Avery Kolers

Professor and Interim Chair, Philosophy Department; Core Faculty Member, Interdisciplinary MA in Health Care Ethics


Prof. Kolers specializes in social & political philosophy and applied ethics. He frequently teaches Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Ethics, and courses in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. For the Health Care Ethics MA program he regularly teaches a course in Justice and Health Care. He is available to supervise theses and serve on committees broadly in areas of ethics and social & political philosophy.

Prof. Kolers’ particular research interests include issues surrounding territorial rights and solidarity. These highly “applied” issues touch on a wide range of problems, but also raise hard questions about how to navigate deep diversity in a shared world. His 2009 book Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (Cambridge University Press) won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biennial book prize. More recently, his 2012 article “Floating Provisos and Sinking Islands” received the Journal of Applied Philosophy prize, awarded for “the best article published in the year’s volume.”

His second book, A Moral Theory of Solidarity, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and won the 2017 Canadian Philosophical Association biennial book prize. Currently, Prof. Kolers is continuing to work on solidarity, territory, and their intersections in environmental justice and elsewhere. He also works on issues in normativity and the philosophy of games, with a forthcoming paper in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy entitled "Groundwork for the Mechanics of Morals."