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Malcolm Murray

(902) 566-0575
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PhD (Waterloo)

I study ethical theory. The focus is on the definitions, concepts, and justifications for moral talk. Specifically, I study contractarian arguments that pretend to ground moral motivation on a picture of enlightened self-interest. A large chunk of this justification veers into game theory.


  • Malcolm Murray, The Atheist’s Primer (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2010).
  • Malcolm Murray, The Moral Wager: Evolution and Contract (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007).
  • Malcolm Murray (ed.), Liberty, Games and Contracts: Jan Narveson and the Defence of Libertarianism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).
  • Malcolm Murray and Nebosja Kujundzic, Critical Reflection: A Textbook in Critical Thinking (Montreal: McGill-Queens, 2005).
Book Chapters
  • "Rational Choice and Evolutionary Fit," in David Chan (ed.) Moral Psychology today: Essays on Values: Rational choice, and the Will (Dordrecht: springer (2008), ch. 13, 225-238
  • "Why Contractarians are not Libertarians ... Evolutionaryily Speaking," in Malcolm Murray (ed.) Liberty, Games, and Contracts (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), ch. 8, 115-127
  • "A Dialogue Concerning Liberty and Community," co-authored with Doug Mann, in doug Mann and Elijah Dann (eds) Philosophy: A New Introduction (Wadsworth, 2004) ch. 6, 531-538
  • "Suffering and Indifference," Kevin Dodson (ed.) Values in the Age of Globalization (available online).
  • "Lewd Propositions and Contractarianism," Kenneth Cust (ed.) 20th Century Values (available online).
Journal Papers
  • "Moral Hyperbole: Reflections on Moral Genealogy," Philosophy Study 2/2 (2012): 103-114
  • "Prejudice and Evolutionary Game Theory", Public Affairs Quarterly 24/2 (2010): 71-87
  • "Concerned Parties:  When Lack of Consent is Irrelevant," Public Affairs Quarterly, 18/2 (2004):  125-140"A Catalogue of Mistaken Preferences: Reflections on the Desired and the Desirable," International Journal of Philosophical Studies, forthcoming. Accepted for publication April 24, 2002
  • "Rousseau's Contributions to the Contractarian Tradition," The Dalhousie Review, Accepted March 20, 2002
  • "A Dialogue Concerning Liberty and Community," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, XL, 2, 2001, 255-277
  • "How to Blackmail a Contractarian," Public Affairs Quarterly, 13, 4, 1999, 347-361
  • "Homosexuals and the Adoption Question," The International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 13, 1, 1999, 105-111
  • "Helping: A Two-Tiered Baseline Theory," Cogito, 12, 1, 1998, 59-63
  • "Unconsidered Preferences," South African Journal of Philosophy, 17, 4, 1998, 346-353
  • "Diana Meyers: Self, Society, and Personal Choice," Book Review, Eidos, 8, 2, 1989, 247-254
Encyclopedia Entries
  • "Jan Narveson,"  Encyclopedia of Global Justice, S. Mohan Kumar (ed.) (Springer, 2011)
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