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Richard Matthews, PH.D

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Laurentian University Campus
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, On P3E 2C6

Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Human Sciences Division
Assistant Professor and Bioethicist, Centre for Health Care Ethics, Lakehead University
Bioethicist, Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Bioethicist, St. Joseph’s Care Group, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Bioethicist, Thunder Bay Long Term Care Group, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Bioethicist, Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario



Ph.D.; Philosophy
Queens University (Kingston, ON)


MA.; Philosophy
Queens University (Kingston, ON)


Joint BA (Hons.) Philosophy and German
Memorial University (St. John’s, NL)

Research Investigations

My current interests include:

  • violence;
  • health ethics with Indigenous peoples
  • Privilege and Oppression in health care

Selected Publications

Matthews, R. 2008. The absolute violation: Why torture must be forbidden. Montreal: McGill-Queen University Press.

Matthews, R. 2016. “The cultural erosion of indigenous people in health care. CMAJ, September 12, 2016.

Richard Matthews. “Beyond Toleration – Facing the Other,” 2015. Invited section introduction. Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education. Cathy Benedict, Paul Woodford et al eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Matthews, R. 2013. Privilege, torture and non-killing. In: Non-killing, security and the stateed. Joam Evans-Pim. Honalulu and Omaha: Centre for Global Non-Killing, 279-296.

Matthews, R.  2012. An empirical critique of interrogational torture. Journal of Social Philosophy, 43(4),  457-470.

Matthews, R. 2010. Torture and narrative: An absolute violation of the self. In: Confessions: Confounding narrative and ethics, eds. Eleanor Milligan and Emma Woodley. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 143-159.

Matthews R. 2010.  In defense of Article 2.2 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Sciences et Esprit 62 (no 2-3), 355-371.