Benjamin L.S. Nelson (Ph.D, 2017) is a Canadian jurist and scholar of philosophy. He is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. He is a licenced paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario.

His research work is in the field of philosophy of law and the philosophy of the social sciences, centering on the notion of publicity in law. The Draughty Soul is his blog for thinking through tough issues on selected topics related to arts, law, ethics, cognition, and society. He is also a sketch hobbyist in his spare time.


Peer reviewed:

– “Hobbes’s third jurisprudence: legal pragmatism and the dualist menace,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 32(1) (Feb. 2020)
– “Secret law revisited,” Ratio Juris (Dec. 2019)

Public philosophy:

– “Making minds like ours,” The Philosopher’s Magazine (2014)