Dr. Cindy Holder

Dr. Cindy Holder
Associate Professor
Office: CLE B322 | Office hours: Tues 10:00-11:00am

History: BA (McGill), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (University of Arizona).

Cindy is an Associate Professor and has previously taught at the University of Arizona. She joined this department in 2001.

Interests: Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Theory (Normative Theory), History of Moral and Social Thought, Feminist Philosophy, Ethical Theory (Metaethics).


  • “Preventing Humanitarian Crises” in Larry May, ed. War and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press: 2008).
  • “Culture as an Activity and Human Right: An  Important Advance for Indigenous Peoples and International Law" Alternatives, Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples, 33 (2008).
  • with Jeff Corntassel: “Who’s Sorry Now? Government Apologies, Truth Commissions and Indigenous Self-Determination in Australia, Canada, Guatemala and Peru” Human Rights Review 9:4 (July/September 2008).
  •  “Debating the Danish Cartoons: Civil Rights or Civil Power?”, UNB Law Journal 55 (2006), 179-185.
  • “Self-Determination as a Universal Human Right”, Human Rights Review 7:4 (July-September 2006), 5-18 .
  • “Rethinking  Political Justification” Journal of Value Inquiry 30 (2005), 511-529.
  • “Self-Determination as a Basic Human Right: The Draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” in Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, Avigail Eisenberg and Jeff Spinner-Halev, eds, (Cambridge University Press: 2004), pp 294-316.
  • “Culture as a Basic Human Right” in Diversity and Equality: The Changing Framework of Freedom in Canada, Avigail Eisenberg, ed (University of British Columbia Press, 2005), pp. 170-208.
  • Co-authored: “Indigenous Peoples and Multicultural Citizenship: Bridging the Gap Between Collective and Individual Rights”, Human Rights Quarterly 24:1 (February 2002), 126-151, with Jeff Corntassel, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria. Reprinted in Human Rights and the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social and Cultural, Jeanne M. Woods and Hope Lewis, eds. (Transnational Publishers: New York, 2005)
  • “Are Patriarchal Cultures Really a Problem? Rethinking Objections from Cultural Viciousness”, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 12 (2002) 727-757.
  • “Groups, Rights and Methodological Individualism:  In Defense of Collectivist Rights”, in Social Philosophy Today,  vol. 15: Cultural Integrity and World Community, Cheryl Hughes and Yeager Hudson, eds. (Edwin Mellen Press: 2000), pp 305 - 320.
  • “Normativity and the Public Domain: Political Theory and Ethical Commitment”, Law Commission of Canada (Canada Communications Group: Ottawa, 1999).