The Department of Philosophy at Memorial University is a small but vibrant community of scholars actively researching in a variety of areas of philosophy in the heritage city of St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

The Department offers a variety of undergraduate programs, and directs graduate research in the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, and political philosophy, as well as other areas. Students of all levels are invited to come and explore the nature and problems of existence, being and thought.


For an overview of what's been happening in our department over the past few months, please click here.


Healing Voices

Digital Eyes Film invites you to a World Premiere screening of Healing Voices, April 29th in the Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre.  You are invited to be a part of the grass roots, non-theatrical release of Healing Voices, a social action documentary that asks the question:  What are we talking about when we talk about 'mental illness'?

Doors open at 7:00 pm with the screening starting at 7:30.  Screening will be followed by an audience discussion.


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2nd Bi-annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy

The 2nd Bi-Annual Memorial University Graduate Conference in Philosophy will be held on April 22-23, 2016, on the topic of “Metaphysics Today.”

A keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Marc De Kesel of Saint Paul University. Graduate students from MUN, as well as graduate students from across Canada and abroad, will be delivering 15-20 minute papers presentations on this year’s conference topic.

The graduate conference will begin on Friday, April 22 at 2:30pm. Dr. De Kesel’s keynote address will be delivered at 5pm. The conference will then continue on Saturday, April 23, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. 



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In the Agora

MUN Philosophy, For a New Earth and Prof. Sean McGrath featured in the Independent



On February 17, 2016, The Independent newspaper published an article on the recent ecological initiatives and analyses of Prof. Sean McGrath and his team. After an interview with Prof. McGrath, and following up on statments from his op-ed for MUN newspaper The Gazette, writer Justin Break presented some of Prof. McGrath's theses regarding "the challenges of consumer capitalism for its role in the ecological and climate crises," the significance of Pope Francis in this discussion, and how to start "'a new conversation' about ecology and sustainability".

To read the article, please click here. 

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Staging an Ecological Intervention: Future of Nature, Gros Morne Park September 2015

From September 10th to the 13th, several members of the philosophy department, led by the principle investigator, Dr. Sean McGrath, convened the Future of Nature, a four day festival of ideas on the West Coast of Newfoundland. 


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