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.


Kant and Hospitality

4th Conference in Kantian Studies at Memorial, Kant and Hospitality, September 22-23, 2016.  Keynote Speaker Katrin Flikschuh is Professor of Modern Political Theory at the London School of Economics.  She works mainly on Kant's political philosophy but also has a growing interest in African philosophy.  She is principal investigator of a three year Leverhume Trust Project, and is currently completing a book on "What is Orientation in Global Thinking?  A Kantian Inquiry" (CUP forthcoming).  Her previous books include Kant and Modern Political Philosophy (CUP 2000) and Freedom. Contemporary Liberal Perspectives (Polity 2007)  See here for complete programme.

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The First Science, Who We Are, What We Do: The Department of Philosophy


If academic disciplines were Olympic events, philosophy would be weightlifting.

From the Greek meaning “love of wisdom,” philosophy addresses fundamental questions concerning life, death, form, existence, being and God. Historically, philosophy encompassed any body of knowledge and, until the 19th century, included the study of medicine, astronomy and physics.  Please see complete article below.


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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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