues with Plato in PHILOSOPHY IN REVIEW (February 1998 edition)

PhD, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1993听

Phone:听604 527 5068

Phone:听604 777 6281


Office: N3308J, New Westminster听

Office: A3142, Coquitlam

BA (University of British Columbia), MA (University of Vienna), PhD (CUNY Graduate Center)

Phone: 604-527-5058


Office: N3323


Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Mind and Action, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Experimental Philosophy

Selected Publications

(forthcoming) "Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action",听Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming. With Javier Gomez-Lavin.

(2021) "Quasi-Psychologism about Collective Intention",听Ethical Theory and Moral Practice听21: 475-488.

(2019) "Normativity in Joint Action",听Mind and Language, 34(1): 97-120. With Javier Gomez-Lavin.

(2018) "Alignment and Commitment in Joint Action",听Philosophical Psychology, 31(6): 831-849.

BA (Ottawa); MA, PhD (Western Ontario)

Early Modern Philosophy, History of Ethics, Applied Ethics

Phone:听604 527 5319


Office: N3308G, New Westminster


My published work so far has focused on the history of philosophy (especially John Locke). Currently, my research is focused on issues concerning ethics and economics, particularly the historical evolution of the concept of human work and how an understanding of this evolution can inform contemporary discussions of the future of work and technology.

For more information on my research and teaching, please visit Elliot Rossiter鈥檚 home page at:

BA, MA (Universit茅 de Montr茅al), PhD (McGill)听

Kant, History of philosophy, Feminist philosophy

Phone: NW: (604) 527-5867 / DL: (604) 777-6324


Office: NW: N3321 / Coquitlam: A3171

PhD (University of Ottawa)听

Office: N3322, New Westminster



Existentialism, German idealism, political theory, philosophy of art, environmental ethics, Indigenous philosophy, philosophy of social movements.

Current Research

I am currently writing a book about Jacques Ranci猫re, Simone de Beauvoir, and antifascism. My long-term project, called Unsettling Existentialism, involves rethinking the work of Sartre, Beauvoir, and other existentialists through the lens of anticolonial and decolonial鈥攖hat is, Africana, creole, and Indigenous鈥攆rameworks.

Selected Publications
  • Egalitarian Moments: From Descartes to Ranci猫re (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Freedom and Nature in Schelling鈥檚 Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Recent Articles and Review Essays
  • "Politics That Does Not Command: Reconsidering Ranci猫re鈥檚 Opposition Between Politics and Policing,鈥 Parrhesia (2019)
  • With Veldon Coburn, 鈥淭he Real 鈥楯ustice鈥 Denied Colten Boushie,鈥 Policy Options (February 15, 2018).
  • With Veldon Coburn: 鈥淩enewing the Status Quo: The Colonial Politics of Recognition in Trudeau鈥檚 鈥楻enewed鈥 Relationship with Indigenous Nations鈥 E-International Review (September 7, 2017). Parrhesia (2019)
  • 鈥淒isagreement and Recognition between Ranci猫re and Honneth鈥 (A review of Axel Honneth and Jacques Ranci猫re, Recognition or Disagreement), Boundary 2 Online (March 13, 2017)

BA, MA (Calgary); PhD (Alberta)

Philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of mind, social and political philosophy, applied ethics and critical听thinking

Phone:听604 527 5784

Phone:听604 777 6324


Office: N3317, New Westminster

Office: A3171, Coquitlam

BA (Double Honours, Philosophy and German - Acadia), MA (Queen's), PhD (Dalhousie)

Phone:听604 527 5867

Phone:听604 777 6324


Office: 听N3321 New Westminster

Office: 听A3171 Coquitlam


Applied Ethics, Business Ethics, Health Care Ethics, Feminist Theory and the Ethics of Care, Philosophy of Law.

Current Research

I am currently working on three projects: 听the ethics of lying to children, incorporating feminist ethics into business ethics, conceptual and ethical analysis and finally, examining the conditions under which a mistaken belief in consent should be considered a legitimate听defence听against a charge of sexual assault.

Selected Publications
  • "Can Corporations Care?" Forthcoming in an anthology published by the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics.听
  • "Feminist Reflections on听Euthanasia听and Assisted Suicide in Canada", co-written with Dr. Susan听Sherwin. 听The Price of Compassion: 听Assisted Suicide and听Euthanasia. Ed. Michael Stingl. Peterborough: 听Broadview Press, 2010.
  • "Multiculturalism and Liberalism: 听A Problem with Neutrality," Eidos. June, 1999.

BA (University of Saskatchewan), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Columbia)

Phone:听604 527 5783

Phone:听604 777 6324


Office: N3319, New Westminster

Office: A3171, Coquitlam

Contract faculty

BA, MA (Philosophy), University of Victoria;听PhD (Philosophy), Simon Fraser University

Ph.D. in Philosophy (2003), University of British Columbia; M.A. in Philosophy (1995), University of Waterloo

Specialized Honours B.A. in Philosophy (1994), York University.

Retired Faculty

BA (McGill); MA, Philosophy; MA, Creative Writing and Theatre; PhD, Philosophy (British Columbia)听

Philosophy of religion, mysticism, ethics, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, Asian philosophy,听philosophical counselling, meta-philosophy, and critical thinking


Areas of interest

Philosophy of religion, mysticism, meditation, analytic philosophy, ethics, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, philosophy of听mind, Asian philosophy, critical thinking (A Format for Multifactoral Reasoning),听philosophical counselling,听and secular wisdom cultivation.

Principal publications: Philosophy
  • The Silence of the Mystic, 1983 (Philosophy in Canada Monographs)
  • How to Build a Conscious Machine, 1989 (Westview Press)
  • , 1994 (SUNY Press)

Principal publications: Fiction/poetry
  • , 1997 (Mosaic Press)

Principal publications: Plays
  • Incident After Antietam and Isadora and GBS, 1976 (Playwrights Union of Canada)
  • The Unveiling, 1982 (PUC)
  • Eleanor Marx, 1984 (PUC)听

BA (Hons, Dalhousie); MA, PhD (Waterloo)

Political philosophy, ethics, existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of sports.


Nature and role of apology; economics and environmental sustainability; philosophy of biography; collective action problems;听philosophy and public policy; critical thinking.

Principal publications

(co-edited with Lester Embree) Phenomenology of the Cultural Disciplines听听

Taught previously in Ontario and Florida Moderator of the New Westminster Philosopher's Cafe Director, Institute for Ethics and Global Justice, 香港六盒宝典开奖结果.

BA, MA (California, Riverside); ABD - Philosophy (British Columbia)

Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, modern philosophy, ethics and critical thinking Director,听Institute for Ethics and Global Justice, 香港六盒宝典开奖结果.

Special interests

Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, meditation, modern philosophy, ethics and critical thinking.听

BA (Stanford); PhD (British Columbia)听 Philosophy of religion, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics, environmental ethics and critical thinking


Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy and critical thinking.

Principal publications

Wittgenstein on Universals, 1988 (Peter Lang Publishing)

BA (Brock); MA (Guelph); PhD (Waterloo) Continental philosophy, existentialism, social and political philosophy, value theory, history of philosophy, business ethics听and critical thinking



Areas of specialization

Contemporary continental philosophy, especially Nietzsche and Heidegger.

Areas of competence

History of philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, Eastern philosophy.

  • Essays on Husserl, Nietzsche, Heidegger, literary theory, Taoism, education

Current research areas

Critical Thinking: A Primer (a textbook for first-year college students); Heidegger and the history of philosophy;听philosophical counselling.

Philosophical counselling

Since 1987, Robert Nicholls has been pursuing the practice of "philosophical counselling." For the most part, this practice听is restricted to one-on-one logotherapy based in Dasein analysis and the broader school of existential psychotherapy,听although Dr. Nicholls has also participated in some group therapy sessions. His approach to philosophical counselling is听influenced by a number of theoreticians and practitioners, but especially by the work of Ludwig Binswanger and Irwin Yalom.听Dr. Nicholls has developed his own approach to self-understanding, which is grounded significantly in Heidegger's notions of听"autonomy, freedom and authenticity." In addition, he studied extensively the work of Carl Jung with the late Professor Paul听Seligman, long-time honourary member of the Jungian Society. Further, Dr. Nicholls has himself completed psychoanalysis with听a Freudian practitioner. The idea of philosophical counselling is based upon the conviction that the possibility of well-being is inseparable from the听project of self-understanding, and that these notions need not be taken up only in the context of pathology, where a model of听"health and disease" dominates, but should be pursued in the broader, life-long context of the individual's Weltanschauung.听 Existential psychotherapy is concerned thematically with several aspects of human existence, including death and dying,听anxiety, freedom and responsibility, selfhood, willing and resolution, isolation, meaninglessness, sexuality and gender, and听transformation. Clients are not engaged contractually, nor are there any requirements to undertake specific behavioural听practices. Anyone wishing to pursue private counselling with Dr. Nicholls may contact him at听

BA (Nanjing); MA (Fudan); MA, PhD, (Alberta)听

Philosophy of law, logic, theory of knowledge, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, critical thinking

Phone:听604 527 5201



  • Contemporary Philosophical Anthropology, Liaoning. Liaoning People's Press, 1986, 146 pp. [This book provides a comprehensive听examination of the development of German philosophical anthropology after Max Scheler from biological, psychological,听religious, cultural, environmental and social perspectives. It also discusses the theoretical relationship of philosophical听anthropology with existentialism and phenomenology.
  • "Scientism, Technocracy" and Morality in China. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 30:2 (June 2003) 177-193
  • "Moral Responsibility of Business," p.160-190, Anthology of Frontier Thought in North America, San Wu Publishing House听(Beijing and Hong Kong, 1999)
  • "Central Issues in Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy," pp. 18, Anthology of Frontier Thought in North America, San听Wu Publishing House (Beijing and Hong Kong, 2000)
  • "Organizations and Agency," Legal Theory 1 (1995) 283-310. Co-authored with Roger Shiner
  • "Review of Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics by C.D.C. Reeve," Review of Metaphysics, September 1994
  • "Review of From Africa to Zen: An Invitation to World Philosophy, ed. by Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins," Canadian听Philosophical Reviews. Vol. XIV, No.2, April 1994, p.141-44
  • "Critical Note: Playing by the Rules - A Philosophical Examination of Rule-based Decision-Making in Law and in Life by听Frederick Schauer," Alberta Law Review, Volume XXXI, No.2, June, 1993, pp.443-53

Courses taught in Vancouver, Michigan, Alberta and Shanghai

Critical Thinking, Symbolic Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, History of Western Philosophy, Ethical听Theory, Applied Ethics, Professional Ethics, Introduction to Liberal Studies, Social and Political Philosophy, Continental听Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Sciences, and Chinese Philosophy.

BA (hons), MA (Alberta); PhD (British Columbia)

Social and political philosophy, ethics, biomedical ethics, nursing ethics, environmental ethics, humanities and critical听thinking听

Phone:听604 527 5207


Office: N3454, New Westminster

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