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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 18, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Dr, Ashwani Kumar Peetush

Dr. Ashwani Peetush

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.3874
Fax: 519-884-5465
Office Location: S014

Academic Background

Dr. Peetush specializes in Legal and Political Theory, and Ethics.

Ph.D. University of Toronto

B.A. McGill University


My research focus is in the area of legal and political philosophy, and ethics. Some of my current research is in human rights, democracy, and global justice. I am interested in the conditions which make possible democratic deliberation: those which foster reflective, critical, and engaged citizenship. I explore approaches to creating meaningful grassroots intercultural dialogue between various communities, peoples, and the diversity of their beliefs and practices. My hierarchical aim is to raise a critical consciousness and awareness of issues of justice and fairness; in particular, I explore the manner in which specific communities are arbitrarily disadvantaged, marginalized, and structurally oppressed on the basis of race, culture, gender, disability, and economic status. At the international level of global justice, I am committed to developing a pluralistic framework for a global human rights regime, one which recognizes the fundamental importance of basic norms of ethical decency, of equality and freedom, but, at the same time respects that such norms may be justified, articulated, and balanced within the self-understandings of localized contexts. In addition, I am interested in classical Indian philosophy and Sanskrit studies. I am particularly interested in theories of the self in Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism, as well as legal and political implications of such theories with regard to current issues of toleration, pluralism, and justice.

Some of my publications include “Justice, Diversity, and Dialogue: Rawlsian Multiculturalism" (forthcoming),” "Indigenizing Human Rights: First Nations, Self-Determination, and Cultural Identity," in Indigenous Identity and Activism (Shipra Press, 2009), "Kymlicka, Multiculturalism, and Non-Western Nations," in Public Affairs Quarterly (2003), and "Cultural Diversity, Non-Western Communities, and Human Rights," in Philosophical Forum (2003).

I welcome graduate students interested in any of the above areas. 


Additional Information

Interview Feb. 2013, New Delhi, India: