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Athabasca University

Dr. Jim Gough

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy


  • AOCAD, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto
  • 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 35 year 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 56 refereed published articles or anthologized chapters in a wide variety of areas. He is the author or co-author of 8 course texts, two websites, the author of 78 edited reviews or critical notices, and the presenter or co-presenter of 70 refereed and invited conference papers or workshops (including two recently presented on the use of the idea of the moral compass). 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, including the Quint: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the North, 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) and 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 as well as former research consultant for Alberta Colleges and Technical Institutes Research Secretariat for the college curriculum critical thinking project and arts and ethics projects.

Recently he completed co-editing and co-writing three chapters of Social Work Ethics: Progressive, Practical and Relational Approaches, Oxford University Press, Janurary, 2017, two co-authored articles on social work ethics for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 2015), one article on “Defective Arguments Denying an Inconvenient Truth” (Trumpeter, 2016) another on “Characteristic Strategies of an Environmentalist” (Rhetor, 2018) as well as a co-authored article on “Forgiveness, Finitude, Apology and Acknowledgement” (CSSPE Journal, 2017) and “Critical Issues in Research Ethics” (the Quint, 2017).

Jim finds it 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. It is his hope to be worthy of this designation in the coming years. He welcomes conversations, discussions, dialogues and collaborations with anyone in the university community who may be interested in debating or collaborating with him on any topic of mutual research interest. There are still many challenging projects ahead which await my time, patience and perservence.

Updated September 10 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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