Anthony Skelton


Associate Professor
Graduate Placement Officer

History of Ethics, Normative Ethics, Practical Ethics
BA Manitoba; MA Dalhousie; PhD Toronto

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87953
Office: Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), Room 7178

My primary research interests are in moral philosophy and its history. I have written on Sidgwick and related figures, the nature of well-being, and, more recently, achievement and adolescent consent.

I am happy to supervise dissertations in the history of ethics from Kant onwards, in contemporary normative ethics, including value theory, and in meta-ethics, especially in moral epistemology.

Recent Publications


Sidgwick's Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Bioethics in Canada, second edition (with C. Weijer eds). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2019.


“Overriding Adolescent Refusals of Treatment" (with Lisa Forsberg & Isra Black), Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (forthcoming). 

"Mandating Vaccination," (with Lisa Forsberg). In The Ethics of Pandemics, ed. Meredith Celene Schwartz (Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2020), 131-134. 

"Practical Ethics in Sidgwick and Kant." In Kantian and Sidgwickian Ethics: The Cosmos of Duty Above and the Moral Law Within, eds. Tyler Paytas & Tim Henning (New York: Routledge, 2020), 13-39.

"Achievement and Enhancement," (with Lisa Forsberg). In Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (2020), 322-338.

"The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism". In Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2):137-146 (2016).


"Late Utilitarian Moral Theory and Its Development: Sidgwick, Moore". In J. A. Shand (ed.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 281-310 (2019).

"Children and Wellbeing". In Anca Gheaus, Gideon Calder & Jurgen De Wispelaere (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 90-100 (2018).