"Philosophy has taught me to rely on my own convictions rather than on the judgment of others and to concern myself less with whether I am well thought of than whether what I do or say is evil."

-Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man

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.

climate change



Upcoming: Memorial European Summer School in Philosophy

Husserl Archives, Higher Institute of Philosophy,

KU Leuven, Belgium

Tuesday, June 6th - Friday June 9th, 2017

Politics and the Phenomenological Tradition


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500 Years Since Martin Luther

500 Years since Martin Luther
A Journey of Reformation and Transformation.

Date: May 01, 2017
Queen’s College Faculty of Theology
210 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s NL

This event is organized to mark the beginning of the significant
historic, theological and cultural changes that started when Martin
Luther nailed ninety-five thesis to the Castle Church door in
Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.

Participants can attend any or all sessions.

12:30 p.m.      Midday Prayer

1:00 p.m.       Historical Context of the Reformation
        Michelle Rebidoux, PhD

1:45 p.m.       Martin Luther: His Essential Theology
        David Bell, DPhil

2:30    Nutrition break

2:45    Viewing and discussion of Modern Luther Festivals
        Barry Stephenson, PhD

3:15 p.m.       Panel on Contemporary Significance of Martin Luther’s Reformation
        Sean McGrath, PhD
        David Bell, Phil D
        Michelle Rebidoux, PhD
        Rev. Dr. Ian Wishart
        Barry Stephenson, PhD (Panel facilitator)

5:00 p.m. Bitters … cash bar and pub grub.

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In the Agora

Twinsome Minds

On November 4th, 2016, Irish Philosopher, Richard Kearney, and visual artist, Sheila Gallagher, performed the internationally acclaimed Twinsome Minds (a phrase from Joyce): Recovering the 1916 Easter Rising in Images and Stories. 
In a stunning performance, they brought us back to a foundational moment in the history of modern Ireland, demonstrating a transformative interpretation of Dublin's Easter Rising for a new generation. The event was co-hosted by the Department of History and the Department of Philosophy, with the support of the Irish Embassy, Culture Ireland, and the Irish Newfoundland Association.

Click here and here to see photos from the performance. 

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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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