History of Ethics
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, 7178
London, Ontario, Canada
(519) 661-2111 x87953
Acting Director – Rotman Institute of Philosophy; Associate Professor;
Department of Philosophy, Western University
Anthony Skelton is currently associate professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on issues in moral philosophy and practical ethics. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2005, where he wrote a dissertation under the direction of Wayne Sumner. In 2004-2005 he was Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. In 2012-13, he was Visiting Scholar at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. In 2015, he was a visiting researcher at Fondation Broucher. He received the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll Certificate in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.
In normative ethics, my research focus has been the nature of well-being, especially the nature of children’s well-being, and (more recently) the ethics of adolescent refusals of life-prolonging medical treatment and of so-called (biomedical) “enhancement”. I am currently working on a paper on the ways in which pain and pleasure differ axiologically and on a paper on well-being methodology. My long-term ambition is to work out a view about the relationship between the philosophy and the science of well-being. I am the editor of the most up to date Canadian-focussed text book in bioethics, which is entitled Bioethics in Canada (second edition).
Three Accounts of Cognitivist Internalism Undermined.
Reasoning Towards Utilitarianism: Learning from Sidgwick
Bioethics in Canada, eds., Charles Weijer, Anthony Skelton and Samantha Brennan (Oxford: University Press, 2013)
“Children’s Well-being: A Philosophical Analysis”, Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being, ed., Guy Fletcher, (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
“Two Conceptions of Children’s Welfare”, Journal of Practical Ethics (forthcoming).
“On Henry Sidgwick’s ‘My Station and its Duties’”, Ethics (forthcoming).
“Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children”, The Well-being of Children in Theory and Practice, eds., Alexander Bagattini and Colin McLeod (Springer, 2014).
“Sidgwick’s Argument for Utilitarianism and his Moral Epistemology: A Reply to David Phillips,” Revue d’études benthanmiennes 12 (2013).
“Utilitarian Practical Ethics: Sidgwick and Singer”, Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, Politics, eds., P. Bucolo, R. Crisp and B. Schultz (Catania: University of Catania Press, 2011), 592-633.
“Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore”, Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing, ed., Thomas Hurka (Oxford: University Press, 2011), 45-65.
“Henry Sidgwick’s Moral Epistemology”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010), 491-519.
“W. D. Ross”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed., Edward N. Zalta (2010; revised 2012)
“On Sidgwick’s Demise: A Reply to Professor Deigh”, Utilitas 22 (2010), 70-77.
“Sidgwick’s Philosophical Intuitions”, Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 10 (2008), 185-209.
Critical Notice of Robert Audi, The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007), 305-325.
“Schultz’s Sidgwick”, Utilitas 19 (2007), 91-103.
“Henry Sidgwick’s Practical Ethics: A Defense”, Utilitas 18 (2006), 199-217.
“Singer, Peter (1946-)”, Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed., Michael Gibbons (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
“Griffin, James (1933-)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 186-188.
“Intuitionism”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 280-286.
“Ideal Utilitarianism”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 261-265.
“Rashdall, Hastings (1858-1924)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 463-465.
“Ross, W. D. (1877-1971)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 488-490.
“Rashdall, Hastings”, International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed., Hugh LaFollette (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 4325-4329.
“Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, Biographical Encyclopedia of British Idealism, ed., William Sweet (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2010), 617-624.
“Abortion” & “Human Race (Death of the)” (In French), Dictionnarie de la Mort, ed., Philippe Di Folco (Paris:Larousse, Collection “In Extenso”, 2010), 119-122, 409-411.
“Griffin, James (1933-)”, The Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, ed., Stuart Brown (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005), 348-352.
“Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 1018-1028.
“Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (née Balfour: 1845-1936)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 1016-1018.
“Birks, Thomas Rawson (1810-1883)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 98-100.
Scholarly Reviews (Selected):
Of Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant to Rawls, Philosophical Review (forthcoming).
Of David Phillips, Sidgwickian Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming).
Of Fred Feldman, What is this Thing Called Happiness?, Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013), 395-398.
Of Andrew Irvine and John Russell (eds.), In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy, University of Toronto Quarterly 80 (2011), 244-245.
Of Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 14, 2009), F11.
Of Kwame Anthony Appiah, Experiments in Ethics, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 1, 2008), D3.
Of Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (eds.), Utilitarianism and Empire, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, http://ndpr.nd.edu/, July 12, 2006.
“What Makes a Child’s Life Go Well?”, What is Welfare? Can We Measure it?: An Interdisciplinary Workshop, Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, Hull, UK, November 28-29, 2013.
“On the Ethical Barrier to In vitro Eugenics”, Ethox Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, June 25, 2013.
“What Makes a Child’s Life Go Well?”, Carnegie-Uehiro-Oxford Conference in Practical Ethics: Happiness and Wellbeing, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, June 20-21, 2013.
“Children’s Well-being: A Philosophical Discussion”, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, May 28, 2013.
“Sidgwick’s Hedonism: A Reply to Kasia de-Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer”, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, May 6, 2013.
“Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children”, Ethox Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, February 4, 2013, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, University of King’s College, London, UK, March 27, 2013.
“Two Conceptions of Children’s Welfare”, St. Cross Seminar in Ethics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, January 31, 2013.
“Remarks on David Phillips’s Sidgwickian Ethics”, Twelfth Annual Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies 2012, New York University, New York City, USA, August 8-11, 2012.
“Fairing Well as a Child,” McMaster University, March 25, 2011, University of Montreal, March 28, 2011, Eleventh Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Lucca, Italy, June 23-25, 2011, and Iowa State University, October 28, 2011.
Winter 2009, Sidgwick’s Ethics (graduate seminar)
Winter, 2010, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
Winter, 2010, Normative Ethics
Autumn, 2010, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
Autumn, 2010, Moore’s Ethics (graduate seminar)
Autumn, 2011, Promises, Promises: Sidgwick, Ross, Scanlon (graduate seminar)
Autumn, 2011, Advanced Introduction to Philosophy
Winter, 2012, History of Ethics: Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy
Winter, 2012, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
Autumn, 2013, Ethics and Society
Winter, 2013, Ethics and Society
Winter, 2013, Utility, Liberty, Equality: The Case of John Stuart Mill
Autumn, 2014, Ethics and Society
Autumn 2014, Meta-ethics
Winter, 2015, Ethics and Society