Name: Robert Michael Neumann
Date of Birth: 7 July 1946
Nationality: U.S. citizen; Canadian Landed Immigrant


Department of Philosophy
Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8

Telephone: 705-748-1011 ext..7039
(Secretary, Kathy Fife) 705-748-7166 ext.7166

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Trent University l975 - 1982; Associate Professor, 1982-2003, Professor, 2003-present.
Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto 1969 - 1972.
Columbia College, New York, 1964 - 1968
Degree: B.A., Summa cum laude
Majors: European History, English Literature
Awards: Euretta J. Kellet Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellow (honorary)
Phi Beta Kappa
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1968 - 1969
Non-degree study in Philosophy
Supervisor: Bernard Williams
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. 1969 - 1976
Degree: M.A., 1971, Ph.D. 1976
Thesis Title: Some Problems in Ethics of Revolt: A Study in the Limits of Political Theory.
Awards: Ontario Graduate Fellowship (1972-1973) Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship (1973-75)
Area of specialization:
Ethics and political philosophy.
Areas of competence:
Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Mind, Analytical Metaphysics.
Fluent in French and German; reading knowledge of Latin.
Primary Publications:
"Fictionalism and Realism," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, VIII, 3 (1978), 533-541.
"Entitlements - A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing," Journal of Value Inquiry, XIV, (1980), 144-155.
Killing and Average Utility," Analysis, (January 1980), 7.
"Side Constraint Morality," Canadian Journal of Philosophy, XX, 1 (1982), 131-143.
What's Left?: Radical Politics and the Radical Psyche. Broadview Press (Peterborough) 1988.
"Coordination and Utility", Philosophical Quarterly, vol.39, no. 154 (1989), 67-74.
"A Case for Apathy", Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 7, no. 2 (1990), pp.195-201.
Needs not Rights", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol.22, no.3 (Sept. 1992) 353-364.
"Rousseau et le nationalisme", in Robert Thiéry, ed., Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politique et Nation: Actes du IIème Colloque International de Montmorency, 1995, Paris (Champion) 2001, pp343-349.
"Bad Beliefs", Public Affairs Quarterly, vol.12, no. 3 (July 1998) 333-346.
Did Kant Respect Persons?”, Res Publica, (Volume 6, Issue 3, 2000), pp. 285-299.
The Rule of Law: Politicizing Ethics, London (Ashgate) October 2002.
"Herrschaft des Gesetzes als Recht und Ordnung: Zwischen Rechtsstaat und Gesetzesstaat," German translation of "The Rule of Law and Law and Order: Between Rechtsstaat and Gesetzesstaat", in Mattias Iser and David Strecker, eds. Kritische Theorie der Politik. Franz L. Neumann - eine Bilanz, Nomos, (Baden-Baden) 2002.
"Degrees of Property", in Bernard Hodgson, ed., The Invisible Hand and the Common Good, Berlin (Springer Verlag) 2004, 134-148.  A considerably revised version appeared in Think , Volume 8, Issue 22, June 2009, pp 75-91. 
"Can't We All Just Respect One Another a Little Less?", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 34, No. 4, December, 2004.
“Is Logic Revisable?”, in Cornelis de Waal, ed., Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions - The Philosopher Responds to Her Critics, New York (Prometheus Press) 2007, 41-52.
"Political Philosophy (Analytic Tradition)", invited contribution to A Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophies, University of Edinburgh Press.
“Choosing and Describing: Sen and the Irrelevance of Independent Alternatives”, Theory and Decision (2007), 63:79-94.  online at:

“Political Philosophy (Analytic Tradition)”, in Constantin V. Boundas, ed.,  A Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophies, Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh Press) 2007, 297-308.

  “Terror and Expected Collateral Damage: The Case for Moral Equivalence”, in Stephen Law, ed.,  Israel, Palestine and Terror, London and New York (Continuum) 2008, 136-152.   This essay is a revised version of the paper presented at the conference entitled  The Justification of Political Violence, at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law.  For details, see below.
Secondary Publications: not peer reviewed.
"Rousseau as Moralist: An Afterword to the Bicentennial Congress," in James MacAdam and Michael Neumann, eds., Trent Rousseau Papers: Proceedings of the Rousseau Bicentennial Congress, University of Ottawa Review XLIX, 3&4, (July-December 1979), and Collection Philosophica, Ottawa, 1979.
Review of Maximilian Forschner, Rousseau (a German study) in Journal of the History of Philosophy XIX, 2 (1981), 258-260.
review of Harry Redner, The Ends of Science: An Essay in Scientific Authority. Westview (Boulder) 1987, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, vol. IX, no. 11 (1989), 465-468.
"Le procès de Julian Samuel", in Julian Samuel, De Lahore à Montréal, Les Éditions Balzac (Montreal) 1996, pp.251-253.
“Perelman’s Information”, review of Michael Perelman, Class Warfare in the Information Age, in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology, Volume 19 of Research in Philosophy and Technology, (2000), 399–400.

“Probably?  Not!”, The New Humanist, “web exclusive” 2009,
Other Scholarly Activities (selected):
reviewed papers for Canadian Philosophical Association, 1989-1993.
invited commentator on Karen Wendling's "Public, Private, and Political", Canadian Philosophical Association, 1989.
invited commentator on Peter Vallentyne's "The Problem of Unauthorized Welfare," Canadian Philosophical Association, 1990.
chaired session at Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Sartre Society, Trent University, 1993.
invited participant, IIème Colloque International de Montmorency: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Politique et Nation, Montmorency, 1995.
reviewed book manuscript, "The New Enclosures? A Global Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights" for Routledge, 1997.
invited participant, conference: Franz L. Neumann's Legacy: The Defense of the Democratic Rechtsstaat In Times of Changing Capitalism, Berlin, 2000. Presented paper, "The Rule of Law and Law and Order: Between Rechtsstaat and Gesetzesstaat"
invited participant, conference: The Invisible Hand and the Common Good, Ninth International Conference on Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy, Trent University, 13-16 June, 2002. Presented paper, “Degrees of Property”.
invited participant, conference: The Justification of Political Violence, Oxford Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law, 9-11 June 2006. Presented paper, "Terror and Expected Collateral Damage: The Case for Moral Equivalence".
Professional Affiliations:
North American Association for the Study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Canadian Philosophical Association