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Professor Samantha Brennan


Professor, Philosophy, Dean, College of Arts, University of Guelph, Canada



Samantha Brennan is a philosopher who works in the area of moral and political philosophy, with a special interest in feminist ethics. Her work falls into three main areas: contemporary moral theory, feminist ethics and political philosophy, and theory of justice for families and children. She is currently Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Guelph.




Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan, and Richard Vernon, Permissible Progeny? Moral Considerations and Procreative Choice, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Samantha Brennan and Robert Noggle, Taking Responsibility for Children, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007.

Journal Articles

“Parenting, Feminism, and Academic Life: My Happy Story,” APA newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Spring 2020, Theme: Parenting and Philosophy

“How Many Parents Can a Child Have? Philosophical Reflections on the “Three Parent Case,” with Bill Cameron, 2015, Dialogue, 54, pp 45-61.

“The Moral Status of Children: Children's Rights, Parents' Rights, and Family Justice,” with Robert Noggle, Social Theory and Practice, Spring 1997, 23 (1): 1-26.

Book chapters

“Parenting, Philosophy, Public Policy, and a Puzzle,” Chapter 11 in Philosophy and Public Policy, Andrew Cohen, editor, Routledge, 2018.

Epp, Jennifer and Brennan. Samantha. Childhood and sexuality, The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children. Routledge, 2018.

Macleod, Colin and Brennan, Samantha. "Fundamentally Incompetent: Homophobia, Religion and the Right to Parent," Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights: Ethical and Philosophical Issues, Edited by Michael Cholbi and Jaime Ahlberg. Routledge, 2016.

Cameron, Bill and Brennan, Samantha. “Is Marriage Bad for Children? Rethinking the Connection between Having Children, Romantic Love, and Marriage,” Chapter Four in Beyond Marriage, edited by Elizabeth Brake, Oxford University Press 2016.


Normative ethics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy
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