Professor of Philosophy,
Chair, Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Canada B1P 6L2



1991    Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Waterloo
1984    M.A., Philosophy, University of Guelph
1983    B.A. (Honours), Philosophy,  Dalhousie University




 1.    Laurie Shrage & R.S. Stewart, Philosophizing About Sex, Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2015.


2.    R.S. Stewart, ed., Talk About Sex: A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2013.

1.    R.S. Stewart & Sue Korol, ed's., Food For Thought: A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Sydney, NS:

                Cape Breton University Press,  2012. See review on Metapsychology:

Book Chapters

7.    R.S. Stewart, "Sex at the Margins With a View to the Centre," in R.S. Stewart, ed.,

Talk About Sex: A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2013, 10-17.   

6.    R.S. Stewart, "Problematic Paradigms: Towards a New Classification of 'Senior Sex'," in R.S. Stewart, ed.,

Talk About Sex: A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2013, 35-47.   

5.    R.S. Stewart, "Pathology and Psychology: Unbinding BDSM from the Shackles of Mental Illness," in R.S. Stewart, ed.,

Talk About Sex: A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2013, 249-259. 

4.    R.S. Stewart, "The Many Facets of Food," in R.S. Stewart and S Korol, eds., Food For Thought:

                        A Multidisciplinary Study. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2012, 7-12. 

3.    R.S. Stewart, "Filling the Empty Self: Fat, Community, and Happiness," in R.S. Stewart and S Korol, eds., Food For

                        Thought: A Multidisciplinary Study. Sydney, NS: CBU Press, 2012, 26-37. 

2.    Rod Nicholls & RS. Stewart, [1] “The Play’s the Thing: Theatrical Expression Today.”

In Ananta Sukla., ed., Art and Expression: Contemporary Perspectives in the Occidental and Oriental Traditions.

Nordhausen, Germany: Verlag Traugott Bautz GmbH, 2012, pp. 188-217.

1.    Paul Dumouchel &R.S. Stewart, "Democracy, Toleration, and the Evolution

                         of Practical Reason."  In Lucas Sosoé, ed.,  Subjectivité, Democratie et  Raison Practique.

                         Paris & Montréal: L’Harmattan, 1998, pp. 63-74.  

Refereed Articles

24.    R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson, "Mis-Placed Men: Aging and Change in McCarthy's

                No Country for Old Men and Coetzee's Disgrace." Janus Head: A Journal of

                Interdisciplinary Studies, in press.

23.    R.S. Stewart, "Saying How you Feel: Men and Women on Sexual Arousal and Desire," The International

            Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences," 6.10, 2012,  pp. 203-212.

22.    R.S. Stewart, "Telling Patients the Truth," Online Journal of Health Ethics, 6.1, 2010, 1-10.

21.    R.S. Stewart & Sue Korol, "De-Signing Fat: Re-constructing the Global Obesity Epidemic,"

                International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 23.2, 2009. (penultimate PDF version here)

20.    R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson, "Growing Up Through the Ages: Autonomy and 

                 Maturity in Tom Jones, Great Expectations, and I Am Charlotte Simmons,"

                  Janus Head: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 11.2, 2009, 257-286. Online version at


19.    R.S. Stewart, "Withholding and Withdrawal of Life Support: Moral Dilemmas, Moral 

                        Distress, and Moral Residue," Online Journal of Health Ethics, 1 (2), 2007, 1-14.

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18.    R.S. Stewart, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A Philosophic Discussion of the End of Love," 

                    Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 14.2, 2007, 60-73. (penultimate PDF version)

17.     R.S. Stewart, "Maddening Melancholy: The Perils of Psychological Reductionism in Walker Percy,

                    Richard Ford, and Jonathan Franzen," Janus Head: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 8.2,

                    Winter, 2005, 527-543. (online version at )

16.    R.S. Stewart, "What was Mill's Problem Really? J.S. Mill's 'Mental Crisis' and Posthumous

                    Psychological Diagnosis" Radical Psychology, 4.2, 2005. 

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15.     R.S. Stewart, "Big Houses, Small Politics: Public and Private Spaces in Anne Tyler's Fiction," Journal of

                    Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, XXVII, 1-2, 2004, 71-86.

14.    R.S. Stewart & Roderick Nicholls, “Pragmatic Choices: Teaching Applied Aesthetics

                        Through Brecht’s Life of Galileo,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 38.2, 2002,

                        pp. 50-66. 

13.    R.S. Stewart & Paul Dumouchel, “Multiple Personality Disorder, Literature, and the Politics

                         of Memory,” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Vol. XXV, 

                           1-2, 2002,  pp. 107-121.

12.       R.S. Stewart & Roderick Nicholls, “Virtual Worlds, Travel, and the Picturesque Garden,”

                        Philosophy and Geography, 5.1, 2002, pp. 83-99.

11.       R.S. Stewart, “Hacking the Blues: The Construction of the Depressed Adolescent,”

                        International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 15.2, 2001, pp. 219-237.

10.        R.S. Stewart, “Tayloring the Self: Identity, Articulation, and Community in Proulx’s

                        The Shipping News,” Studies in Canadian Literature, 23.2, 1998, pp. 49-70.

online version at

9.       R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson,  "Deceit, Desire, and Destruction in King Lear,"

                        Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Vol. XVII: 1-2,

                        1994, pp. 51-68.

 8.        R.S. Stewart, "Art For Argument's Sake:  Saving Mill From the Fallacy

                         of Composition," Journal of Value Inquiry, 27, 3,4, Dec., 1993, pp. 443-453.

online version at

7.       R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson, "Heroes and Hideousness: Frankenstein and

                         Failed Unity," Substance, XXII, 2 and 3, Fall, 1993, pp. 228-242.

                        (online version: )

 6.          R.S. Stewart, "Utilitarianism Meets Romanticism:  John Stuart Mill's Theory of

                         Imagination," History of Philosophy Quarterly, 10.4, Oct., 1993, pp. 369-388.

 5.         R.S. Stewart, "Bertolt Brecht, Edward Bullough, and Psychical Distance,"

                         Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 1990, pp. 1-18.

 4.         R.S. Stewart, "Aristotle on Pleasure," Auslegung, Vol. 16, No.

1:  Winter, 1990, pp. 1-12.

 3.         R.S. Stewart, "The Epistemological Function of Platonic Myth,"

Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 22, No. 4, 1989, pp. 260-280.

 2           R.S. Stewart, "'Where Have You Been and Where Are You Going?' A Question

                         of Consistency in Plato's Aesthetics,"  Dialogue (Journal of Phi Sigma Tau),

                         Vol. 31, No. 1, Oct., 1988, pp. 1-10.

 1.          R.S. Stewart, "Say No More?  The Relationship Between Parmenides'  Ways

                         of Truth and Seeming," Eidos, Vol. IV, No. 2, Dec., 1985, pp. 167-186.

 Conference Proceedings

4.        R.S. Stewart, "Constructing Perversions: The DSM and the Classification of the Sexual Paraphilias and Disorders,"

Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 15, 2102. 15 MS pp.

3.        R.S. Stewart & Barbara Legatto-Stewart, "Modern Mesmerism or Postmodern Science?

                    The Case of Therapeutic Touch," Contemporary Philosophy, XXV, 3,4, 2003, 3-14.

2.       R.S. Stewart, “Autonomy, Wisdom, and Philosophical Counselling, Journal of 

                    Philosophical Practice, 1.1, 2003, pp. 1-11.


 1.         R.S. Stewart, "Heads Talking About  Art and Knowledge: An Overview,"

AE: The Canadian Aesthetics Journal, Vol. 8, Fall, 2003, 

Dictionary and Book Entries

R.S. Stewart, "A Philosopher's View of Love." In R. Adler, J Rolls, and R Proctor II, ed's., Looking Out,

    Looking In, Canadian Edition, Nelson, 2012, p. 118.

R.S. Stewart, "Quoyle" [from Annie Proulx's The Shipping News]. Students' Encyclopedia of

    American Literary Characters. Ed's. MJ Bruccoli & JS Baughman. Facts on File, 2008.

Edited Journal

R.S. Stewart & Mano Daniel, Co-Editors, Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal
    of Philosophy (1987-89)

[1]Please note that in this case, Rod Nicholls is the first author and I am the second one. In all other cases where there are two authors listed, the effort was joint; i.e., there is no “first” and “second” author.

Book Reviews

Review of Julie Peakman, The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex (London: Reaktion Books). In Metapsychology.

Review of Jennifer Michael Hecht, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013). In Metapsychology 18 (43), 2014.

Review of Alain de Botton, How to Think More About Sex. Oxford and Basingstoke: MacMillan 2012. In Metapsychology 17 (52), 2013.

Review of John Corvino & Maggie Gallagher, Debating Same-Sex Marriage. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Metapsychology,16 (36).

 Review of Lawrence Block, A Drop of the Hard Stuff, Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company, 2011. In

    Metapsychology 15 (12), 2011. 

Review of D Barish & J. Lipton, Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy

    (New York: Bellevue Literary press, 2009). In Metapsychology 15 (5), 2011.

Review of Richard O'Connor, Happy at Last: The Thinking Person's Guide to Happiness (New York:

    St. Martin's Press, 2008) in Metapsychology 14 (36), 2010.

Review of Samuel Franklin, The Psychology of Happiness: A Good Human Life (Cambridge:

    Cambridge University Press, 2010), in Philosophy in Review 30 (5): 338-340. (Click here for review)

Review of Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay, The Fat Studies Reader (New York & London: New York

    University Press, 2009), in Metapsychology 14 (27), 2010.

Review of Irving Singer, Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing Up (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2009)

    in Philosophy in Review 30 (2), 2010: 141-142.(Click here for review.)

Review of Lisa Diamond, Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire (Harvard University Press, 2008),

    in Metapsychology 14 (9), 2010.

Review of Susan Farrell, Basement Suite (Cape Breton University Press, 2009), in  The Antigonish Review 162, 55-57, 2010.

Review of Brian Alexander, America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction (Harmony Books, 2008) in

    Metapsychology, 13 (40), 2009.

Review of James Giles, The Nature of Sexual Desire (University Press of America, 2008) in

    Metapsychology 13 (35), 2009.

Review of Daniel Bergner, The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys Into the Far Realms of Lust

    and Longing. (New York: Harper Collins, 2009) in Metapsychology 13 (22), 2009.

Review of C.G. Prado, Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism. (Cambridge: Cambridge

    University Press, 2008) in Philosophy in Review, XXIX (4), August, 2009, 272-274.

Review of Robert Young, Medically Assisted Death. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) in

    Metapsychology 13 (15), 2009,

Review of Fiona Randall and R.S. Downie, The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and

        Reconstruction. (Oxford: OUP, 2006) in Philosophy in Review, XXIX (1), Feb., 2009, 60-61.

Review of Mary Roach, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. (New York & London: 

    WW Norton, 2008), in Metapsychology 12 (31), 2008

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Review of Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence.

        (New York: Harper Collins, 2006), in Metapsychology 12 (4), 2008.

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Review of Pamela Drukerman, Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity 

        from Tokyo to Tennessee. (New York: Penguin, 2007) in Metapsychology 11.35, 2007.


Review of Michael Gross, Bioethics and Armed Conflict: Moral Dilemmas of Medicine

        and War. (Cambridge, Mass. & London: MIT Press, 2006), in Philosophy in

        Review, XXVII. 5 Oct., 2007, 343-345.

Review of A. Caplan, J. McCartney, & D. Sisti, ed's., The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at 

        the End of Life (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2006), in Metapsychology 11.25, 2007.  

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Review of Jonathan Glover, Choosing Children: The Ethical Dilemmas of 

        Genetic Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2006), in Metapsychology 11.6, 2007. 

Review of Daniel Gilbert,  Stumbling on Happiness (New York: Knoph, 2006), in

         Metapsychology 10. 31, 2006.

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Review of Nicholas Agar, Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement 

        (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), in Metapsychology 10.21, 2006

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Review of Kenneth Richman, Ethics and the Metaphysics of Medicine: Reflections on

        Health and Beneficence (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2004), in Philosophy

        in Review, 25.6, Dec., 2005, 440-442.

Review of Thea Smith, She Let Herself Go (Waterville, ME: Five Star Press, 2002), in

        The Antigonish Review, 137, Spring, 2004, 97-99.

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 PAPERS PRESENTED (Last five years)

R.S. Stewart, "Sexual Privacy"

- Philosophy Cafe, McConnell Library, Sydney, December, 2014.

R.S. Stewart, "Much Ado About Nothing? The Case of Teen Sexting."

- Sex and the State 3 Conference, Montreal, Quebec, October, 2014.

R.S. Stewart, "Just Say No to the Corporate University"

- CBU, October, 2014

R.S. Stewart, "Moving Forward: Some Ideas on a National Campaign for Post-Secondary Education in Canada,"

- CBU, October, 2014.


R.S. Stewart, "Sexuality, Privacy, and Hypocrisy: The Ethics of Outing,"

- Popular/American Culture Association, General Meeting, Chicago, Ill., April, 2014.

R.S. Stewart, "Lost in America? The Current Controversy over Sex Education in Public Schools."

- Popular/American Culture Association of the South, Savannah, Georgia, October, 2013.

   -   Far West Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, February, 2013. 

R.S. Stewart, "Sex, ‘Sexual Dysfunction’ and the Aging Adult: Does Big Pharma Have the Answer?”

   -    Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, University of Waterloo, May, 2012. 

    -    1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March, 2012.

R.S. Stewart, "Pathology, Patriarchy, and BDSM, A Commentary of Zaslow's Talk," Canadian Philosophical

Association, University of Waterloo, May, 2012.

R.S. Stewart, "Constructing Aberrant Behavior: The DSM and the Classification of Sexual Paraphilias”

    -    Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults & Children (APPAC), Athens, Greece,

            May, 2010.

    -    Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association, King's University, Halifax, NS, Oct., 2010.

    -     The Medicalization of Sex, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, April, 2011.

    -    Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Eastern and Midwestern Joint Meeting, University of

           Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, May, 2012.

R.S. Stewart, "Some Ethical Issues in Treating and Caring for Patients with Dementia,"

    -    'Aging is Only a Number' Conference, CB Regional Hospital, Sydney, NS, Oct., 2010.

    -    Teleheath Cape Breton, CB Regional Hospital, Sydney, NS, April, 2010

    -    N.S. Alzheimer's Society, Sydney, NS, Jan., 2010

R.S. Stewart, "Big Pharma Hits the Road: Ethical Consideration of Conducting Drug Trials

                         in the Developing World"

    -   Canadian International College, Cairo, May, 2010

R.S. Stewart, S Korol, S Profit, & A.F. D'Intino, Big Ideas in Small Places:

                            The Promise of Collaborative Research in Small Institutions"

    -    8'th Annual Cape Breton Health Research Symposium, Sydney, NS, April, 2010.

R.S. Stewart, "Saying How you Feel: Women and Men on Sexual Arousal and Sexual Desire,"

    -    Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, New York City, October, 2009.

    -    Cape Breton University, November, 2009

    -    University of Prince Edward Island, March, 2010

    - Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, University of New Orleans, July, 2011.

R.S. Stewart, "Telling Patients the Truth: A Case Study in Moral Decision Making"

    -    Telehealth Cape Breton, June, 2009.

R.S. Stewart, "Dutch Law on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: A Model for Canada?"

    -    Cape Breton Regional Hospital Ethics Committee, June, 2009.

R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson, "Mis-Placed Men: Aging and Change in Coetzee's Disgrace

                and McCarthy's No Country for Old Men."

    -    American Culture Association, New Orleans, April, 2009.

    -    American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, July, 2009.

R.S. Stewart & Sue Korol, "Autonomy and Passive Euthanasia: North America vs. Japan"

    -    Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, November, 2008.

R.S. Stewart, "J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: Questions and Comments,"

    -    MV Explorer, Semester at Sea, Atlantic Ocean, September, 2008.

R.S. Stewart & Sue Korol, "Designing Fat: The Construction of Obesity as Disease"            

    -     University Medical Centre, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands

                June, 2008.

    -    Popular Culture Association, San Francisco, March, 2008.

R.S. Stewart & Michael Manson, "Growing Up Through the Ages: Autonomy and 

                        Maturity in Tom Jones, Great Expectations, and I Am Charlotte Simmons"

    - University of Dundee, Scotland,  English Department Speaker Series, March, 2007.

    - American Society of Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, NM, July, 2007.

R.S. Stewart, "Withholding and Withdrawal of Dialysis: Moral Dilemmas, Moral 

                        Distress, and Moral Residue"

      -    Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists, Atlantic Division, 

                        Sydney, NS, June, 2006.

R.S. Stewart,  "From Ethical Theory to Practice" 

        -    Seaview Manor Guest Home, Sydney, NS, Jan., 2011.       

        -    Telehealth Cape Breton, June, 2007

        -    Northside General Hospital, North Sydney, NS, May, 2007.



2004-present       Professor, Cape Breton University

Fall, 2008            Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program

                            (a round-the-world voyage of 30 faculty and 700 university students)

Fall, 1998           Visiting Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

1993-2004          Associate Professor, UCCB (now CBU)
1990-1993          Assistant Professor, UCCB (now CBU)

1989-1990            Lecturer, Wilfrid Laurier University
1987,1989            Lecturer, University of Waterloo
1986                     Lecturer (Summer School) University of New Brunswick


Introduction to Philosophy (Philosophy 100)
Natural Science (Natural Science 120)
Moral Issues (Philosophy 110)
Business Ethics (Philosophy 105)
Nineteenth Century Philosophy (Philosophy 390)
Philosophy of Drama (Fine arts 103/Philosophy 203)
Ethics (Philosophy 208/ Philosophy 305/307)
Critical Thinking/Informal Logic (UW & WLU)
History of Ethics (UNB)
Ancient Philosophy I (Plato) (Philosophy 383, now 370)
Ancient Philosophy II (Aristotle) (Philosophy 385, now 370)
Love, Sex, and Friendship (Philosophy 205)
Applications of Medical Ethics (Philosophy 225)
Ethics and the Law (Philosophy 209)
Social Justice (Philosophy 450)
Aesthetics (Philosophy 331/631 -- a combination undergraduate and graduate course
taught during my sabbatical in the fall of 1998 at the University of Waterloo)
Nursing Ethics (Nursing/Philosophy 330)

Debating Artistic Values (Philosophy 231)