Jessy  Giroux



Graduate Student


St. George,


  • BA, Université de Montréal
  • MA, Université de Montréal

Jessy is currently completing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Thomas Hurka, Sergio Tenenbaum, and Joseph Heath.

His dissertation is on the unity of the normative domain and the relation between evaluative and deontic concepts. He is attempting to determine whether there exists a primitive normative concept, i.e. a fundamental concept to which all other normative concepts can be reduced.

This topic lies at the intersection between various topics in ethics and metaethics that greatly interest him, such as the nature of normative reasons, the fitting-attitude account of value, and the possibility of moral truth.

Finally, his other philosophical interests include various issues in applied and normative ethics (such as consequentialism and the treatment of non-human animals), political philosophy, epistemology, and the history of analytic philosophy.

Research Interests:

Ethics, Metaethics