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Ph.D (DePaul)

Office: AA3102
Phone: (709) 864-8335

Areas of Specialization:

  • Contemporary political philosophy
  • Contemporary European philosophy
  • Africana philosophy
  • Philosophies of race and gender
  • Metaphysics of space and time



BioPeter Gratton is assistant professor of Philosophy at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has published numerous articles in political, Continental, and intercultural philosophy and is the author of The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity (SUNY Press, 2012) and Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects (Bloomsbury, 2014). Co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Society and Space (Environmental Planning D), executive board member of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, books editor of Derrida Today, Peter has also edited three books: Traversing the Imaginary (Northwestern University Press, 2007), co-edited with John Mannousakis, Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking: Expositions of World, Politics, Art, and Sense (SUNY Press, 2012), co-edited with Marie-Eve Morin, and The Meillassoux Dictionary (Edinburgh, 2014), co-edited with Paul J. Ennis.

Link to CV


JOHNSTON, James Scott

Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Office: 5002 Hickman Hall
Phone: (709) 864-6924

Areas of specialization:

  • Philosophy of education
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Pragmatism, John Dewey
  • Continental and Analytic Philosophy in Conversation
  • Kant


Bio: James Scott Johnston is Jointly Appointed Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Dept. of Philosophy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has published recently in journals such as the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Educational Theory, Educational Studies, Studies in Philosophy and Education, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. He has single-authored three published books: Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy (2006); Regaining Consciousness: Self-Consciousness and Self-Cultivation from 1781-Present (2008); Deweyan Inquiry: from Educational Theory to Practice (2009); and co-authored Democracy and the Intersection of Religion and Tradition: the Reading of John Dewey’s Understanding of Democracy and Education (with R. Bruno-Jofre, G. Jover Olmeda, and D. Troehler) (2010). His most recent book is entitled Dewey’s Earlier Logical Theory, which is scheduled for release spring, 2014. He is currently editing a book with R. Bruno-Jofre, Teacher Education in a Transnational World, to be published in 2015.



Ph.D (Essex)

Office: AA 3098
Phone: (709) 864-8340

Areas of specialization:

  • Politcal Philosophy
  • Kant
  • Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion



BioJoël Madore is assistant professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is especially active in German Idealism, Political Philosophy and French Contemporary philosophy, with publications on such philosophers as Immanuel Kant, Alain Badiou, Pascal, and Emmanuel Levinas. His most recent book, Difficult Freedom and Radical Evil in Kant: Deceiving Reason (Bloomsbury, 2011), challenges contemporary interpretations of the philosopher’s notion of evil. He has also edited a number with Claude Piché on the Pantheism Controversy (Science et Esprit, 2012) and an upcoming book on evil with André Duhamel (Presses de l’Université Laval, forthcoming). Other articles and conferences address the topics of suffering, rational faith, doping in sports, Shakespeare on equivocation, as well as Rancière and political commitment. Among other responsibilities, he is co-researcher with the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities. Before coming to MUN, Joël was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Ottawa in Political Theory and professor of philosophy at the Dominican University College.


MCGRATH, Sean (Graduate Coordinator)

Ph.D (Toronto)
Office: AA 3066
Phone: (709) 864-3754


Areas of specialization:

  • Metaphysics
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • German Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
Bio: Sean J. McGrath researches and teaches in the areas of metaphysics, classical German philosophy (Kant to Heidegger), phenomenology and hermeneutics, and psychoanalysis. After graduate work at the University of Toronto in both theology and philosophy, he graduated in 2002 with a dissertation in philosophy supervised by Graeme Nicholson, later published as The Early Heidegger and Medieval Philosophy: Phenomenology for the Godforsaken (Catholic University of America Press, 2006, reprinted 2013). In 2008 he published a second book, Heidegger: A (Very) Critical Introduction (Eerdmans), which was commissioned by the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. That same year he was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for two years of research in Germany on the topic of the historical and systematic connections between psychoanalysis and German Idealism. The fruit of that research was published in 2012 as The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious (Routledge). He is the co-editor of A Companion to Heidegger’s Phenomenology of Religious Life (Rodopi, 2010) and the editor of Analecta Hermeneutica, an annual journal on philosophical hermeneutics and related fields. He serves as the co-chair of the North American Schelling Society (which he founded with Jason Wirth in 2011) and a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.

O’NEILL, Seamus (Undergraduate Advisor)

Ph.D (Dalhousie)
Office: AA 3100
Phone : (709) 864-8332

Areas of Specialization:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Neoplatonism
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
Bio: Seamus O’Neill is assistant professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. He completed his doctoral dissertation in 2009 in the Department of Classics at Dalhousie University on St. Augustine’s Platonism. Dr. O’Neill’s main philosophical interests are Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Religion. His research deals with Augustine and other medieval thinkers such as Boethius and Bonaventure and their relation to Plato and the Neoplatonic tradition, specifically concerning mediation and human and divine agency. He has published articles and book chapters on the history of Platonic thought, St. Augustine, demonology, the problem of evil, and the relation of ancient and scholastic thought to contemporary philosophical trends. His recent SSHRC grant is entitled, "Reconstructing the Demonology of St. Augustine" (2014-2016). Currently he is writing on Dante and his philosophical influences and is working on a book manuscript on Platonic and Christian demonology and their philosophical import. Dr. O’Neill has taught courses on Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Dante, Neoplatonic thought, and the histories of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, as well as on Greek Myth and Drama and the Latin language. Click the 'Link to website' above for more details.


RAJIVA, Sumangali (Suma)

Ph.D (Toronto)

Office: AA 3107
Phone: (709) 864-8307

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kant 
  • Early Modern philosophy
  • Descartes to Hume
Bio: Suma Rajiva specializes in Kant and early modern philosophy (Descartes to Hume) with interests in ancient philosophy, nineteenth century philosophy, especially German Idealism and Marxism, and philosophical themes in literature. She has published articles on Kant’s epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics in Kant-Studien, The Kant Yearbook, AE: Canadian Aesthetics Journal, Proceedings of the International Kant Congress and other venues. She is currently working on a book manuscript linking Kant’s epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of life, Kant’s Concept of Reflecting Judgment: Rationality, Subjectivity, and Analogical Synthesis. Other research interests include Descartes, Hume, Leibniz, Locke, Plato, and Spinoza. She has recently become interested in moral and ethical themes in literature, in Homer, Greek and Roman tragedy, mediaeval German epic, and German literature generally, especially the 18th and 19th centuries. She has taught courses on Descartes, Hume, Kant, Plato, and history of ancient philosophy, as well as seminars (undergraduate and graduate) on Leibniz, Spinoza, and Kant and has supervised theses on Descartes, Hume, and Kant.


STAFFORD, Antoinette (Toni)

Ph.D (Edinburgh)
Office: AA 3103
Phone: (709)-864-8341

Areas of specialization:

  • Existentialism,
  • Kierkegaard
  • Kant/Hegel
  • 19th century German Idealism

SULLIVAN, Arthur (Department Head)

Ph.D (Queen’s)
Head's Office: Main Philosophy Office, AA 3069
Office: AA 3105
Phone: (709) 864-2668 & (709) 864-8333

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Language and Mind
  • Logic
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
Bio: Arthur Sullivan is an Associate Professor and Department Head at Memorial University's Department of Philosophy. He works on the Philosophy of Language, as well as in related areas of Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, and Metaphysics. He has recently published papers in Synthese, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophers' Imprint, among other places. His book Reference and Structure came out with Routledge in 2013. His two most recent major research grants (SSHRCC SRGs) are "The Future of the Proposition" (2010-13) and "The Externalism/Individualism Debates" (2006-09).


TRNKA, Peter

Ph.D (Toronto)
Office: AA 3067
Phone: (709) 864-8338


Areas of Specialization

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Spinoza, Hume, Marx, Deleuze, Foucault, and Negri
Bio: Dr. Peter Trnka, B.A., M.A., Ph.D (1993) University of Toronto, is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Diploma in Applied Ethics. Specializing in political philosophy, particularly the thought of Spinoza, Hume, Marx, and Deleuze, he has published articles on Hume on nature (JBSP 1997), experimental empiricism (Angelaki 2001), complexity and systems in Epicurus and Serres (Public 2002), and Canguilhem and subjectivity (JMP 2003); he has also published on the philosophy of big science and law in the biosphere, as well as translations, art criticism, poetry, and food writing. He is currently working on a book on the theatricum philosophicum and a philosophy of the senses.




FLYNN, Jennifer

Ph.D (University of Virginia)

Assistant Professor of Ethics, Faculty of Medicine

Phone: (709) 777-2043


Division of Community Health and Humanities
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, Room 2855, 300 Prince Philip Drive, St. John's NL A1B 3V6


KAPOSY, Christopher

Ph.D. (SUNY, Stony Brook)

Faculty of Medicine, cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy

Division of Community Health and Humanities

Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Bio: He received his PhD in philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook where he studied with Eva Feder Kittay and wrote a dissertation on infanticide. He has research interests in bioethics and ethics, and has published numerous articles on the ethics of abortion, resource allocation issues during a pandemic, vaccine and public health ethics, and on ethical issues related to cognitive disability. Dr. Kaposy is currently the program coordinator for the new Master of Health Ethics program at MUN

His faculty website can be found at:

He is on twitter @ChrisKapos

OKSHEVSKY, Walter, Ph.D., Toronto, O.I.S.E. (Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to Philosophy)

Office: E-3060
Tel: (709) 737-7613
Fax: (709) 737-2345

Bio: Walter Okshevsky has been at Memorial since 1991 and is cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy from the Faculty of Education. His philosophical interests are mainly in moral philosophy and educational philosophy. His publications include papers on Kant's conception of moral education, Habermas's Discourse
Theory of Morality, Wittgenstein on certainty, Heidegger on practical understanding and Rorty on moral epistemology. His research and teaching areas in Education include moral and political education; Critical Theory and Hermeneutics in education; ethical issues and problems in educational practice and policy; philosophical issues in educational leadership; and Liberal Education
and its critics.


PULLMAN, Daryl, Ph.D. Waterloo, (Faculty of Medicine, cross-appointed
to Philosophy)

Office: HSC 2932

t: (709) 777-6220; f: (709) 777-7382




CRITCH, Raymond, PhD (Edinburgh)

Office: AA 3099

Office tel.: (709) 864-3558


Areas of Specialization: Ethics (including metaethics and applied ethics), Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Bio: An alumnus of MUN, Ray received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He works in all branches of normative philosophy (especially metaethics and political philosophy) and likes to dabble in epistemology. In the past he has written papers on personal identity, love, solidarity, and Nazi legal theory. His current work is focussed on where values come from, the relationship of justice and political legitimacy, and the nature of democracy.




CRAMM, Craig
Office: AA 3101

Office tel.: (709) 864-8336



ENDERS, Markus

Ph.D, Philosophy (Munich)
Ph.D, Theology (Munich)
Professor Dr. Markus Enders, Chair, *Christliche Religionsphilosophie

*(Christian Philosophy of Religion), University of Freiburg, Germany
Telephone: 1-49-761-203-2093

Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Religion, Ancient and Medieval

Philosophy, German Mysticism


PhD (Toronto)

Office: AA 3101

Office tel.: (709) 864-8336



GARDNER, Stephen
PhD (Ottawa)
Office tel.: (709) 864-8336

Office: A 3101

Dr. Stephen Gardner teaches a variety of philosophy courses, with senior courses usually focusing on logic, the philosophy of mathematics and the 20th Century Anglo-American tradition. His research interests include philosophical and modal logic, metaphysics, and more recently philosophy of biology and bioethics. Dr. Gardner has a B.Sc. with major in pure mathematics (Memorial 2000), the equivalent of an Honours B.A. in philosophy (memorial 2001), a Master of Arts degree in philosophy (Memorial 2003) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (Ottawa 2010). His Masters dissertation was on the philosophy of mathematics, and his Ph.D. dissertation was on philosophical logic and philosophy of language.


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LATUS, Andrew. Ph.D., Toronto


Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St John's NL
A1B 3V6

Areas of specialization: Epistemology, Ethics.


Office: AA 3101

Office tel.: (709) 864-8336




O'BRIEN, Aaron

Office: A3101

Office tel: (709) 864-8336



M.Div. King's, (W.Ont.), D.Min. (Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana)

Director of Pastoral Care and Ethics, Eastern Health

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M.A. St. John's U.
On faculty 1967-2002
Areas of specialization: History of Modern Philosophy; Descartes, Leibniz, Hegel;
Logic (classical and modern); St. Augustine, Islam. (Published in each area).
HARRIS, Peter F. (retired)
S.T.D. (Greg Rome)
Office: AA 2062
Office Tel. (709)-864-8966 / Home Tel. (709)-335-2505
Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics, Literature, Heidegger and Metaphysics
JACKSON, Francis 'Lin' Drs. (Utrecht)
On faculty 1965-93; Dept Head 1971-81;.
Areas of specialization: German Idealism,
Hegel; Nietzsche, Existentialism; North American Philosophy; Contemporary
Ethical Issues. (published in each area.)
LAI, Tyrone
Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Science and Technology, Epistemology, Newton, Bacon
Ph.D (Toronto)
Areas of specialization: Ethics, Spinoza
SCOTT, John A. (retired; currenty Honorary Research Professor in the Department)

Ph.D (Edinburgh)
Office: AA 2062Office Tel. (709)-864-8336 / Home Tel. (709)-895-3256


Areas of specialization: Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle, Memory

   SIMPSON, Evan (retired: currently, Honorary Research Professor in the Department)
Ph.D (Duke)
Office: AA 2062 Office Tel. 864-8966

Areas of specialization: Moral Philosophy, Political and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind including Philosophy of the Emotions 

   THOMPSON, David L. 
Ph.D (Louvain)
Office: AA 2062 Office tel. : 864-8336

Areas of specialization: Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Post-Modernism, Philosophy of Human Sciences, Mass-Media

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