Antoine C. Dussault

Professor of Philosophy at Collège Lionel-Groulx and Associate Professor at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST)

Positions held

2013-2014 to 2015-2016 Student(s),
2017-2018 to today Co-researcher(s),
2020-2021 to today Axis direction,


Antoine C. Dussault is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Collège Lionel-Groulx. He co-directs the Environmental and Animal Ethics axis.

Before joining the CRÉ as a co-researcher, he completed a PhD in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal (dir. Christine Tappolet and Frédéric Bouchard) on the concept of ecosystem health and its relevance to environmental ethics, then a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST) of the Université Paris I (dir. Philippe Huneman). He is also a founding member of the Research Group on Animal and Environmental Ethics (GRÉEA) and a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Philosophy (CJPE).

His research interests include environmental ethics, philosophy of ecology, and philosophy of medicine. In environmental ethics, he works mainly on the question of whether it is conceptually possible and ethically required to recognize a moral considerability of ecosystems. He is also interested in the question of the role of moral sentiments in the recognition of such a considerability and the conceptual issues raised by the concept(s) of intrinsic value. His work in the philosophy of ecology and medicine aims in part to inform this work, notably by clarifying the concept of function associated with the idea of functional biodiversity, developing a definition of health that can be applied to both organisms and ecosystems, and determining the ontological status of ecosystems.

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