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Philosophy Department News Fall Semester 2015


MUN Hosts The North American Schelling Society

MUN re-confirmed its reputation as the place for the study of German Idealism by hosting the fourth annual meeting of The North American Schelling Society from the 17th to the 19th of September with over fifty participants from all over the world. The keynote was given by Professor Paul Franks of Yale University. The conference ended with a memorable party at Sean McGrath’s house. For the full program see

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. With over seventy participants from aboriginal communities, the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the visual and performing art, and moving between four venues in Corner Brook, Norris Point and Woody, The Future of Nature was the first in a series of ecological interventions planned by For a New Earth, an international research initiative in environmental thought and action. The event featured lectures by prominent scholars and scientists, a visual art show of new works by Peter Wilkins, Gerry Squires, and Will Gill, an evening Gala of dance (Sarah Joy Stoker, Candice Pike, and Lori Clarke), story (Lisa Moore, Gerry Squires) and song (Esther Squires and Pam Morgan), and a evening of music with Gros Morne Summer Music’s ensemble Dark by Five.

And if that was not enough, the transdisciplinary group hiked the Tablelands and took a boat tour of Western Brook Pond. For more details on this extraordinary event and to hear about more upcoming events, see

Faculty and Graduate Research

The summer semester of 2015 saw the members of the Department of Philosophy travelling to Argentina, Iceland, Athens (Georgia), Athens (Greece), Paris, Malta, Italy, Germany, and Ireland to deliver papers at various conferences and international meetings.

Second Annual Kant Conference: Why Faith? 21-22 May

This past spring, the second annual Kant meeting was held at Memorial with a keynote lecture by George Di Giovanni and papers by Suma Rajiva, Joel Madore, and Scott Johnston.


MESSP  16-19 June ,2015: Freiburg, Germany

Memorial European Summer School in Philosophy (MESSP) ran from the 16th to the 19th of June at the University of Freiburg with a seminar entitled, “Questioning the Secular.” Nine MUN graduate students and faculty members joined a group of doctoral students from Freiburg and faculty from various European universities for an intense three days of paper presentations and scholarly exchanges. Plans were made for next years’ MESSP—in Krakow, Poland! Stay tuned.

New Graduate Students

We welcomed three new doctoral students, David Tracey, Zachary Fouchard, and Adam Haaga, as well as seven new MA students: Stephanie Butera, Maliheh Deyhim, Christopher Herbert, Ali Mahdi Karbalei, Ashkan Parchizadeh, Benedikt Rottenecker, Marlana Dugger.


The Department of Philosophy will present the 2nd Annual Kant Conference at MUN on May 21-22, 2015. Click here for details.

The Winter 2015 Colloquium will start on Tuesday, January 20th and will take place in C-4036 from 2:00-3:20 pm.

January 20 - Peter Gratton, "Schelling, Derrida and Freedom: Thinking without a Theme". Commentary by Kyla Bruff

January 27 - Michelle Rebidoux, "Persons, Community, and the Mystic Body: Towards a Phenomenological Christian Personalism". Commentary by Patrick Renaud

February 3 - Peter Harris, "Collingwood, Fackenheim and Bradley on Metaphysics and Historicity - A Report". Commentary by Gil Shalev

February 10 - David Thompson, "Origins of Objectivity". Commentary by Sarah Messer

February 24 - Suma Rajiva, "Rationalism and Subjectivity from Descartes to Leibniz". Commentary by Fintan Neylan

March 10 - Walter Okshevsky, "Evan Simpson on Reasonableness, Truth and Disagreement in Moral Judgement: A Habermasian Critique". Commentary by Aaron O'Brien

March 17 - Scott Johnston - "What was Transcendental Idealsm? Transcendent and Transcendental Arguments in the Metaphysik Vigilantius (1794-1795)" Commentary by Vahid Jafarzadehdarzi

March 24 - Jennifer Flynn - "Naturalism and Bioethics". Commentary by Shannon O'Rourke

March 31 - Sean McGrath - "The Late Schelling on the Trinity". Commentary by Michelle Mahoney 

The Winter Undergraduate Student Colloquium 

Every Friday an undergraduate student will present in the Colloquium from 1-2 pm in the Kiefte Room. All are welcome to attend. 

Philosophy Public Lecture Series at The Ship Pub

Upcoming Lecture will happen on Tuesday, March 31st at 8:30 pm with Amanda Bittner of the Political Science Department. 

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