Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Carolyn McLeod



Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Health Care Ethics

Affiliate Member, Women's Studies and Feminist Research

BA, MA Queens; PhD Dalhousie

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85877
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4133
Website: Personal

My philosophical interests lie mainly at the intersection of health care ethics, feminist philosophy, and moral philosophy. The majority of my research focuses on moral dilemmas that arise in the area of reproduction or parenting, and the moral concepts needed to understand and resolve these dilemmas (e.g., autonomy, trust, and commodification).  

I am happy to supervise students working on the ethics of procreation or parenting, on the ethics of professional (particularly doctor-patient) relationships, in feminist ethics, on the metaphysics of gender or race, in moral psychology, or on different concepts in moral theory such as autonomy, trust, and virtue. 

Some Recent Publications: 

Botterell, A. and C. McLeod. “Licensing Parents in International Contract Pregnancies,” Journal of Applied Philosophy. Published online August 2015, DOI: 10.1111/japp.12143. 

McLeod, C. “Trust,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta, revised 2015, originally published 2006, URL =

F. Baylis and C. McLeod, eds. Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.