Aaron Ancell

  • Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Ph.D. Duke University
  • B.A. (Honours) Simon Fraser University

Teaching Interests

Ethics; Political Philosophy

Research Interests

Ethics; Political Philosophy

Bio

Aaron Ancell is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research and teaching focus primarily on issues in ethics and political philosophy, often bringing insights from the social sciences to bear on normative questions.

Previously, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the the EJ Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. He earned his PhD from Duke University in 2017.

Professional Links

Publications

Journal Articles


  • Ancell, A. (2023). Corporate Counterspeech. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, (26) 4 489 - 492. (Link)
  • Ancell, A. (2022). Bias, Safeguards, and the Limits of Individuals. Business Ethics Journal Review, (10) 5 27-32. (Link)
  • Ancell, A. J. (2020). Political Irrationality, Utopianism, and Democratic Theory. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, (29) 2 3-21.
  • Ancell, A. (2019). The Fact of Unreasonable Pluralism. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, (5) 4 410-428.
  • Ancell, A., Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (2019). The need for feasible compromises on conscientious objection: response to Card. Journal of Medical Ethics. 45:8 560-561.
  • Norman, W., Ancell, A. (2018). Democratic Theory for a Market Democracy: The Problem of Merriment and Diversion When Regulators and Regulated Meet. Journal of Social Philosophy, (49) 4 536-563.
  • Ancell, A. J. (2017). Democracy Isn't That Smart (But We Can Make it Smarter): On Landemore's Democratic Reason. Episteme, (14) 2 161-175.
  • Ancell, A. J., Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (2017). How to Allow Conscientious Objections in Medicine While Protecting Patient Rights. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, (26) 1 120-131.

    Book Chapters


  • Ancell, A. (2021). "Liberalism" In William Galston and Tom G Palmer, (Eds.) Truth and Governance: Religious and Secular Views. Brookings Institution Press

  • Presentations

  • Ancell, A. J., Norman, W. J. (2023). ““Who Knows What and Who Cares? The Epistemic Challenge for Smart Regulation and Meaningful Corporate Responsibility in the Mid-21st Century”” Presented at thePolitics, Philosophy, and Economics Society Conference New Orleans, LA
  • Ancell, A. J. (2023). “Should corporations stay out of politics?” Presented at the The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Zicklin Center Normative Business Ethics Workshop Philadelphia, PA
  • Ancell, A. J. (2022). “Corporate Counterspeech” Presented at the Society for Business Ethics Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Ancell, A. J. (2021). “Corporate Counterspeech” Presented at theWorkshop on Counterspeech Online
  • Ancell, A. J. (2020). “Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory for Business Ethics: Lessons from Political Philosophy” Presented at theSociety for Business Ethics Annual Conference Online
  • Ancell, A. J. (2020). “Who Knows What? Corporate Responsibility in the 21st-Century Regulatory State” Presented at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics Brown Hoffman Center for Business Ethics Brown Bag Series
  • Ancell, A. J. (2019). “Dirty Compromises: The Ethics of Making Concessions to Injustice” Presented at the Lake Forest University Philosophy Colloquium Lake Forest, IL
  • Ancell, A. J., Norman, W. J. (2019). “Who Knows What: Corporate Responsibility in the 21st-Century Regulatory State” Presented at the Society for Business Ethics Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Service

    University Service


  • Committee Member for Brightspace Implementation Faculty Stearing Committee 2022 - 2023
  • Committee Member for Teaching and Scholarly Activites Committee 2020 - 2023
  • Mentor (Faculty) for College Kindness 2020 - 2022
  • Committee Member for Communications Sequence Curriculum Design Working Group 2021 - 2022
  • Committee Member for LMS Evaluation Faculty Focus Group 2020 - 2021