My dissertation is in the philosophy of law, and specifically on the unwritten part of positive law. (Click here to read my prospectus.) In addition, I am working on projects in meta-ethics, the ethics of autonomy, the pragmatics of speech acts, the epistemology of intuitions, and the philosophy of the social sciences. A unifying feature of most of this work is the idea of tacit normativity.

I believe that the health and well-being of the citizens of the future will require them to successfully learn philosophical theories and methods. To that end, I am both an independent course instructor in philosophy. Once upon a time I was an active blogger, and at least on some occasions my blogging has received attention in the press (New York Times, Daily Beast, 3 Quarks Daily).

I hold an Honors Bachelor in philosophy (with sociology) from Western. I am currently pursuing a doctorate from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Brian Orend. As part of my doctorate I have earned a diploma in cognitive science and a diploma in teaching university level courses, as well as a departmental teaching award.

I can be reached by email at bsnelson at or by posting on this blog. CV is not online, but is available upon request.