About Me

I am an Associate Professor at Nipissing University in North Bay, with a cross-appointment in Philosophy and Political Science.  My doctorate and most of my teaching, however, are in Philosophy.  I completed my dissertation in 2008 at Fordham University in New York and subsequently taught at the University of Winnipeg.  I have been at Nipissing University since 2010.  I am currently the Program Co-ordinator for Philosophy.

My research concerns two clusters of issues: (1) materialist social theory (Marx, early Frankfurt School, Habermas, etc.); and (2) the articulation and defence of an ethical, and associated metaethical, theory compatible with materialist social theory. Some of my work has pursued either the first or the second theme on its own; in other places, I have tried to develop the links between them.  In particular, my most recent work has involved the articulation and defence of a form of contractualism centred on the pursuit of actual agreement in the specific, non-ideal conditions of our existing social world.


‘First-Personal Moral Testimony: A Defence,’ Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 23: 1 (2020): 163-179

‘Bourgeois Illusions: Axel Honneth and the Ruling Ideas of Capitalist Societies’ in Axel Honneth and the Critical Theory of Recognition, edited by Volker Schmitz.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

‘Materialism in Critical Theory: Marx and the Early Horkheimer’ in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Theory, edited by Michael J. Thompson.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

‘Contractualism and the Right to Strike,’ Res Publica 23: 1 (2017): 81-98

‘Actual Agreement Contractualism,’ Dialogue 54: 3 (2015): 519-539

‘Protest, Parasitism, and Community: Reflections on the Boycott,’ Social Philosophy Today 31: 7 (2015): 7-22

‘Going Social with Constitutivism,’ The Philosophical Forum 46: 2 (2015): 205-215

‘Habermas on Peace and Democratic Legitimacy’ in The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought, eds. Toivo Koivokoski and David Edward Tabachnick.  Wilfred Laurier Press, 2014

‘Bullshit, Social Integration, and Political Legitimation: Habermasian Reflections,’ Dialogue 50: 1 (2011): 117-140

The Idolatry of the Actual: Habermas, Socialization, and the Possibility of Autonomy.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2011; paperback, 2012

‘Labour, Exchange, and Recognition: Marx contra Honneth,’ Philosophy and Social Criticism 35: 8 (2009): 935-959