Marc Ramsay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Phone: (902) 585-1261

Research Interests

My primary research areas are political philosophy and philosophy of law. My work in philosophy of law concerns both constitutional law and private law. Within private law, my current research concerns the ways in which a person's religion and culture affect their rights and duties in the law of torts. My work in constitutional law is focused on rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, as well as the issue of judicial review. I am concerned with the degree to which a commitment to multiculturalism might be thought to require a weakening of our commitment to free expression, an imposition of additional restraints on offensive or insensitive speech. I am also concerned with whether our commitment to freedom of religion provides parents with a constitutional objection to forms of public education that seek to foster critical reflection and appreciation of diversity. The question of judicial review concerns the legitimacy of the courts as institutions with the authority to resolve these controversial issues. Many fundamentalist religious parents claim that such programs violate their rights to religious freedom. More generally, my work in political philosophy is concerned with the moral foundations of liberal democracy and the efforts of so-called political liberals to provide non-controversial justifications for political priority of the liberal rights and freedoms.

Selected Publications

"Liberalism and the Prevention of Evil:  A Response to Kekes” in Dialogue Vol. XLII, No. 3 (Summer 2003): 481-498.

“Pluralism and Gray’s ‘Liberal Syndrome’” in Social Theory and Practice 28.4 (2002): 553-576.

 “Political Liberalism and Moral Education: Reflections on Mozert v. Hawkins” in Taking Responsibility For Children, eds Samantha Brennan and Robert Noggle. Laurier UP,2007.