Ingrid Makus

Associate Professor, Political Science

BA (Hons) (Winnipeg)
MA, PhD (Toronto)

Office: SBH 324
905-688-5550 x3425

Examining current debates over identity politics and rights discourse is my main interest at present. I am working on a book, which uses both contemporary (communitarian, post-modern) and traditional (Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau) accounts of political like to explore these debates. A key theme in the book is the need to ensure political continuity through the education of citizens and the establishing of justice between generations.

Area of specialization:

  • Political philosophy
  • Canadian political thought
  • Gender and politics
  • “Reasoning about “Reasonable Accomodation”: Charles Taylor on Negotiating Diversity in Canada,” in Travelling Concepts: Negotiating Diversity in Canada and Europe, eds. Christian Lammert and Katja Sarkowsky (Verlag: 2010) pp 47-62.
  • “Hobbes and Aristotle on Biology, Reason and Reproduction” in Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy, ed. Ann Ward (Rowman & Littlefield: 2009) pp 163-174.
  • “Nietzsche’s Criticism of Socratic Reason,” in Socrates: Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity, ed. Ann Ward (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).
  • “Pity, Pride and Prejudice: Rousseau on the Passions,” in Bringing the Passions Back In, ed. Rebecca Kingston and Leonard Ferry, (UBC Press, 2007).
  • “Feminine Concealment and Masculine Openness in J.J. Rousseau,” in Feminist Interpretations of Rousseau, ed. Lynda Lange, (Penn State University Press, 2002), pp 187-211.
  • “Birth, Community and Citizenship: Some Reflections,” in Canadian Political Philosophy, eds. Ronald Beiner and Wayne Norman (Oxford University Press, 2000).