Kyle Johannsen

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Arts and Science

  • B.A., York
  • M.A., York
  • Ph.D., Queen’s
Specializations / Research Interests

Social and Political Philosophy, Animal and Environmental Ethics

Personal Website


Kyle Johannsen is primarily interested in social and political philosophy, and in animal and environmental ethics. His first monograph – A Conceptual Investigation of Justice – was published with Routledge in 2018, and his second monograph - Wild Animal Ethics: The Moral and Political Problem of Wild Animal Suffering was published with Routledge in 2021. Though many political philosophers and ethicists have the intuition that we should leave nature alone, Johannsen argues that we have a duty to research safe ways of providing large-scale assistance to wild animals. In Wild Animal Ethics, he explores how a collective, institutional obligation to assist wild animals should be understood. Among other things, Johannsen’s currently guest-editing a topical collection for the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics entitled ‘Positive Duties to Wild Animals.’