Christian Nadeau

Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal.

Positions held

2003-2004 to today Co-researcher(s),
2019-2020 to today Axis direction,


Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. He co-directs the Ethics and Politics axis.

He has been a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal since June 2002, where he teaches the history of ethics and political philosophy. He was also a visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in March 2005 and at the University of Paris-I Sorbonne in June 2006. He supervises several master’s and doctoral students, the latter in co-supervision with French universities. He divides his research into two broad categories: contemporary political philosophy and the history of political ideas from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. These two categories also reflect the content of its courses and seminars.

In contemporary political philosophy, her work focuses on issues of transitional justice in the post-war context (reconstruction of institutions, criminal justice and truth and reconciliation commissions, collective memory, etc.), where her main theoretical interests are questions of collective responsibility and democratic deliberation. In general, his research is in line with work on neo-republicanism, whether it is social justice and democracy issues, or my work on immigration. In moral philosophy, he situates his work in the perspective of consequentialism.

His publications in the history of ideas focus on the relationship between political freedom and authority, from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century, and more specifically on the republican tradition since the Renaissance. With this in mind, he was particularly interested in the works of Machiavelli, Jean Bodin, Hobbes and Rousseau.

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