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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Memorial University's Department of Philosophy offers a thriving intellectual community where students are invited to explore the nature and problems of existence and thought.



The Department of Philosophy will be hosting the Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association 2014 Annual Meeting on October 24 and 25, 2014.  Click here for a full schedule of events.


The Department of Philosophy welcomes Catherine Kellogg (Alberta) as part of its lecture series:

Thurs 16 Oct 4:00-5:30 pm: “Arendt and Dispossession,” Arts and Administration 2071.

Kellogg will also be our presenter at the weekly Jockey Club, Friday 4:30-6:30pm at the Peter Easton pub.

The Department of Philosophy presents the annual James Bradley Lecture in Philosophy: 

Thur 9 Oct 5-6:30pm, AA-1046: Françoise Dastur, "The Phenomenological Question of the Relation to the Other: Love, Seduction, and Care." 

The Department of Philosophy welcomes Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer Jeff Malpas for these series of events:

Mon 29 Sept 7-8:30 pm: “Poetry, Language, Place,” Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Public Lecture in room A-1046, with reception to follow.

Thurs 2 October 4-5:30 pm: “The Place of Thinking,” in room SN-4068, a colloquium to members of the department, retirees, grad students, and so on.

Fri 3 October 4:30 to 6:30pm: Jockey Club discussion group, downtown at Peter Easton Pub, with informal reception to follow.

The Department of Philosophy presents Professor Uwe Voigt and Dr. Stefanie Voigt.  Professor Uwe Voight will be giving a talk titled Comenius' Vision of History and the Challenge of Shaping our Future.  Dr. Stefanie Voigt will be giving a talk titled Sex and the Philosophers.

June/July 2014: Department of Philosophy solidifies its ties with Augsburg and Freiburg Universities with first annual (and ironically named) MESS (MUN European Summer School), with participation by faculty and graduate students at all universities. Click here for more information.

The 1st Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy will be held June 5 - 7.  For more information please see poster.  Please see full schedule here.

NOTICE:  There will an exam review session for PHIL2210-001 on Tuesday, August 12 from 12:00-2:00 pm in SN2067.
Fall 2014 Course Offerings are here.

The Department of Philosophy presents "Immanuel Kant and the Enlightenment" Colloquium, May 1, 2014. Keynote Speakers: Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois at Chicago and Claude Piché, Universite De Montreal. Schedule here (PDF).

The Department of Philosophy presents Maeve Cook (Dublin) speaking in The Bradley Memorial Lectures in Philosophy, "Rethinking Autonomy Feminism and Beyond," Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in A1046 from 4:00-5:30.

The Department of Philosophy Presents "Civil Disobedience, Transcendence in Political Philosophy" by Maeve Cooke (Dublin), April 22, 2014 in A1046 from 3:00-5:00pm

ST. JOHN'S PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES IN PHILOSOPHY PRESENTS: This month's St. John's Public Lecture in Philosophy will be in memory of Darren Hynes, a professor in the history and philosophy departments at Memorial University. Gil Shalev will be reading excerpts from "Descartes's Ontological Proof: Cause and Divine Perfection," a paper by Dr. Hynes that was published in "Analecta Hermeneutica" in 2010. Discussion to follow. The lecture will take place at the Ship Inn on Tuesday, March 25th, from 7:30-9:30 pm.


THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT WINTER COLLOQUIUM: The student presented colloquium will begin Friday, February 7th and occur weekly for the rest of the semester from 1:00-2:00pm on Fridays in the Kiefte Room (AA3068).

NEW FACULTY: The Department welcomes several new members of faculty. Most recently Joël Madore joined the Memorial faculty this fall. He specializes in contemporary French philosophy, political philosophy and ethics, and Kant. Scott Johnston, pragmatism and Kant and post-Kantian expert, joined us in January 2013 as a joint appointment between Philosophy and the Faculty of Education. The Department also has several cross-appointed faculty, including Walter Okshevsky (Education), Jennifer Flynn (Medicine), Chris Kaposy (Medicine) and Daryl Pullman (Medicine).

NEW PHD IN PHILOSOPHY: The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that it has a new doctoral program in philosophy. The Department welcomes four doctoral students into the program: Michael Austin, Vahid Jafarzadehdarzi, Michelle Mahoney, and Gil Shalev.

STUDENT HONOURS: The winner of the Gold Medal in Philosophy (given at convocation in May) was Melanie Hurley, who also won the Gold Medal in English. Melanie, one of our outstanding students generally, was also for several years the organizer/Pope of the Department's discussion group, the Jockey Club. Congratulations, Melanie!

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