Shukla, Rajesh Chandra
Program: Philosophy and Public Ethics
Office : GIG 228
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 2463
Research Activities:Ethics and political philosophy; public policy; environmental ethics; and Karma theory.
Education:2006 PhD in Philosophy, University of Ottawa
1996 MPhil in Philosophy, University of Delhi
1993 MA in Philosophy, University of Delhi
1991 BA in Philosophy and Political Science, University of Allahabad
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Courses taught:HTP 1101 Trends in Western Thought
PHI 2111 History of Ethics
PHI 3307 Ethics and Multiculturalism
EPE 6302 Environmental Ethics
EPE 6320 Public Policy and Ethics
EPE 6320A Secularism and multiculturalism
Publications:Papers in Refereed Journals:
1. .“Similarities beyond Differences: Mill’s Utilitarianism and the Consequentialism of the Bhagavad Gitā”, forthcoming in the Journal of East and West Thought, p. 21.
2. “Ethics, Politics, and Public Life: An Aristotelian Account”, forthcoming in the Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Tradition, p. 19.
3. “Justice and Civic Friendship: An Aristotelian Critique of Modern Citizenry”, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, No. 9 (1), 2014, pp. 1-20.
4.“Justice, Virtue and Character: An Aristotelian Interpretation”, Maritain Studies, Vol. XXIX, 2013, pp. 73-88.
5. “Tolstoy and Nietzsche: A Pacific Critique of Belligerent Morality”, Journal of Contemporary Thought, No. 7, 2013, pp. 51-68.
6. “Rethinking the Role of Religious Experience in Tolstoy’s Thought”, Toronto Slavic Quarterly, No 43, 2013, pp. 115-136.
7.“Gandhi, Tolstoy, and the Art of Life”, The Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Tradition, Vol. 7, 2011, pp. 141-156.
8. “The Modern Tripartition: The Axial Age Thesis, and East-West Philosophical Communication”, Existenz, Vol. 6. Fall 2011, pp. 20-30.
1. Ethical Leadership and Contemporary Challenges: Philosophical Perspectives, co-edited with C. Beauvais and M. Blais (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2013), pp. 222.
2.Technology and the Changing Face of Humanity, co-edited with R. Feist and C. Beauvais (Ottawa: Ottawa University Press, 2010), pp. 233.
Refereed Chapters in Books:
1.“Religion, Politics, and Liberal Democracy: An Uneasy Alliance”, in “The Role of Religion in Public Discourse”, George McLean, ed. (Washington DC: CRVP Press, In Press), pp. 22.
2.“On the Ethical and Social Value of Pleasure and Advantage Friendship”, in “Ethics, Values and Modern Society”, Hu Yeping, ed. (Washington DC: CRVP Press, In Press), pp. 16.
3.“Profit as a Moral Motivation: A Kantian Critique of Current Business Practices”, in “Ethical Leadership and Contemporary Challenges: Philosophical Perspectives”, C. Beauvais, R. Shukla and M. Blais, ed. (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, In Press), pp. 24.
4.“Technology and the Remaking of Human Existence”, in “Technology and the Changing Face of Humanity”, R. Feist, C. Beauvais and R. Shukla, ed. (Ottawa: Ottawa University Press, 2010), pp. 17.
Articles under Construction:
1.“Secularism, Religious faith and Public life”, the idea behind this paper is to examine the role of secularism and religious faith in contemporary public life, focusing on liberal democratic countries.
2. “Immigration, Secularism, and Citizenship: The Western Predicament” examines the ethical and philosophical foundations of secularism in the context immigration and citizenship.
3. “Multiculturalism v. Interculturalism: A Philosophical Examination of the Bouchard-Taylor Report” identifies problematic issues arising out of the Bouchard-Taylor Report and explores the possibility of resolving them within the framework of liberal democratic discourse.
4.“Is Friendship a Duty?” critiques Kant’s concept of friendship as espoused in the Metaphysics of Morals.
5. “Karmic Causation v. Physical Causation: Can Ethics Keep Pace with Science?” elucidates the ontology that runs through Karma theory and redefines its relationship with modern science as well.
Papers in Conferences:
1. “Immigration, Secularism, and Citizenship: The Western Predicament”, presented at “the 22nd Nordic Conference on Sociology of Religion”, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2014.
2. “Secularism, Religious Faith and Public Life”, presented at “the International Conference on the Role of Religious Faith in Public life”, Beziers, France, July 3, 2014.
3. “Is non-violence a virtue?”, presented at “the International Conference on Gandhi and Non-Violence”, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, May 7, 2014.
4. “Indian Secularism: A Political Perspective”, co-presented with Dr. Shubhada Joshi at “the International Conference on Religion, Philosophy and Culture”, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, September 23, 2013.
5. “Philosophy as Midwife: Rethinking Socrates and Buddha in Contemporary Times”, presented at the World Philosophy Congress 2013, in conjunction with the International Association of Karl Jaspers Societies, on August 7, 2013, Athens, Greece.
6.“Multiculturalism and the Limits of Tolerance”, presented at “the Symposium on Tolerance”, Dominican University College, Ottawa, Canada, April 11, 2013.
7.“Is Just War Theory Really Just?”, presented at “the Symposium on Just War, Duty to Protect and Armed Intervention”, Dominican University College, Ottawa, on November 15, 2012.
8.“Multiculturalism in India and Canada: A Comparative Perspective”, presented at Mumbai University, India, June 18, 2012.
9.“Justice and Civic Friendship: A Traditionalist Critique of Modern Citizenry”, presented at the International Conference on the Role of Traditional Values in Modern Societies, Beijing, China, June 3, 2012.
10.“Ideals at Odds: Cultural Pluralism v. Cultural Assimilation”, presented at “the International Conference on the Dialogue and Co-operation among Cultures and Civilizations”, Wuhan, China, May 30, 2012.
11.“The Modern Tripartition: The Axial Age Thesis, and East-West Philosophical Communication”, presented at “the American Philosophical Association Meeting Pacific Division, in conjunction with the Karl Jaspers Society of North America”, San Diego, USA, April 23, 2011.
12.“Training to be Tolerant: Gandhi and his Philosophy of Satyagrah”, presented at “Dominican University College”, Ottawa, Canada, October 14, 2010, 16 pp.
13.“Similarities Beyond Differences: Mill’s Utilitarianism and the Consequentialism of the Bhagvad Gita”, presented at Carleton University on the occasion of Carleton University and Delhi University Exchange Program Symposium, Ottawa, Canada, June 22, 2010.
14.“Ethics and International Law: A Gandhian Critique of Morgenthau’s Realist Model”, presented at “the Canadian Society for International Law”, Ottawa, Canada, November, 2008.
15.“Public Policy and Social Good: Theory, Practice, and Beyond”, presented at “the Conference on Accountability in Public Service”, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, June 10, 2007.