David Rondel

David Rondel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
David Rondel


David Rondel earned his Ph.D. from the department of philosophy at McMaster University in 2009. His areas of research specialization include egalitarianism, theories of distributive justice, Marx and Marxism, and American pragmatist political theory (particularly the work of William James, John Dewey and Richard Rorty). David has published widely in these areas. He is the author of Pragmatist Egalitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2018) and co-editor of Pragmatism and Justice (Oxford University Press, 2017). Among other things, he is currently working on a book project exploring the connections between philosophy and anxiety.

Research interests

  • Social and political philosophy
  • Philosophy of law
  • Ethics (theoretical and applied)
  • American pragmatism
  • History of ethics and political philosophy
  • Philosophy of emotion


  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 213: Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 245: Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHIL 457: Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 453: Topics in the Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 406: American Philosophy
  • PHIL 712: Graduate Seminar, Liberalism and Its Discontents
  • CH 203: The American Experience and Constitutional Change

Selected and recent publications

  • Pragmatist Egalitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2018)

  • Pragmatism and Justice (Oxford University Press, 2017)

  • Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen (University of Calgary Press, 2012)

  • “Pragmatist Egalitarianism Revisited: Some Replies to my Critics.” Contemporary Pragmatism 16, no.4 (2019). pp. 337-347.

  • “Richard Rorty on the American Left in the Era of Trump.” Contemporary Pragmatism 15 (2018). pp. 194-210.

  • “How Pure Should Justice Be? Reflections on G.A. Cohen’s Rhetorical Rescue.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 49, no.3 (2016). pp. 323-342.

  • “Egalitarians, Sufficientarians, and Mathematicians: A Critical Notice of Harry Frankfurt’s On Inequality.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46, no.2 (2016). pp. 145-162. 

  • “Appraising Justice as Larger Loyalty.” Contemporary Pragmatism 12, no.2 (2015). pp. 302-316.

  • “Raz on Authority and Democracy.” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 51, no.2 (2012). pp. 211-230.

  • “Deweyan Democracy Defended.” Southwest Philosophy Review 28, no.1 (2012). pp. 197-207.

  • “G.A. Cohen and the Logic of Egalitarian Congruence.” Socialist Studies 8, no.1 (2012). pp. 82-100.

  • “On Rorty’s Evangelical Metaphilosophy.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 44, no.2 (2011). pp. 150-170.

  • “Liberalism, Ethnocentrism, and Solidarity: Reflections on Rorty.” Journal of Philosophical Research 34 (2009). pp. 55-68.

  • “Equality, Luck, and Pragmatism.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21, no.2 (2007). pp. 115-123.


  • Ph.D., McMaster University, 2009