MA (2011) Carleton University, Philosophy
BA (2009) York University, Philosophy and Professional Writing
BEd (2012) University of Toronto, Education
Areas of Interest: Applied Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Bioethics, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology
Michael Barnes is primarily interested in the relationship between political institutions and interpersonal ethics. Questions about what role the broader background conditions people find themselves in should play in determining the morality of their acts are never far from his mind. At Carleton University, this led to a MA project that analyzed the concept of exploitation in moral descriptions of international trade and labor issues. Lately this focus on exploitation has shifted towards similar questions in bioethics concerning the ethics of international research trials.
Less specifically, Michael is also interested in matters of distributive and social justice, particularly when they are examined from either a Rawslian or capabilities approach perspective. Apart from normative issues, Michael also has an interest in early analytic epistemology, as well as the philosophy of language.
Born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Michael has shown a strong interest in moving to capital cities. Having completed degrees in both Toronto and Ottawa, Michael is excited to continue this habit at Georgetown.
- Professor Henry Richardson elected to lead HDCA
- Professor Nancy Sherman participates in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's Discussion
- Professor Henninger's translation of Amerini's "Aquinas" Released
- Professor Nancy Sherman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship
- Georgetown Graduate Matthew Rellihan Receives Tenure at Seattle University
- Mar 21, All day: Graduate Admissions Open House
- Mar 28, 3pm-5pm: Lecture Series: Mary Domski
- Apr 25, All day: Symposium: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism