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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.

 

At this week's Philosophy Colloquium, In SN 2101, Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 4:30pm David Thompson will be presenting "The evolutionary origin of selfhood in normative emotions.

Then that same evening, Dr. Steve Crocker (MUN Sociology) will give the final public lecture of the year at the Ship Pub at 8:30pm, entitled "Methylmercury as Metaphor: And Other Undisciplined Thoughts on Muskrat Falls, the Future and Our Poisonous Present." He will offer some ideas from recent developments in social and political philosophy that can help us think about the tumultuous events of the recent past. Crocker will show how the debate on methylmercury and Muskrat Falls makes intelligible a whole range of related developments that are changing the world around us--from finance capital to biopolitics, and from the rise of the security state and the risk society, to the changing nature of public space, art and protest. This is not just a lecture about Muskrat Falls, but a toolbox of ideas for understanding the present.




News

Idea of God Conference

From Wednesday 23 November to Friday 25 November the Philosophy Department and Queen's College will co-host a conference on the Idea of God. This international event will feature keynote addresses from Jean Grondin (U de M) and Garth Green (McGill). For more information, to see the event poster and schedule.

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What is a Green Economy? Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change

Dr. Sean McGrath, head of the Department of Philosophy and director of For A New Earth, will moderate a town hall meeting on climate change and the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, November 29, from 7:30-9:30pm in the Aula Maxima of St. Bonaventure's College. 

 

Dr. Barbara Neis (Sociology), Dr. James Feehan (Economics) and Dr. Bill Montevecchi (Ocean Sciences) will present, followed by an open discussion.

 

For more information check out the poster or go to foranewearth.org.

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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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