About Kai Nielsen
Kai Nielsen is one of Canada’s most distinguished social and political philosophers. He has also written extensively on moral theory and about religion and the nature of philosophy.
After receiving his PhD from Duke University in 1959, he went on to hold academic appointments at Marshall College (WV), Amherst College (MA), New York University (NY), State University of New York at Binghamton (NY), University of Calgary (AB), Brooklyn College (NY), University of Ottawa (ON), and Concordia University (QC). He also held administrative positions at New York University, Brooklyn College and University of Calgary . He is a past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. He also extensively taught and/or lectured in Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Israel and South Africa.
In his academic career, spanning over 60 years, he has published 21 books and more than 400 articles in political philosophy, social philosophy, critical theory, ethics, metaphilosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has written extensively about Karl Marx and marxism, Jürgen Habermas, Isaiah Berlin, pragmatism, John Rawls, Gerald Allan Cohen, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty and Donald Davidson.
His work sheds light on many of the central debates and controversies of our time such as socialism, nationalism, cosmopolitism, nihilism and global justice. Some of his books and articles have been translated in French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, and Polish.
Since retiring, Nielsen makes his home in Montreal, where he continues to write as a unique voice of the political left.
This website, created in collaboration with Kai Nielsen and Jocelyne Couture, aims to make the work of this important philosopher freely available to both researchers and the general public.