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Randal Robert Alexander Marlin

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:A.B. (Princeton), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3797
Office:3A56 Paterson Hall

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Note: Retired from full-time teaching (Associate Professor) in 2001.


Randal Marlin is Adjunct Professor in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University. His current focus of research activity is communication ethics, in particular the study of ethical dimensions of persuasion and propaganda. His most recent publication is Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (Broadview: August 1, 2002). A second edition is scheduled for the spring. He has also published articles on free speech issues and is active in civil liberties, and is past-president of the Civil Liberties Association, National Capital Region.

Research Interests

  • Jacques Ellul
  • Propaganda and communication ethics
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy of law

Select Publications


Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2002, 328 pp.)

The David Levine Affair (Halifax: Fernwood Books, 1998, 176 pp.)


Chapters in edited works:

“Cartesian Freedom and the Problem of the Mesland Letters,” in Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in honour of Robert F. McRae, edited by Georges J.D. Moyal and Stanley Tweyman; New York: Caravan Books, 1986.

“Censoring Pornography,” in Women and Public Policy. Reprints selected from Policy Options, and with an introduction by Doris Anderson, The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1987.

“Rawlsian Justice and Community Planning,” in Susan Hendler, Planning Ethics: a Reader in Planning Theory, Practice and Education, Rutgers University Press, 1995.

“Where There’s Smoke,” in Gillian Thomas, Words in Common: Essays on Language, Culture and Society”; Toronto, Addison Wesley Longman, August 1999 (Reprinted from Canadian Forum).

“The Muted Bugle: Self-Censorship and the Press,” in Klaus Petersen and Allan Hutchinson, eds., Interpreting Censorship in Canada, September 1999, University of Toronto Press.