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Papers presented at Conferences and Colloquia

  • ‘Human Flourishing, the Rule of Law, and the Judicialization of Politics’, TRS Allan Conference, Sherbrooke/Queen’s, September 2022.

  • ‘Feminism and Egalitarianism: Socialist Hopes for the Happy Couple’, Bayreuth-Rotterdam Colloquium in Political Philosophy (Zoom), 22 June 2021.

  • ‘The Demands of Equality’, University of Arizona Centre for Philosophy of Freedom Conference, Social Philosophy & Policy: What Does Egalitarianism Require? (Zoom) 28-29 May 2021.

  • 'What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, Department of Philosophy University of Warwick, 5 May 2020 (deferred to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic).

  • ‘If Jerry Cohen was an Egalitarian, how come he was an Analytical Marxist?’ Fellows Colloquium, All Souls College, 19 May 2020 (deferred to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic).

  • ‘The Egalitarian Ideal’, Guest Lecture, Ralph Miliband Programme, London School of Economics, 27 May 2020 (deferred to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic).

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, Department of Philosophy Durham University 16 June 2020 (deferred to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic).

  • ‘Children in the work of Mary Midgley’ part of the ‘Poetry and Philosophy in Conversation Biscuit Tin Project’ in honour of the life and work of Mary Midgley, colloquium with poet Helen Humphreys, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, 16 January 2020.

  • ‘No-Bullshit Marxism or If Jerry Cohen was an egalitarian, how come he was an analytical philosopher?’ G.A. Cohen’s Political Thought Workshop, Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, December 2019.

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, Social Justice Theory Workshop, Social Justice Centre (Concordia University) and the Centre de Recherche en Ethique (Universite de Montreal), 29-30 August 2019.

  • ‘Law and the Socialist Ideal’, Oxford-Queen’s Politics/Philosophy/Law Workshop, St. John’s College, Oxford, 10-11 June 2019

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, Queen’s Political Philosophy Reading Group, 27 March 2019.

  • ‘Socialism, Equality and Human Flourishing’ Department of Philosophy, Havana University, Cuba, 3 December 2018.

  • ‘Equality, Individuality, and the Lessons of 1968,’ Prague Spring –Envisioning Emancipation Interdisciplinary Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic, 2 November 2018.

  • ‘Cultural Heritage, Human Flourishing and Social Justice,’ Opportunity Knocks, National Trust National Conference, Fredericton, N.B., 19 October 2018.

  • ‘Nimbyism and Public Bads’ Saturday Club, Queen’s University, 5 October 2018.

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, University of Melbourne Legal Theory Workshop, May 2018.

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Equality of Opportunity’, Moral, Social and Political Theory Seminar Series, Department of Philosophy, Australian National University, May 2018.

  • ‘NIMBYism and Public Bads, or If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re a NIMBY?’ Department of Philosophy Seminar Series, University of Sydney, May 2018.

  • ‘NIMBYism and Public Bads, or If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re a NIMBY?’ School of Politics and International Relations Seminar Series, Australian National University, May 2018.

  • ‘Cultural Heritage, Social Justice and Human Flourishing,’ Ban Righ Speaker Series, Queen’s University, October 2017.

  • ‘Cultural Heritage and the Marxist Critique of Law,’ Law with Class: Symposium in Honour of Harry Glasbeek, Osgoode Law School, Toronto, June 2017.

  • ‘Flourishing Children, Flourishing Adults: Families, Equality and the Neutralism-Perfectionism Debate,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, March 2017.

  • ‘Lessons from Dystopia,’ Philosophy and Literature Seminar, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Warwick University, February 2016.

  • ‘What can egalitarians learn from conservatives?’ Saturday Club (forum for distinguished Queen’s faculty), October 2015.

  • ‘Equality and Flourishing: Families and the Neutralist-Perfectionist Debate,’ panel on Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift, Family Values, European Consortium of Political Research, Montreal, August 2015.

  • ‘Equality and Flourishing: Families, Education and the Neutralist-Perfectionist Debate,’ Philosophy Seminar, Institute of Education, University College London, May 2015.

  • ‘Equality and Flourishing: Families and the Neutralist-Perfectionist Debate,’ Political Theory Workshop, Nuffield College, Oxford, May 2015.

  • ‘Conversation and Conservatism: Oakeshott, Perfectionism and Equality,’ Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain annual conference, New College, Oxford, March 2015.

  • 'Bottlenecks to Flourishing and the ‘Road Less Travelled’ in Political Philosophy,’ Invited speaker, ‘Bottlenecks: A New Equality Theory’ panel at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, April 2014.

  • ‘Liberalism, Marxism, Equality and Living Well,’ Invited speaker, ‘Marxism and Liberalism’ Conference, British Marx and Philosophy Society, University of London, U.K., June 2013.

  • ‘Equality and the Public Good: Local and Global,’ Political Philosophy Reading Group, Philosophy Department, Queen’s University, 27 November 2013.

  • ‘Criminalising the Incorrect: Human Rights Commissions, Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law,’ invited speaker, Criminalisation Conference, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, September 8, 2010.

  • ‘Human Flourishing and Equality,’ Institute of Education, University of London, U.K., 21 January 2009.

  • ‘Begging,’ Queen’s Political Theory Society’ (undergraduate organisation), January 2009.

  • ‘A New Approach to Equality’ invited speaker at University of Waterloo Colloquium Series, October, 2008.

  • ‘A New Approach to Equality,’ Conference on ‘Liberal Neutrality: A Re-evaluation,’ Centre de Recherche en Ethique de l'Université de Montréal, May 1-2, 2008.

  • ‘Right Answers and True Commitments: Democracy and Judicial Review’ Canadian Philosophy Association Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, May 2007.

  • ‘Equality and the Public Good: Local and Global,’ invited speaker, Symposium on Compatriot Preference, Windermere Manor, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, September 2006.

  • ‘The Use and Abuse of Equality,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, November 2005.

  • ‘The Use and Abuse of Equality,’ Equal Opportunity Workshop, European Consortium for Political Research, Granada, Spain April 2005.

  • ‘Begging,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, January 2005.

  • ‘William Morris and the Aesthetic Road to Equality,’ William Morris Society, Toronto, October 2004.

  • ‘Development and Human Progress,’ Forum on Development organised by Philosophy DSC/AMS, Queen’s University, January 2003.

  • ‘What Equality Is and Is Not’ Department of Political Studies Colloquium, Queen’s University, February 2003.

  • ‘Begging,’ Political Philosophy Reading Group, July 2003.

  • ‘Whither Marxism?’ Philosophy Club, Queen’s University, October 2003.

  • ‘What Equality Is and Is Not,’ Political Theory Workshop, Nuffield College, Oxford, February 2002.

  • ‘Sidgwick on Justice,’ Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford, February 2002.

  • ‘Equality and Human Flourishing,’ Politics Seminar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, February 2002.

  • ‘From Marxism to Liberalism (and Back Again),’ panel on G.A. Cohen’s political philosophy at the Canadian Philosophy Association Annual Meetings, Laval University, Quebec City, May 2001.

  • ‘The Civility of Law: Between Public and Private,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, January 2000.

  • ‘The Culture of Citizenship,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, February 1999.

  • ‘Race, Culture and the Egalitarian Conscience,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, November 1997.

  • ‘‘‘I’m So Glad I’m a Beta’ Race, Culture and the Egalitarian Conscience,’ Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, May 1997.

  • ‘Egalitarian Perfectionism,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, February 1997.

  • ‘Egalitarian Perfectionism: the Case of William Morris,’ Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop, University of Toronto Law School, 22 November 1996.

  • ‘Impartiality after Difference,’ Citizenship and Multiculturalism Workshop sponsored by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Toronto, March 1996.

  • 'William Morris's Perfectionist Egalitarianism,’ William Morris Centenary Conference, Exeter College, Oxford, 27-30 June 1996.

  • ‘Nationality and Equality,’ invited speaker at Cerberus Society, Balliol College, Oxford, Spring 1995.

  • ‘Equality after Difference,’ invited speaker at Philosophy Society, Keele University, March 1995.

  • ‘Impartiality after Difference,’ invited speaker at Philosophy Department, Stirling University, March 1995.

  • ‘Impartiality after Difference,’ invited speaker at Centre for Criminology and the Social and Philosophical Study of Law, Edinburgh University, March 1995.

  • ‘Impartiality after Difference,’ invited speaker at St. Andrew's University, March 1995.

  • ‘Nationality and Equality after Communism,’ invited speaker at Political Theory Workshop, Nuffield College, Oxford, February 1995.

  • ‘Nationalism and Equality,’ invited speaker, Philosophy Society, Reading University, February 1995.

  • ‘Death in Utopia: Marxism and the Mortal Self,’ invited speaker at the Political Philosophy Paper Series, University of Toronto, March 1994.

  • ‘Some Disquiet About Difference,’ Queen's Philosophy Colloquium, October 1992.

  • ‘Social Justice and Legal Form,’ commissioned paper for symposium on David Dyzenhaus, Hard Cases and Wicked Legal Systems, at Canadian Philosophical Association, Annual Meeting, Charlottetown, May 1992.

  • ‘Some Disquiet about Difference,’ invited speaker at ‘Explorations in Difference,’ Law and Literary Studies Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 19-21 March 1992.

  • ‘Justice, Community and the Antinomies of Feminist Theory,’ invited speaker at Legal Theory Workshop, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, January 1992.

  • ‘Fear of Death: Mortality and Modernity in Political Philosophy,’ Canadian Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, Kingston, June 1991.

  • ‘How Seriously Should We Take Rights?’ Canadian Philosophy Association, Annual Meeting, Kingston, May 1991.

  • with David Bakhurst, ‘On the Socio-Cultural Nature of the Subject: Towards a Dialogue between Western and Soviet Philosophy,’ invited speakers, Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, May 1991.

  • ‘Rights, Community and the Charter,’ British Association of Canadian Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, April 1991.

  • ‘Rights and Community, Feminism and Social Justice,’ invited guest speaker at the Legal and Social Philosophy Association (U.K.) annual conference, Law and Socialism, University of Bristol, April 1991.

  • ‘On Socialist Legality,’ invited speaker, Jurisprudence Seminar, Department of Law, Carleton University, 22 February 1991.

  • ‘The Idea of Socialist Law,’ Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, 26 November 1990.

  • ‘Justice, Community and the Crisis in Feminist Theory,’ Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, B.C., June 1990.

  • ‘The Crisis in Feminist Theory,’ Faculty Course Group, Department of Communication, U.C.S.D., January 1990.

  • ‘In Defence of Justice,’ Department of Political Science, U.C.S.D., January 1989.

  • ‘Overriding Rights,’ Department of Political Science, McGill University, 7 March 1988.

  • ‘Justice and the Sources of Socialist Law,’ invited speaker, ‘Rights in Society’ Conference, Socialist Philosophy Group, Fabian Society, St. Mary's College, Richmond, England, 3-5 July 1987.

  • ‘Rights in a Socialist Society,’ invited speaker, Left Lunch faculty discussion group, University of Leeds, 3 December 1986.

  • ‘Egoism, Altruism and Rights as Trumps: Socialist Circumstances of Justice,’ invited speaker, Political Theory Seminar, Department of Government, University of Manchester, 24 October 1986.

  • ‘Consent, Self-Government and Obligation,’ International Political Science Association, World Congress, Paris, July 1985.

  • ‘Constitutional Change and the Malaise of the Canadian Welfare State,’ Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Guelph, Ontario, June 1984.

Commentaries          

  • ‘Law’s Relations: Wellbeing and Autonomy,’ Symposium in Honour of Jennifer Nedelsky, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, October 2017.

  • Ted Bond, ‘The Nation-State as a Source of Conflict,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, October 2002.

  • Jennifer Parks, ‘Keeping Abreast of Silcone Implants,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, February 2001.

  • Bonnie Honig, ‘Democracy and Foreignness,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, March 2001.

  • Will Kymlicka, ‘Enlightenment Nationalism,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, February 1999.

  • David Dyzenhaus, ‘Judging the Judges and Ourselves,’ Ontario Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, Queen’s University, October 1998.

  • Janna Thompson, ‘Historical Obligations,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, October 1998.

  • Ted Bond, ‘Puritanism and Evil,’ Queen’s Philosophy Colloquium, October 1997.

  • D. Dyzenhaus, ‘Hermann Heller and the Legitimacy of Legality,’ Queen's Philosophy Colloquium, September 1995.

  • G. Tamas, ‘Ethno-anarchism,’ Queen's Philosophy Colloquium, February 1994.

  • Eva Feder Kittay, ‘Equality, Rawls and the Dependency Critique,’ Queen's Philosophy Colloquium, October 1993.

  • Panelist, Group of Inter-disciplinary Legal Studies (GILS) Colloquium, Queen's University, February 1991.

  • Eleanor MacDonald, ‘The Trouble with Subjects,’ Philosophy Department Colloquium, Queen's University, November 1990.

  • Avigail Eisenberg, ‘Liberalism and Pluralism,’ Canadian Political Science Annual Meeting, Victoria, June 1990.

  • Panelist at Concluding Forum, Women and Media Conference, San Diego, California, 12 May 1990.

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