Kai Nielsen (philosopher)

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Kai Nielsen (born 1926) is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Canada, Nielsen taught at New York University (NYU). He specializes in metaphilosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Nielsen has also written about philosophy of religion, and is an advocate of contemporary atheism. He is also known for his defense of utilitarianism, writing in response to Bernard Williams's criticism of it.

Nielsen got his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. at Duke University. He is the author of some 32 books and 415 articles. Member of the Royal Society of Canada, and past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association. Nielsen is also one of the founding members of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

In 1973 Nielsen was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[1]

In 1991, he debated William Lane Craig on the subject 'God, Morality and Evil'. [2]


Philosophical conversations and debates in his BOOKS

  • Cosmopolitan Justice, 2009 (forthcoming), ISBN 0-13-140388-5
  • Walking the Tightrope of Faith, 1999, ISBN 90-420-0706-0
  • Rethinking nationalism, 1998, (Canadian journal of philosophy) ; ISBN 0-585-12756-5
  • On the relevance of metaethics: New essays on metaethics, 1996, ISBN 0-919491-21-9
  • Méta-philosophie : reconstructuring philosophy?, 1994, ISBN 0-919491-19-7
  • Ethique et rationalité, in French, 1992, ISBN 2-87009-478-7
  • Does God Exist?: The Great Debate, 1990, ISBN 0-8407-7180-0
  • Search for Community in a Withering Tradition: Conversations Between a Marxian Atheist and a Calvinian Christian, 1990, ISBN 0-8191-7990-6
  • Analyzing Marxism : new essays on analytical Marxism / edited by Robert Ware & Kai Nielsen, 1989, Canadian journal of philosophy. Supplementary volume. 0229-7051 ; 15, ISBN 0-919491-15-4
  • Science Morality and Feminist Theory, 1987, ISBN 0-919491-13-8
  • New essays in ethics and public policy / edited by Kai Nielsen and Steven C. Patten, 1982, ISBN 0-919491-08-1
  • New essays on John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism / edited by Wesley E. Cooper, Kai Nielsen, and Steven C. Patten, 1979, Canadian journal of philosophy. Supplementary volume. v. 5
  • New essays on contract theory / edited by Kai Nielsen and Roger A. Shiner, 1977, Canadian journal of philosophy. Supplementary volume. v. 3
  • Philosophy & political action; essays edited for the New York Group of the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1972, ISBN 0-19-501503-7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.leaderu.com/offices/billcraig/docs/craig-nielsen0.html


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