Duncan MacIntosh




  • Fall 2020

  • Winter 2021
    PHIL 1501(01)
    PHIL 3640/5640

Office Hours


Room 1136 Marion McCain Bldg

Email: duncanm@dal.ca
Phone: 902.494.3539
Mailing Address: 
Room 1136, Marion McCain Building
6135 University Avenue
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Metaethics
  • Decision and Action Theory
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Science


  • PhD (1986) - University of Toronto
  • MA (1981) - University of Waterloo
  • BA (1979) -  Queen's University

Selected Publications

  • “Logically Private Laws: Legislative Secrecy in ‘The War on Terror’”, in Claire Finkelstein and Michael Skerker, eds., Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority (New York City, NY: Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 225-251. https://philpapers.org/rec/MACLPL
  • "Autonomous Weapons and the Nature of Law and Morality: How Rule-of-Law-Values Require Automation of the Rule of Law", Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 99-117. https://philpapers.org/rec/DUNAWA
  • "Assuring, Threatening, a Fully Maximizing Theory of Practical Rationality, and the Practical Duties of Agents", in press, Ethics,, Vol. 123, No 4 July (2013) pp.625-656. http://philpapers.org/rec/MACATA-2
  • "Prudence and the Reasons of Rational Persons", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 79, No. 3(September 2001) pp. 346-365. http://philpapers.org/rec/MACPAT
  • "Partial Convergence and Approximate Truth," The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 45, No. 1 March (1994a) pp. 153-170 http://philpapers.org/rec/MACPCA
  • "Persons and the Satisfaction of Preferences: Problems in the Rational Kinematics of Values," The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XC, No. 4 (April 1993), pp. 163-180. http://philpapers.org/rec/MACPAT-2