Campus Directory: Michael Stingl

University of Lethbridge

Michael Stingl
Philosophy Department
Phone: N/A


Evolution and ethics, The just distribution of healthcare resources, Euthanasia

Research Areas

Evolution and ethics, Euthanasia, Research ethics


Honours BA in Linguistics and Philosophy (UW-Madison) and MA and PhD in Philosophy (Toronto 1986). SSHRC Postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary and Visiting Assistant Professor at Rice University. Began teaching at Lethbridge in 1989. Founding member, Women and Gender Studies Department. Former Chair of the Community Health Committee of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) and former Editorial Board Coordinator of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy (CJP). Has also been a member of the Regional Clinical Ethics Committee and the board of the Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN). Past Chair of the Philosophy Department and past Coordinator of the Liberal Education Program at the University of Lethbridge.

Selected Publications


John Collier and Michael Stingl, Evolutionary Moral Realism, Routledge (2020).

Michael Stingl (ed), The Price of Compassion: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Broadview 2010.

Michael Stingl and Donna Wilson (eds), Efficiency vs Equality: Health Reform in Canada, Fernwood 1996.

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Smartening Up: Animal Cognition from an Evolutionary Point of View," lead book review, The Quarterly Review of Biology 91, 4 (2016): 487-490.

John Collier and Michael Stingl, "Evolutionary Moral Realism," Biological Theory 7 (2013): 218-226.

Michael Stingl and John Collier, "Reasonable Partiality from a Biological Point of View," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (2005): 11-24.

"All the Monkeys Aren't in the Zoo: Evolutionary Ethics and the Possibility of Moral Knowledge," Moral Epistemology Naturalized, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 26 (2000), ed. Richmond Campbell and Bruce Hunter, pp. 245-265.

"Equality and Efficiency as Basic Social Values," in Efficiency vs. Equality: Health Reform in Canada, ed. Michael Stingl and Donna Wilson, Fernwood Press (1996), pp. 7-19. Reprinted in Moral Issues in Global Perspective, ed. Christine Koggel, Broadview Press, Peterborough, 1999 (2005), and in Readings in Health Care Ethics, ed. Elisabeth Boetzkes and Wilfrid J. Waluchow, Broadview Press, Peterborough, 2000 (2012).

"Ethics 1900-1945," in Meaning, Knowledge and Value, Vol. 10 of the Routledge History of Philosophy, ed. Jack Canfield, Routledge, 1996, pp. 134-162.

John Collier and Michael Stingl, "Evolutionary Naturalism and the Objectivity of Morality," Biology and Philosophy 8 (1993): 47-60. Reprinted in Issues in Evolutionary Ethics, ed. Paul Thompson, SUNY Press, 1994.

In The Media

Ethics involving humans, animals can lead to philosophical puzzles; Lethbridge Herald; March 9, 2007.

Research Interests

Evolution and ethics, euthanasia, biomedical ethics.

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