My dissertation is in the philosophy of law, and specifically on the unpublished aspects of positive law.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, and in particular to be able to be rational and considerate when faced with rational critique. To that end, I am both an independent course instructor in philosophy and an active blogger. Once upon a time I was a blogger at Talking Philosophy magazine, 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 Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Brian Orend, and have achieved ABD status. 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. A handful of my research papers can be found at my profile (here). I also make use of Quora.


This is Benjamin Nelson's professional blogging space, where he showcases his professional vitals, and posts about his research.


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