Professor Michael Allen Fox

Adjunct Professor - School of Humanities

Michael Allen Fox

Phone: +61 2 6773 3199



Michael taught a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for 39 years and served for 10 years as Editor of Queen's Quarterly before retiring to Australia in 2005.  He is a citizen of the United States, Canada and Australia, and was first appointed Adjunct Professor at UNE in 2004.  In 1996 he was James Martineau Memorial Lecturer at the University of Tasmania; in 1987 he held a Funded Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University and was a Visiting Fellow at ANU again in 1995-96.

An eclectic approach to philosophy and a dedication to reaching out to a broad audience are characteristic of Michael's work.

Current research centres on the philosophical foundations of peace, and the concept of "home" in everyday life, in the world of imagination, and in philosophy.


BA (Hons) (Cornell), M.A. & Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century European philosophy, existentialism, environmental philosophy, animal ethics, philosophy of peace.



Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction.  (Author.)  New York: Routledge, 2014.

The Remarkable Existentialists.  (Author.)  Amherst, NY: Humanity/Prometheus  Books, 2009.

The Accessible Hegel. (Author.)  Amherst, NY: Humanity/Prometheus Books, 2005.

Deep Vegetarianism. (Author.)  Chinese translation, with new Preface by the author.  Taipei: Life Conservationist Association, 2005.

Deep Vegetarianism. (Author.)  Simplified Chinese translation, with new Preface by the author.  Shanghai: New Star Publisher, Sanhui Culture and Press (in collaboration with Beijing New Star Publications), 2005.

Deep Vegetarianism. (Author.)  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.

The Case for Animal Experimentation: An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective. (Author.)  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1986; paperback ed., 1988.

Nuclear War: Philosophical Perspectives. (Co-Editor, contributor.)  New York: Peter Lang, 1985; 2nd ed., 1987.

Schopenhauer: His Philosophical Achievement.  (Editor, contributor.)  Brighton, Sussex: Harvester Press; Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1980.

Chapters in Books (21 total) – recent examples

"Vegetarianism and Veganism." International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Ed. Hugh la Follette. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Pp. 5310-5316.

"Viewing Animals in Space and Time: An Exercise in Moral Imagination." The Lives of Animals Reconsidered: New Perspectives in Animal Ethics. Ed. Gregory Zucker. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 201-212.

"Eastern Religions, Influences of." Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism. Ed. Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2010, pp. 87-89.

"Anthropocentrism."  Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, 2nd ed. Ed. Marc Bekoff.  Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, 2010, vol. 1, pp. 66-68.

"Antivivisectionism."  Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, 2nd ed. Ed. Marc Bekoff.  Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, 2010, vol. 1, pp. 74-77.

"Animals in Moral Space."  (Co-authored with Lesley McLean.)  Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World. Ed. Jodey Castricano.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008, pp. 145-175.

Articles in Refereed Journals (44 total) – recent examples

"Childhood and the Environment in The Little Prince."  (Co-authored with Elizabeth Hale.)  Dalhousie Review, 93 (2013): 289-303.

"Thinking About Peace Today." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 38 (2011): 15-36.

"Compassion and Peace." Philosophy Now, Issue 80 (August/September 2010): 28-29.

"Eating Our Way to a Better Future." Island, 114 (2008): pp. 38-44.

"A New Look at Personal Identity."  Philosophy Now, Issue 62 (July/August 2007): 10-11.  

"Why We Should Be Vegetarians."  International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 20 (2006): 295-310.

"'Boundless Compassion': The Contemporary Relevance of Schopenhauer's Ethics." The European Legacy, 11 (2006): 369-387.

In addition, Michael has published articles in Animal Law, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Dialogue, Ecosystem Health, Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Metaphilosophy, Organization and Environment, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, South Atlantic Quarterly, and numerous other journals.  He has also published 7 papers in refereed conference proceedings, 2 technical reports, 31 miscellaneous popular articles and over 51 book reviews.


Michael has delivered more than 80 invited and submitted (refereed) papers and talks on a wide variety of topics in the United States, Canada, Russia, Australia, and Taiwan.