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Jay Drydyk

Social and political philosophy; Interntional development ethics; Kant, Hegel, Marx, Sen, Nussbaum

Degrees:B.A. (Chicago), M.A. (Notre Dame), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3824
Office:3A64 Paterson Hall


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Courses for 2020-21:

  • EPAF 6100:  Public Reason 1


Jay Drydyk is interested in how human rights, justice, and democracy can be understood from global and cross-cultural perspectives. With Peter Penz, he co-edited Global Justice, Global Democracy, which explores the meanings of ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’ in the face of globalization. Working with colleagues in India, he has studied ethical risks that arise when development displaces people and their communities. His current project, Global Ethics, Capabilities, and Human Rights, examines the capacity of diverse moral outlooks to reach agreement on practical conclusions, including the right to development. He won a Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award in 2002. He is currently President of the International Development Ethics Association. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.

Research Interests

  • Development Ethics
  • Global ethics
  • Human rights
  • Moral communication

Select Publications


Displacement by Development: Ethics and Responsibilities, with Peter Penz and Pablo Bose. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Books Edited

Human Rights: India and the West, co-edited with Ashwani Peetush. New Delhi: Oxford University Press – India. Forthcoming. Chapters authored:

  • Introduction, co-authored with Ashwani Peetush. 5135 words.
  • Two Concepts of Overlapping Consensus.  8125 words.

Global Justice, Global Democracy; Prospects for a New Internationalism, co-edited with G. Peter Penz.  Halifax:  Fernwood, 1997.  Chapters authored:

  • “Introduction:  Towards a New Internationalism” (with Peter Penz),1-18.
  • “Globalization and Human Rights,” 159-183.
  • “Conclusion:  Globalizing Socialism” (with Peter Penz), 271-89.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

Empowerment, Agency, and Power. Journal of Global Ethics 9/3 (December 2013): 249-262.

Foundational Issues: How Must Global      Ethics be Global? Journal of Global Ethics 10/1 (April 2014): 1-10.

Global Ethics. Understanding Ethics, ed. Vibha Chaturvedi and Pragati Sahni (Delhi: Macmillan Education India), forthcoming 2013, 3980 words.

Ethics and the ‘Climate Migrants’. Ethics, Policy, and Environment 16/1 (Spring 2013): forthcoming, 13 pages.

A Capability Approach to Justice as a Virtue. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15/1 (January 2012): 23-38.

Responsible Pluralism, Capabilities, and Human Rights. Journal of Human Development, Special Issue on Human Rights, 12/1 (February 2011): 39-61. Reprinted in . Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach; An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, ed. Diane Elson, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, and Polly Vizard (New York: Routledge, 2011).

“Participation, Empowerment, and Democracy: Three Fickle Friends,” in New Directions in Development Ethics: Essays in Honor of Denis Goulet, (Notre Dame, Indiana, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), 333-356.

Responsible Pluralism, Capabilities, and Human Rights. Journal of Human Development, Special Issue on Human Rights, 12/1 (February 2011): 39-61.

Recent Graduate Supervisions

M.A. Research Essay Shannon Brown, On Vigilant Action and Active Vigilance: Three Postdevelopment Arguments versus Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach, April 2006.

M.A. Research Essay Scott Douris, A Theory of Justice and Empowerment, August 2007

M.A. Research Essay Nikan Omidi Langroudi, Constituent Accountability: Legitimizing Participatory Development Efforts, May 2010

M.A. Thesis Josephine Nielsen, Broadening Multicultural Theory: Addressing Horizontal Inequalities and the Need for Group Mobilization, August 2011.

M.A. Research Essay Michael Randall Barnes, Exploited Workers in Developing Countries and Fairness in International Trade and Labour, September 2011

M.A. Thesis Ali Ramezani, Aging with Dignity, September 2011.