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.


Special Edition of Con-textos Kantianos: International Journal of Philosophy

In fall 2015, Dr. Joël Madore and Dr. Scott Johnston guest edited
an issue of Con-textos Kantianos (2015:2), which features publications from four of our faculty members: Dr. Suma Rajiva (“Solus Secedo and Sapere Aude: Cartesian Meditation as Kantian Enlightenment”), Dr. Jay Foster (“Kant’s Machiavellian Moment”), Dr. Madore (“When Reason Began to Stir… —Kantian Courage and the Enlightenment”) and Dr. Johnston (“Afterword. On Enlightenment and the Most Difficult Problem of the Human Species”).


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Dr. Seamus O'Neill presents work in Medieval Philosophy at three different conferences

Faculty member Dr. Seamus O'Neill recently presented his work at Villanova University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (Washington D.C.) and at the Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

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In the Agora

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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Welcome Shannon Hoff!

The department's most recent hire is Dr. Shannon Hoff, who specializes in Hegel, feminism and social and political philosophy. Dr. Hoff is also the president of the Canadian Society for Continental philosophy and moved moved here from Toronto. 

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