Éliot Litalien

I am currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at McGill University. I also hold a MA in philosophy and a BA in political science and philosophy, both from Université de Montréal.

My primary research interests are situated at the intersection of political philosophy and social ontology. The central argument of my dissertation is that certain groups can qualify as (collective) agents and that their qualifying as agents means that their agency can be thwarted through interference, domination or oppression. This should raise normative concerns and, I argue, the fact of this arbitrary interference or domination offers legitimate normative grounds for the recognition of collective rights to (at least some of) the groups qualifying as agents.

I am also more generally interested in the notion of agency and what its protection and promotion could mean for normative ethics. I also have in strong interest in metaethics and epistemology.