Waheed Hussain (1972-2020) (updated)


Waheed Hussain, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, has died.

Professor Hussain was known for his work in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and business ethics, with a particular interest in ideas at the intersection of politics and economics, such as competition and community. One of his central projects, as he described it, was to “re-interpret central features of market arrangements to make them more consistent with liberal democratic ideals.” His recent articles include “Pitting People Against Each Other” (Philosophy & Public Affairs, Winter 2020), “Why Should We Care about Competition?” (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy,  November 2017), and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on “The Common Good” (2018). You can learn more about his writings here.

Professor Hussain joined the University of Toronto Department of Philosophy in 2014. Just before that, he held a visiting position at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His first faculty position was in The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton.

Professor Hussain died from cancer. He was 48.

UPDATE (2/3/21): The University of Toronto Department of Philosophy has posted a memorial notice here. A tribute to Dr. Hussain from the members of the Economic Ethics Network is here.

UPDATE (2/11/21): Philosophy & Public Affairs is offering free access for 90 days to two of Waheed Hussain’s recent articles in the journal, as a remembrance of his contributions to the discipline and to encourage more people to read his work.


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Martin Cooke
5 months ago

Thanks for letting us know (not being a professional philosopher, I found his writings on his website: https://waheedhussainuoft.wixsite.com/waheedhussainReport

Wendy Smith
Wendy Smith
5 months ago

A true philosopher and a beautiful person.Report

Philip Kremer
Philip Kremer
5 months ago

Waheed was a real mensch. He’ll be sorely missed by many.Report

Adrienne Martin
Adrienne Martin
5 months ago

I’m so sad to hear of this. I hadn’t been in touch with Waheed in a number of years, but enjoyed attending many conferences with him. He was an open and warm person, curious about other people, and a real pleasure to talk to about many subjects, in and out of philosophy.
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