I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I have taught in Windsor since 1998. In 1996 and 1997 I was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. I received my PhD in Philosophy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1996.My professional research interests are primarily in social and political philosophy. My major publications focus on human nature, the social and political implications of human identity and difference, the normative foundations of democratic society, the ethical foundations of socialism, and the principles of materialist ethics. More information about my academic work can be found at my departmental homepage: http://www.uwindsor.ca/jnoonan/
My interests in philosophy range more broadly than my professional academic work. Part of the reason why I began this site was to experiment with shorter, topical essays as means of philosophically intervening in debates and key issues of the day. Peer reviewed papers and books remain essential to rigorous philosophical writing, but the time delays between conception, execution, revision, and publication are such that it is impossible to use peer reviewed publication as means of analysing and criticising issues and problems as they arise.
Moreover, academic publication typically involves formalities which tend to impose stylistic rigidities which negate whatever beauty and creativity there can be in philosophical writing. Those constraints do not exist on this site, so, in addition to the topical pieces I will put up, I also hope to play with form and content in ways not generally possible in peer reviewed publication.
Finally, I also hope to get you involved in the life of the site– arguing, criticising, intervening, or submitting short pieces for publication. I do not so much want to escape the constraints of academic writing as to create an environment in which the constraints are self-imposed– rigour without rigidity, disciplined creativity and fun, but not a free-for-all.