Michael Yeo

Michael Yeo

Full Professor

Department of Philosophy
L-724, R.D. Parker Building Sudbury Campus


  • PhD Thesis: Creative Adequation: Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Philosophy
  • upon finishing PhD, accepted position as Research Associate, Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values
  • worked as ethicist for Canadian Medical Association for 6 years
  • have worked with numerous organizations on ethics issues (Canadian Nurses Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, College of Nurses of Ontario, Ontario Police College, etc.).
  • cross-appointed to Northern Ontario School of Medicine as member of Theme II re: Personal and Professional Aspects of Medicine
  • member of Ethics Committee of College of Family Physicians of Canada 


  • BA, Philosophy and English, York University
  • MA, Philosophy, McMaster University
  • PhD, Philosophy, McMaster University

Academic Appointments

  • Full Professor of Philosophy, Laurentian University
  • Cross-appointment to Northern Ontario School of Medicine 


  • main area of research is ethics and public policy
  •  currently researching in three related and overlapping areas:
    • a) the tension and relationship between science and values in public policy;
    • b) ethics and professionalism in medicine


  • Virtual Scholar, Inter-Agency Panel on Research Ethics, SSHRC $25,000


Fall 2016 I will be teaching: 

- Human Studies PhD 6156: Interdisciplinary Theory

- Early Modern Philosophy

- Existentialism

I will also be teaching in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. 


Yeo, M. (2015). No Integration without Differentiation: A Critical Look at Integrative Studies. In Perspectives in Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies. Eds. P. Hughes, J. Munoz, and M. Tanner. Lubock, Tx: Texas Tech University Press, 38-53; 221-221.

Ketchen, J., Yeo, M. (2015). Of Sheep, Shepherds, and a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Cynical View of Politics in House of Cards and Plato’s Republic. In Philosophy and House of Cards. Ed. J. Hackett. London: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 5-16. 

Yeo, Michael. (2014). Fault lines at the interface of science and policy: Interpretative responses to the trial of scientists in L'Aquila. Earth-Science Reviews 139, 406–419

Yeo, Michael. (2014). Implications of 21st century science for nursing care: interpretations and issues. Nursing Philosophy 15, 238–249, doi: 10.1111/nup.12069    

Ogle, K., Sullivan, B., and Yeo, M. K (2013). Teaching ethics in family medicine: Introducing a faculty handbook. Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 10, 1126-1127.

Yeo, Michael. (2012). The Rights of Science and the Rights of Politics: Lessons from the Long-form Census Controversy. Canadian Journal of Sociology 37(3): 295-318.

Yeo, Michael. (2012). An Agenda for Service Learning in the Humanities. Interdisciplinary Humanities (29)3: 159-176,

Piper, Linda A., and Michael Yeo. (2011). Ecolabels, Ecocertification, and Ecotourism. Sustainable Tourism: Socio-Cultural, Environmental and Economics Impact, Opatjja, Croatia: University of Rijeka, 279-254. 

Yeo, M., Moorhouse, A., Khan, P., & Rodney, P. (Eds.) (2010). Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics (3rd ed.) Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. Principal author of first edition; first author of second and third edition.

Yeo, Michael. (2010). Propaganda and Surveillance in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Two Sides of the Same Coin. Global Media Journal - Canadian Edition, Vol. 3 (2): 49-66.

Yeo, Michael. (2009). Do Family Physicians Agree on What Professionalism is? Debates (and Rebuttal) Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 55 (Oct. 2009): 968-971.

Yeo, Michael, Emery, J.C. Herbert, and Kary, Dan. (2009). The Private Insurance Debate in Canadian Health Policy: Making the Values Explicit. SPP Research Paper: The Health Series, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Volume 2, Issue 3.