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Masaeli, Mahmoud   Masaeli, Mahmoud
Program: Ethics and Philosophy
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Research Activities:

Mahmoud’s areas of research and teaching interests in the area of ethics includes: Globalization, Global Justice and Global Ethics; Human Rights and Human Diversity; International political Theory; Ethics in International Law and Organizations; and Kant’s Ethical Theory. His other interests includes: The politics of Recognition; the Ethics of Deep Diversity and Multiculturalism; and Morality and terrorism. He has been teaching at Saint Paul from 2006 when he was appointed as a Post-Doctoral fellow in Ethics and International Relations.


Ph.D. Political Science, specialization in Ethical Theory of International Relations, Carleton University
M.A.: International Relations, specialization in International Law, Tehran University
B.A.: Political and Social Sciences, Allameh University, Tehran

Courses taught:

Ethics and International Development
Ethics and International Human Rights
Globalization and Global Ethics
Kant’s Ethical Theory
Selected Topics:Dialogue over Rights Theory



Mahmoud Masaeli, Recognition as Justice in an Age of Globalization and Exclusion, drafted and is in review for publication (Edwin Mellen Press Ltd).

“The Love of Humanity and Dialogical Ethics: An Insight from Esoteric Islam”, International Conference in Religions and Social Innovations, Saint Michael’s College, University of Toronto, October 26-27, 2013.


Mahmoud Masaeli, “Human Creativity and Cultural Diversity,” will be published in LiveBetter e-Magazine, issue 32 (July-August 2013).

“What are Alternative Perspectives?” will be published in LiveBetter e-Magazine, issue 32 (June 2013).

“The Ethics of Deep Diversity in Multicultural Societies,” part II, will be published in LiveBetter e-Magazine, issue 31 (May 2013).

“The Ethics of Deep Diversity in Multicultural Societies,” part I, LiveBetter e-Magazine, issue 30 (April 2013).

,ed., Morality and Terrorism: An Interfaith Perspective, Nortia Press, 2012.
,ed., The Ethical Wrongfulness of Terrorist Actions (Ottawa: Commoners Publishing, 2010).

“What is Wrong with a Metaphorical War on Terror”, in The Ethical Wrongfulness of Terrorist Actions, Mahmoud Masaeli ed. (Commoners Publishing, Ottawa, 2010), pp. 83-103.

“Freedom and Recognition of others in the Islamic Faith”, in Freedom of Religion, William Sweet ed. (Dharmaram, India: Dharmaram Publications, 2010), pp. 125-139.

“The Importance of Dialogue in A Rooted Conception of Cosmopolitanism: Gülen and Shabestary”, chapter in the proceedings of international conference on Islam in the Age of Global Challenge: Alternative Perspectives of the Gülen Movement, November 13-16, 2008, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

“The Dialogical Self as Debated among the Contemporary Shiite Thinkers”, chapter in Re-Ethicizing the Minds? Tendencies of Cultural Revival in Contemporary Philosophy (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2006), pp. 289-304.


Mahmoud Masaeli, “Why Are We in Need of Alternative Perspectives in the Analysis of Global Issues?” general theme of debates in the first annual meeting of APGC, Washington DC, July 10, 2013.

“Dialogical Perspectives in Global Ethics”, to be presented in the conference on Alternative Perspective in Ecological Sustainability: Philosophical Arguments for Public Deliberations (Washington DC, July 09, 2013).

“Moral Evaluation and Psychology of Terror”, international conference on the “Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security”, April 19-20, 2012, East Carolina University.

“The Ethics of Deep Diversity in Multicultural Societies”, the 21st ACSUS (The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) Biennial Conference on Ottawa: A Capital City, November 16-20, 2011, Ottawa.

“Inner Sources of the Self and the Challenge of Expressivism”, the international conference on ‘The Root Causes of Terrorism,’ May 18-19, 2011, Leiden University,

“Modern Identity and Morality with Respect to Others: The Question of Faith”, International Conference on ‘The Wrongfulness of Terrorist Actions: An Interfaith Perspective’ Saint Paul University, April 30, 2010, Ottawa.

“What is Wrong with a Metaphorical War on Terror”, International Conference on the ‘Ethical Wrongfulness of Terrorist Actions’, October 17-18, 2008, Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

“Philosophy of Education and the Sense of a Meaningful Life”, presented in the 28th Symposium on Developing a Different Kind of Students; A Collective Commitment, Association Quebecoise de Pedagogie Collegiale, July 4-6, Victoriaville, Quebec.

“Globalization and the Return of Spirituality in International Relations”, presented in The Second Faith, Spirituality, and Social Change Conference, University of Winchester, Saturday April 14th, 2007, UK.

“The Importance of Moral Reasoning in International Relations Today”, Presented in the Roundtable on Ethics and International Relations, St. Paul University, February 28th, 2007, Ottawa. (The initiator and organizer of the event).

“From Negative to Positive Recognition of Religion in International Relations: A Paradigm Shift”, presented at the international conference on Religion, Culture and Peace: An Ambiguous Relation, Dominican University College of Philosophy and Theology, November 08 -11, 2006; Ottawa.

“Absolute Truth and Fundamentalism”, presented at the conference on Drivers of Conflict and Drivers of Peace, Hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, May 11-12, 2006, Ottawa.

“The Influence of the Philosophy of Illumination on Political Thoughts: A Comparative Study in St. Augustine and Shihab al-Din Suhrawardi”’, presented at the 41st. International Congress on Medieval Studies, West Michigan University; May 4 – 7, 2006, Kalamazoo, USA.