Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Seymour.jpgMichel Seymour

Department of Philosophy
Université de Montréal
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Michel Seymour is full Professor of Philosophy at the Université of Montréal. He teaches contemporary Anglo-American philosophy with a particular interest in philosophy of language and political philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from the Université of Québec at Trois-Rivières in 1986. He was a recognized student at Oxford University in 1982-1983. He spent two years at UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow and was appointed at the Université de Montréal in 1990 as the holder of a Canada Research Scholarship.

He has published Profession : philosophe (2006), L'institution du langage (2004), Le Pari de la démesure. L'intransigeance canadienne face au Québec (2001), La nation en question (1999) and Pensée, langage et communauté (1994). He is currently finishing a book entitled De la tolérance à la reconnaissance : une Théorie libérale des droits collectifs scheduled for release with Boréal in 2008.

He has edited The Fate of the Nation-state (2004), États-nations, multinations et organisations supranationales (2002), Nationalité, citoyenneté et solidarité (1999) and Une nation peut-elle se donner la constitution de son choix? (1995). He is also co-editor of Reason and Emancipation. Essays on the philosophy of Kai Nielsen (2007) and Rethinking Nationalism (1998). He has published many articles in international journals, including the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Dialectica, The Monist, Nations and Nationalism and Inquiry.

Among his recent papers in English : "Secession as a Remedial Right", forthcoming in Inquiry (Fall 2007); "Collective Rights in Multination States: from Ethical Individualism to the Law of Peoples", in The Fate of the Nation-State, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004; "Nation-states, national minorities and the draft treaty", in Francesca Astengo and Nanette Neuwhal (eds), A Constitution for Europe? Governance and policy-making in the European Union, Chaire Jean-Monnet, Université de Montréal, 2004; "Rethinking political recognition", in Gagnon, Guibernau and Rocher (eds.), Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies, IRPP, 2003; "Quebec and Canada at the Crossroads: A Nation within a Nation", Nations and Nationalism, 2000 ; "On Redefining the Nation", The Monist, 1999; "Introduction : Questioning the Ethnic / Civic Dichotomy" in Rethinking Nationalism, Supplementary Volume of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 1998.


  • Collective rights in multination states
  • Nation-states and national minorities
  • Governance and policy-making in the European Union
  • Rethinking political recognition
  • Conditions of diversity in multinational democracies
  • Philosophy of language