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Athabasca University

Dr. Jim Gough

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy


  • B.A., Fine Arts (University of Guelph)
  • B.A. (Hon.), Philosophy (University of Guelph)
  • M.A. (University of Waterloo)
  • Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)



Jim Gough is a consultant and researcher in philosophy, applied ethics, environmental philosophy, critical thinking and informal logic. He has earned degrees in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (AOCAD Associate), Toronto, the University of Guelph (B.A., Fine Arts), and philosophy degrees from the University of Guelph, B.A. (Hon.), M.A., and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo.

He has taught philosophy at the University of Guelph, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, Conestoga College and Red Deer College (25 years) and tutored 2 philosophy courses in informal logic at Athabasca University. He is the designer and creator of 27 university transfer courses. During his career, Gough has been awarded 20 competitive research grants or scholarships and 3 awards for teaching, curriculum development and program design.

He authored or co-authored 47 refereed published articles or anthologized chapters in a wide variety of areas (with 4 currently under peer review). He is the author or co-author of 6 course texts, the author of 65 edited reviews or critical notices, and the presenter or co-presenter of 62 refereed and invited conference papers or workshops. He is the co-founder and former editor of the journal, Eidos, the Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy, former associate editor of Dialogue (English) and Past and Present, as well as a member of several editorial boards, former adjudicator (Better Business Bureau Golden Torch Award in Business Ethics), academic referee for 9 associations (including SSHRC, AACTI), journals and publishers of academic manuscripts (OUP).

He is the former president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, former Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE) representative, University of Waterloo, former chair of the Bachelor of Arts program, Red Deer College (6 years, 3 elected terms).

Professor Gough is a former member of the founding group of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance and Interim President of the Central Alberta chapter of the Sierra Club of Canada.

Currently there is a book that needs to be finished before it can be reviewed, an annoying research article that just will not go away, and continuing the ongoing learning that is necessary to create a blog site for the Applied Ethics Collaborative Network.

It is exciting and rewarding to be honoured as an adjunct member of the Centre for Humanities in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University, a designation I hope to be worthy of in the coming years. I welcome conversations, discussions and dialogues with anyone in the university community who may be interested in debating or collaborating on any of my interests.

Updated September 10 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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