B.A., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Bristol)
PROFESSOR & QUEEN'S NATIONAL SCHOLAR
Colin is on sabbatical for the 2013/14 academic year and will be Visiting Professor in the Department of Public Policy at UCLA.
Colin is a political theorist and philosopher and a Queen's National Scholar. In addition to teaching at Queen’s University, Colin has held the positions of Visiting Professor in UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, Visitor in Oxford’s Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences, as well as permanent academic appointments at Waterloo University, Manchester University and the University of Birmingham. He has published 4 books and over 40 papers in academic journals in political science, philosophy, law, science and medicine.
More than 2000 years ago Aristotle described politics as a normative practical science. He believed that politics was the most authoritative of all the sciences (prescribing which sciences ought to be studied) because the central concern of politics is the good of humans. This ancient conception of the discipline inspires Colin’s current research which integrates ethics and political philosophy with the empirical findings of evolutionary biology, genetics and psychology. Aspiring to help bridge the gap between the biological sciences and political theory, Colin is interested in how our species’ evolutionary history impacts (for better and worse) our ability to flourish, as both individuals and collectively as societies. He has published on a diverse array of topics, including the health challenges posed by population aging, the creation and evolution of patriarchy, virtue jurisprudence, play and politics, freedom of expression, judicial review, non-ideal theory, deliberative democracy, nanotechnology, gender selection, a citizen’s basic income and economic incentives.
Virtue Jurisprudence (co-edited with Lawrence Solum) (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008).
Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).
An Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory (London: Sage Publications, 2004).
Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader (editor) (London: Sage Publications, 2004).
JOURNAL ARTICLES (from the past decade of research)
“Empirical Ethics and the Duty to Extend the Biological Warranty Period” (forthcoming) Social Philosophy and Policy.
“Play and Politics” (forthcoming) Journal of Political Science Education .
“Normative Theorizing about Genetics” (forthcoming) Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics .
“Why the NIH Should Create an Institute of Positive Biology” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
“Biogerontology and the Intellectual Virtues” Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences
“Positive Biology” as a New Paradigm for the Medical Sciences” Nature’s EMBO Reports
“Virtue Epistemology and the “Epistemic Fitness” of Democracy” Political Studies Review
“Patriarchy and Historical Materialism” Hypatia
“Global Aging, Well-Ordered Science and Prospection” Rejuvenation Research
“Equality and the Duty to Retard Human Aging” Bioethics
“Why Aging Research?” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
“Mind the Gap: Senescence and Beneficence” Public Affairs Quarterly
“Framing the Inborn Aging Process and Longevity Science” Biogerontology
“Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Reproductive Freedom, and Deliberative Democracy” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
“Towards a More Inclusive Vision of the Medical Sciences” QJM: An International Journal of Medicine
“Genetic Justice Must Track Genetic Complexity” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
“Aging Research, Priorities and Aggregation” Public Health Ethics
“Has the Time Come to Take on Time Itself?” British Medical Journal
“The Case for Re-thinking Incest Laws” Journal of Medical Ethics
“3 Wishes” Journal of Evolution and Technology
“A Tale of Two Strategies: The Moral Imperative to Tackle Ageing” Nature’s EMBO Reports
“The Institutional Theory of Legal Interpretation” University of Toronto Law Journal
“Gene Patents and Justice” Journal of Value Inquiry
“Justice in Ideal Theory: A Refutation” Political Studies
“Sufficiency, Justice and the Pursuit of Health- Extension” Rejuvenation Research
“Preparing for Our Enhanced Future” Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline
“Virtue Ethics and Prenatal Genetic Enhancement” Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology
“Civic Liberalism and the ‘Dialogical Model’ of Judicial Review” Law and Philosophy
“Dualism, Incentives and the Demands of Rawlsian Justice” Canadian Journal of Political Science
“Historical Materialism and Supervenience” Philosophy of the Social Sciences
“Justice in the Genetically Transformed Society” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
“Making Deliberative Democracy a More Practical Political Ideal” European Journal of Political Theory
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