Office: CLE B322
Hours: M T 10:00-11:00
Phone: (250) 721-7516
History: B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (University of Arizona), Associate Professor, has taught at the University of Arizona and joined this department in 2001.
Interests: Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Theory (Normative Theory), History of Moral and Social Thought, Feminist Philosophy, Ethical Theory (Metaethics).
- “Preventing Humanitarian Crises” in Larry May, ed. War and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press: 2008).
- “Culture as an Activity and Human Right: An Important Advance for Indigenous Peoples and International Law" Alternatives, Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples, 33 (2008).
- with Jeff Corntassel: “Who’s Sorry Now? Government Apologies, Truth Commissions and Indigenous Self-Determination in Australia, Canada, Guatemala and Peru” Human Rights Review 9:4 (July/September 2008).
- “Debating the Danish Cartoons: Civil Rights or Civil Power?”, UNB Law Journal 55 (2006), 179-185.
- “Self-Determination as a Universal Human Right”, Human Rights Review 7:4 (July-September 2006), 5-18 .
- “Rethinking Political Justification” Journal of Value Inquiry 30 (2005), 511-529.
- “Self-Determination as a Basic Human Right: The Draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” in Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, Avigail Eisenberg and Jeff Spinner-Halev, eds, (Cambridge University Press: 2004), pp 294-316.
- “Culture as a Basic Human Right” in Diversity and Equality: The Changing Framework of Freedom in Canada, Avigail Eisenberg, ed (University of British Columbia Press, 2005), pp. 170-208.
- Co-authored: “Indigenous Peoples and Multicultural Citizenship: Bridging the Gap Between Collective and Individual Rights”, Human Rights Quarterly 24:1 (February 2002), 126-151, with Jeff Corntassel, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria. Reprinted in Human Rights and the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social and Cultural, Jeanne M. Woods and Hope Lewis, eds. (Transnational Publishers: New York, 2005)
- “Are Patriarchal Cultures Really a Problem? Rethinking Objections from Cultural Viciousness”, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 12 (2002) 727-757.
- “Groups, Rights and Methodological Individualism: In Defense of Collectivist Rights”, in Social Philosophy Today, vol. 15: Cultural Integrity and World Community, Cheryl Hughes and Yeager Hudson, eds. (Edwin Mellen Press: 2000), pp 305 - 320.
- “Normativity and the Public Domain: Political Theory and Ethical Commitment”, Law Commission of Canada (Canada Communications Group: Ottawa, 1999).
Courses Currently Taught
As taught by Cindy HolderThis is an introductory course in the philosophy of law. The principal goal is to give students an overview of the central philosophical issues that arise in the generation, operation and application of laws. Issues considered will include: What distinguishes law as law? What makes an interpretation authoritative? What is it to have a right? Are there rights beyond what particular legal and political systems confer? What is the relationship between law and morality? What is the relationship between national and international law?