"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.

The Department of Philosophy will be hosting a graduate conference in March 2018. Click here for the call for papers! 



Body, Mind and Spirit Conference

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Philosophy Department), Queen’s College (Faculty of Theology), the Faculty of Medicine (Community Health and Humanities) as well as Eastern Health and the Provincial Health Ethics Network are collaborating to organize a conference on Ethics for the 21st Century: Body, Mind and Spirit.

All are invited.


November 29
9:30 to 3:00 p.m: Preconference on Theological and Pastoral Issues at Queen’s College Faculty of Theology Suite 3000.
4:00 p.m. Opening of Conference Queen’s College Great Hall, Ground Floor 4:10 p.m. Keynote address by Dr. Francoise Baylis, PhD
5:30 p.m. Reception 

November 30
Queen’s College Faculty of Theology Suite 3000
9:30 a.m. Keynote address by Dr. Leslie Francis, PhD
11:00 a.m. Papers on Human Issues
1:30 p.m. Papers on Environmental Issues
3:30 p.m. Keynote address by Michael Schulz, PhD

December 01
HSC Medical School Auditorium
9:00 a.m. Keynote address by Dr. Andrew Latus, PhD, MD
10:30 Panel on Ethics for the 21st Century
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Medical Grand Rounds, Dr. Judy Illes

PhD Presenters include Baylis, Francoise (Dalhousie); Davis, Reade (MUN); Flynn, Jennifer (MUN); Francis, Leslie (Warwick, UK); Illes, Judy (UBC); Kaposy, Christopher (MUN); Kavanagh, Chandra (Ryerson); McGrath, Sean (MUN & Queen’s); Pullman, Daryl (MUN); Rebidoux, Michelle (MUN & Queen’s); Schulz, Michael (Bonn, Germany); Singleton, Richard (MUN & Queen’s); and Trnka, Peter (MUN).

To register, you can e-mail munethicsconf2017@gmail.com, and please indicate you intention to attend the entire conference or specific sessions.
There is no charge for attendance at this conference.

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Bradley Lecture in Speculative Philosophy 2017

The Bradley Lecture in Speculative Philosophy, 2017.

Professor Douglas Hedley of the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge will present:

‘The Cambridge Platonists and the Idealistic Vision of Nature’

Monday, November 13, 2017

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall

There will be a reception to follow.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Professor Hedley is the author of, among other works, a trilogy on the religious imagination: Living Forms of the Imagination (2008), Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred (2011), and The Iconic Imagination (2016), and a major monograph on Coleridge’s philosophy of religion entitled, Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion: Aids to Reflection and the Mirror of the Spirit. Professor Hedley is the Principal Investigator on the AHRC grand, The Cambridge Platonists at the Origins of Enlightenment: texts, databases, and reception (1650-1730). He is also Director of the Cambridge Centre for the study of Platonism, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and co-chair of the Platonism and Neoplatonism section of the American Academy of Religion. Supported by the Vice President (Academic)’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts.

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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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