The Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy (CJPP) is an on-line, open access publication (https://www.scholar.uwindsor/csspe). It was founded by Philip MacEwen (York University) and Sandra Tomsons (Research Affiliate, University of Winnipeg) in 2017 and is published by the University of Windsor through its Leddy Library on-line, open access publishing unit.

The editors would like to thank everyone who helped with the multiple challenges of launching the CJPP. Special thanks are due to Professors David Shugarman (Emeritus, York University) and Kira Tomsons (Douglas College), who first suggested to one or both of the editors the need for a Canadian on-line journal in practical ethics/philosophy. Professor Maureen Muldoon of the University of Windsor contacted the personnel at Leddy Library’s on-line and open access unit and helped enormously with start-up operations. David Johnson, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Digital Projects Coordinator, Leddy Library, assisted with the publication of Volumes 1 and 2. Mita Williams, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Head, Information Services Department, Leddy Library, has helped with the publications of subsequent Volumes.

Like the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics/Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éthique appliquée (CSSPE/SCEEA,, which has always encouraged participation from critical thinkers at large and with which the CJPP has historically been associated, the CJPP seeks submissions from across the curriculum. Also solicited are contributions from those working on foundational epistemological and metaphysical/ontological questions in their disciplines, the answers to which are presupposed, but seldom addressed, by their disciplines. The goal of the CJPP is to become the journal of choice of researchers (faculty and graduate students) and practical decision makers when seeking information and critical commentary on issues of concern.

Toward this end, the CJPP has established an editorial board that is diverse, gender equal, and representative of Canada as a whole. While there is still work to be done in this regard, the following have agreed to join the editorial board and list of reviewers:

  • John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, University of Victoria
  • Nathan Brett, Philosophy (Emeritus), Dalhousie University
  • Will Buschert, Philosophy and Political Science, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jane Dryden, Philosophy, Mount Allison University
  • Jay Drydyk, Philosophy, Carlton University
  • Jennifer Flynn, Centre for Bioethics, Department of Philosophy, and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
  • Lorraine Mayer, Native Studies, Brandon University
  • Bruce Morito, Philosophy (Emeritus), Athabasca University
  • Maureen Muldoon, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Windsor
  • Dwight Newman, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Kathryn J. Norlock, Philosophy, Trent University
  • Douglas Rabb, Philosophy (Emeritus), Lakehead University
  • Christine Tappolet, Philosophie, Université de Montréal
  • Kira Tomsons, Philosophy, Douglas College
  • Jennifer Welchman, Philosophy, University of Alberta
  • Alex Wellington, Philosophy, Ryerson University

Volume 4 features four papers, three of which were presented at the 2019 meetings of the CSSPE/SCEEA, as part of Congress 2019/Congrès 2019, held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

The first paper, by David Collins (McGill University), considers why grade inflation is ethically wrong. This paper was the winner of the 2018 Don MacNiven Student Essay Prize for the best essay submitted to the CSSPE/SCEEA as part of Congress 2018/Congrès 2018, held at the University of Regina, by a current graduate student that year.

The second paper, by Andrew Molos (York University), addresses the mental health stigma, narrative, and lived experience of people with schizophrenia. This paper was the winner of the 2019 Don MacNiven Student Essay Prize for the best essay submitted to the CSSPE/SCEEA by a current graduate student that year.

The third paper, by Kira Tomsons (Douglas College), examines the problematic of lying to children within the broader context of cultivating epistemic virtue in parenting.

The fourth paper, by M.C. Young (Keyano College), reflects on whether conservativism and communitarianism are two or one.

These are all contributions on the cutting edge of research. We hope you enjoy reading them and thank you for visiting the CJPP website.

Philip MacEwen (
Sandra Tomsons (

Editors, CJPP

In This Volume

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Monday, June 1st
12:00 AM

The Other Academic Dishonesty: Why Grade Inflation is Ethically Wrong

David Collins, McGill University

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Section 1: Paper 1


Reflections on Mental Health Stigma, Narrative, and the Lived Experience of Schizophrenia

Andrew Molas, York University

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Section 1: Paper 2


Lying to Children and the Cultivation of Epistemic Virtue

Kira Tomsons, Douglas College

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Section 1: Paper 3


Conservatism and Communitarianism: Two or One?

M. C. Young, Keyano College

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Section 1: Paper 4