The Philosophy Department at Carleton University is home to an active research community. Members of the department publish in various subdisciplines of philosophy, including philosophy of mind and language, theoretical and practical ethics, feminist philosophy, the history of philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and other areas. Over half of our permanent faculty members hold external research grants. In the last couple of years, department members have published books with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Rowman and Littlefield, and MIT Press. Philosophy students at Carleton often have the opportunity to engage in advanced research, in collaboration with and under the mentorship of faculty members.

Many department members are involved in interdisciplinary and collaborative research; we have close working relationships with colleagues in Cognitive Science, English, the School for Studies in Art and Culture, the College of the Humanities, Sociology/Anthropology, and Political Science, among other units. The department is also home to Carleton University’s Centre on Ethics and Values, an interdisciplinary research centre that takes advantage of Carleton’s location in the national capital by fostering conversations about issues in ethics and public policy between academics and members of the public sector.

Achieved in 2021

Research Grants (awarded beginning 2021):

Melissa Frankel

FASS Mid-Career Research grant, “Dreams in Early Modern Philosophy”: 10,000 CDN

Annie Larivée

FASS Mid-career research grant. Project: “The Return of Philosophy as a Way of Life?
Comparative Analysis of Five Conceptions of Philosophy in Antiquity” ($10,000)

FASS 2021, Special COVID-19 Research assistantship grant, Carleton University ($2,000)

SaPP, Student as Partner Program, assistantship grant, Carleton University ($2,000)

Articles, Book Chapters, and Reviews

Kyla Bruff

“The Problem of the Organic State in F.W.J. Schelling’s Identity Philosophy,” Comenius Jahrbuch 29, 2021.

Gabriele Contessa

‘On the Mitigation of Inductive Risk’, European Journal of Philosophy of Science,11: 1–14, 2021. [Refereed]

Eros Corazza

On the Pragmatics and Cognition of Naming. Newcastle upon Tyne UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (i-xiii + 137 pg.). ISBN: 1-5275-6931-4; ISBN13: 978-1-5275-6931-7, 2021

“The ‘I’ in the Monad: Leibniz and the Essential Indexical”.
The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts 2 (2): 147-64 (DOI 10.30687/Jolma/2723-9640/2021/02/005), 2021

“Frege’s Legacy in the Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind”. In P. Stalmaszczyk (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press: 124-38, 2021

“On Anaphors Linked to Names used Metaphorically”. Organon F 28 (1): 253-68 (, 2021

Gordon Davis

“Medium of many Messages: Roles of Aesthetic Discourse in Philosophy and Religion”, in A. Peetush & S. Sikka (eds), Asian Philosophies and the Idea of Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Philosophy of Religion (Routledge 2021)

Jay Drydyk

With Indrani Sigamany. Char Dwellers’ Right to Development. In Living on the Edge: Towards Integrated and Inclusive Development in Bangladesh, ed. Mustafa Alam and Mohammad Zaman, pp. 57-72. New York: Springer, 2021.

With Lori Keleher. Development Ethics in Policy and Practice. In Handbook of Development Policy, ed. Habib Zafarullah & Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, pp. 126-36. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2021.

Healthy enough? A Capability Approach to Sufficiency and Equality. Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy 5 (2021): 18-34.

Jay Drydyk (2021) Capability and Oppression. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 22/4 (2021): 527-550.

Christine Koggel

Empowerment with Dr. Christine Koggel & Saji Prelis, Center for Values in International Development, Ethical Development Series Interview. Washington, DC, December 30, 2021.

Annie Larivée

2021 “What Happened to the Philosopher-Queens? On the ‘Disappearance’ of Female Rulers in Plato’s Statesman,” J. Allard, I. Chouinard, Z. McConaughey, R. Noël, A. Ramos (eds.), Women’s Perspectives on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, ‘Logic, Argumentation and Reasoning’ series, Springer, 61-90. Peer-reviewed.

2021. “Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius: Education as the Philosophical Art of Living,” A History of Philosophy of Education in Antiquity, vol. I of the series A History of Western Philosophy of Education, D.Hansen, M. Laverty and A. Mintz (eds.), London, Bloomsbury Press, 202-33. Invited chapter.

Presented Talks:

Kyla Bruff

“The Role of the State in Schelling’s Political Philosophy,” Panel: The Politics of German Idealism, Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, St. John’s, Canada, October 15, 2021.

Gabriele Contessa

‘Radical Disagreement in Economics: The Case of Modern Monetary Theory’, International Network for Economic Method Bi-Annual Conference, Tempe, AZ, November 2021. [Online Presentation] [Refereed]

‘Public Trust in Science: A Social Approach’, Università di Pavia, December 2021.

Melissa Frankel

“Idealism and Dreaming,” Québec-Ontario Philosophy Conference, University of Québec-Montreal (host) (November 2021)

Annie Larivée

2021. “Philosophy as a ‘way of life’ or as an ‘art of life’? Hadot and Foucault on ancient philosophy” Annual conference of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy (CSCP/SCPC), Memorial University, October. Invited plenary speaker

2021. “Clearing up the confusion between art of life and way of life: A challenge to Hadot’s main interpretive concept,” Philosophy as an Art of Life Symposium. H. Telo & M. Faustino (organisers), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, November (online). Invited talk.

2021. “Education and the Art of Life in Late Stoicism,” Philosophy and Education Colloquium Series, Megan Lafferty (organiser), Teacher’s College, Columbia University, on zoom, March 23. Invited talk\

David Matheson

“A Naturalist’s Perspective on Meaning in Religious Pursuits.” Canadian
Philosophical Association, University of Alberta, 2021