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Fall2012-Winter/Spring 2013

 

IN MEMORIAM:  In honour of our colleague and friend, Jim Bradley, the Dept. is holding a series of lectures in 2012-2013, The Bradley Memorial Lectures in Speculative Philosophy. The inaugural lecture was given by Jim's longtime friend, colleague, and collaborator, Dr. Peter Harris, Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, 5-7pm in the Junior Common Room,Gushue Hall with reception after. Each lecturer will also lead the Jockey club discussion, usually the day after the lecture. Dr. Harris  led a lively Jockey Club discussion Friday, Nov.9 on an essay by Collingwood, a philosopher of special interest to Jim Bradley. For complete list of lectures please click here. 

APRIL lecture: Professor Uwe Voigt (University of Augsburg) gave the concluding Bradley Memorial Lecture, "Truth as Correspondence: An Identity Theory" on Thursday, April 18th, 7-8:30pm, Room: A-1046

     

 

 JAMES BRADLEY HONOURED IN OTTAWA: Jim Bradley was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Dominican University College in Ottawa, granted posthumously on the 21st of October 2012. His wife, Jennifer Dyer, received the degree on his behalf. Jim was a key figure in building and maintaining the ties between philosophers at Memorial and at DUC.

 THE GEORGE STOREY LECTURE IN HUMANITIES: This week on March 20-22 the Dept. hosts a special guest, Professor Stuart Elden of Durham University, who will give the Faculty of Arts George Storey Lecture in Humanities: "'Knowledge, Truth, Power: The Politics of Foucault's *Leçons sur la volonté de savoir*'", Thursday, March 21st, 7-8:30pm, A-1046. Professor Elden will also give a special lecture at Jockey Club on Friday, March 22nd, at the Peter Easton Pub, at 5pm. For more on Professor Elden, click here.

 PHILOSOPHY WINTER COLLOQUIUM, "What is Metaphysics"? The Philosophy Winter Colloquium this semester is running in conjunction with the Bradley Lectures. The first Colloquium speaker was Dr. Jennifer Flynn, " Metaphysics and Ethics--Are there Moral Principles"? Tuesday, January 22, 2013: 2-3:20, Chemistry 4036, followed by the Bradley Lecture on Thursday. For a full list of Colloquium speakers, please click here

 STUDENT HONOURS: The winners of the James Good Scholarship in Philosophy are Meagan Cole for 2012-2013 and Melissa Skanes for 2011-2012. The awards were presented at a ceremony at Government House, courtesy of the Honourable John and Jane Crosbie along with Mary Symons, the late James Good's partner. Faculty, staff,  and students from the Department and friends of James Good were present. congratulations Megan and Melissa! (pictures coming)

 FACULTY HONOURS: Sean McGrath has won the President's Award for Outstanding Research for 2012. Earlier this year Sean also won the Dean of Arts Award for Outstanding Research while his third book, on the philosophy of Schelling, appeared in print. Congratulations, Sean!  For more, click here.

FACULTY RESEARCH:  The Department held a book launch Friday, October 26th,  5-7pm at the Peter Easton Pub. The launch featured  recently published books by Dept. faculty: Peter Gratton, The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of ModernitySean McGrath,  The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious, Arthur Sullivan, Reference and Structure in the Philosophy of Language: A Defense of the Russellian Orthodoxy. Each author gave a short presentation followed by question and response discussion. This was followed by more informal discussion, socializing, and, of course, the signature event these days of a philosophy event--the consumption of pizza.

     

 STUDENT RESEARCH: The 2012 issue of CodgitoMemorial's philosophy student journal,  is now on-line; the student society is currently seeking submissions for the 2013 issue; deadline is April 26th 2013. Please contact the Department for more information--or drop by the Kiefte Room to speak to a member of the student society

A very active year in the Department, missing Jim but trying to keep alive his memory and his tradition of philosophical engagement:

 

 

  • CONCLUDING BRADLEY LECTURE: Professor Uwe Voigt (University of Augsburg) gave the concluding Bradley Memorial Lecture, "Truth as Correspondence: An Identity Theory" on Thursday, April 18th, 7-8:30pm, Room: A-1046  Professor Voigt  also led the Jockey Club discussion on Friday, April 19th 5pm on Tim Crane's "Philosophy, Logic, Science, History". 
  • Concluded for the Semester: Undergraduate Student Colloquium, winter 2013 "What is Philosophy"?  Fridays, 1-2pm, The Kiefte Room, Philosophy Department
  • Concluded for the Semester: Winter Colloquium Schedule "What is Metaphysics"?
  • On March 20-22 the Dept. hosted a special guest, Professor Stuart Elden of Durham University, who gave the Faculty of Arts George Storey Lecture in Humanities: "'Knowledge, Truth, Power: The Politics of Foucault's *Leçons
    sur la volonté de savoir*'", Thursday, March 21st, 7-8:30pm, A-1046. For the poster, click here.   For an audio recording of the lecture and other items about the visit please click here (this is Professor Elden's own posting). Professor Elden also gave a special lecture to a standing room only audience at Jockey Club on "Why Should People Interested in Territory Read Shakespeare?" Friday, March 22nd, at the Peter Easton Pub, at 5pm leading to a lively Jockey discussion and post-discussion pizza and socializing. For  For the public lecture poster, click here.For more on Professor Elden, click here.
  • Ricardo Gutierrez Aguilar (Technische Universitat Berlin) gave a bonus Bradley Memorial Lecture, "Possible Composition of Kant's philosophical history / Impossible composition of Kant's philosophical history" on Thursday, March 14th, 7-8:30pm, Room: A-1046
  • Philosophy and Complexity: David Thompson, Department of Philosophy, gave a talk on "The Complex Systems as a Nove Mode of Explanation" Thursday, March 7th, 12-1pm SN 2098 (in the series organized by the MUN Complex Systems Discussion Group) For poster, click here
  • The Philosophy Society held a mixer  Friday, March 1st, 5-8pm, back in the traditional and beloved venue, the Kiefte Room.
  • The Public Lectures in Philosophy continued this month  with "What is Criminal Responsibility Anyway" by Peter Ralph, Criminal and Mental Health Lawyer and Arthur Sullivan, Dept. of Philosophy. Tuesday, February 26, 2013m 8:30-10pm at the Ship Pub. For poster click here
  • Dr. Phil Rose gave the sixth Bradley Memorial Lecture, "Another Guess at the Riddle: More Ado About Nothing" on Thursday, February 14th, 7-8:30pm, Room: A-1046  Dr. Rose also led a lively Jockey Club discussion oon Peirce on Friday afternoon, capped off with pizza. Dr. Rose was a founding member of Jockey, which started off with four people who wanted to discuss a particular article over Friday afternoon refreshment....
  • The Public Lectures in Philosophy started up again this term with a talk by Dr. Peter Trnka, Department of Philosophy on "The Philosophy of Everyday Sounds." Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:30-10pm at the Ship Pub. Abstract: The talk will attempt to produce a live, collective philosophicalanalysis of everyday sounds/noises with many real samples to serve asillustrations of the broad range of philosophical issues contained in the  experiences of elevator/mall music, eating sounds (including chewing and specifically chewing gum), clicking, humming, tapping, banging, and so on, in short, a feast for the senses and the mind.
  • The fifth Bradley Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Daniel Smith of Purdue University on"Time, Truth, and Thought." Thursday, January 24m 2013, 5-6:30pm, A-1046. For poster, click here. On Friday Dr. Smith led the Jockey discussion on Ian Hacking. Turnout for Jockey has been high all year but this was even more so, standing room only. We came, we saw, we discussed--and ate pizza, all at the Peter Easton Pub.
  • The Winter Colloquium Series started up with Dr. Jennifer Flynn's paper "Metaphysics and Ethics--Are there Moral Principles"? Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 2-3:30pm, C-4036. For a complete list of papers, please click here.
  • the Philosophy Society held a mixer  Friday, January 18th, in the Loft (UC 3013) from 5-8pm. stay tuned for pictures from this new venue.
  • The fourth Bradley Memorial Lecturewas given on January 10, 2013 by Dr. Brian Henning of Gonzaga University on "Metaphysics: To Live Out of Doors" Thursday, Jan.10, 5-6:30pm. For poster click here However, due to inclement weather, Dr. Henning gave his lecture at the Peter Easton Pub, where philosophy diehards gathered. Dr. Henning also led the opening Jockey of the term on Saturday, January 12, again at the pub as Friday proved impossible, weather-wise. Reports confirm that the lecture and the Jockey discussion were well worth braving the snow.
  • The third Bradley Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Jeffrey Reid of the University of Ottawa on "The Hobbesian Ethics of Hegel's Sense-Certainty." Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 12-2pm, A-1046 For poster click here Professor Reid also led the concluding Jockey Club discussion of the season, an energetic discussion of The Communist Manifesto, Fri., Dec. 7th, at the Peter Easton Pub. The conversation continued informally afterwards, accompanied by the now de rigueur pizza
  • The Public Lectures in Philosophy started up Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 8:30-10pm, The Ship Pub. The lecture featured two members of the Education Faculty and one member cross-appointed between Philosophy and Education speaking: Ethics, Politics, and Education: Multiple Perspectives from East and WestFor the poster, click here
  • The second Bradley Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Guenter Zoeller of the University of Munich on "Church and State: Schelling's Political Philosophy of Religion." Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7-8:30pm.  A-1046. For poster click here.Professor Zoeller was also involved in other activities in the Department, including leading a lively Jockey Club discussion on the French philosopher, Benjamin Constant, Friday, Nov. 16, 5-6:45, at the Peter Easton Pub.
  • MEET, GREAT, AND EAT: The Philosophy Department  held its fall Meet and Greet on Wednesday, November 7th, 1:00-1:50,  A-3020 There were introductions, course descriptions, and, of course, pizza and drinks.
  • The Philosophy Society held a mixer Friday, Nov. 2, UC 2001, 5-8pm. Pictures coming (soon),
  • Bradley Lectures Start: The lectures in speculative metaphysics in memory of JIm Bradley started Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7pm, the Junior Common Room, Gushue Hall.
  • Book launch: the Department held a book launch Friday, October 26, 5-7pm at the Peter Easton Pub, featuring recent books by department faculty
  • Jockey Club ran all year, as usual, under the auspices of returning Pope Gil Shalev

 

 

  Winter/ Spring 2012

 

SPOTLIGHT ON:

STUDENTS: Kyla Bruff, who graduated 2011 with her B.A. Honours in Philosophy recently won the prestigious and lucrative Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, allowing her to do graduate study in Europe for two years. Students from the Philosophy Department have won this scholarship for three years in a row, since 2010, starting with Kyla's cousin, Joseph Carew, who was the first Memorial student to win it, as well as Steven Woodworth in 2011. For more on the scholarship and our three winners see this article in today.mun.ca. For more on Joe as the inaugural winner, see another article in today.mun.ca.

FACULTY: Sean McGrath recently received the 2012 Dean of Arts Award for Distinguished Scholarship for "a body of published scholarly work of a standard sufficient to have brought greater national or international recognition to the Faculty of Arts." He has most recently published his fourth book, The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious, the first of two volumes on the unconscious.

Stay tuned for a book launch/reception next fall featuring The Dark Ground of Spirit and other books by departmental faculty: Peter Gratton, The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity and Arthur Sullivan, Reference and Structure in the Philosophy of Language: A Defense of the Russellian Orthodoxy.

 

  • Winter Colloquium Series 2012 on "Life" Tuesdays (& some Thursdays), 2-3:15pm, Chemistry 4036:

click here for complete list of speakers and talks

  • The Philosophy Society Undergraduate Student Colloquium on "Identity"
  • The Public Lectures in Philosophy 14th Series presented: Peter Duchemin "Magic and The Body: Sorcery and Tricksterism as Hybrid Knowledge" 8:30pm, March 27th at the Ship Pub
  • Photos from the last three mixers!
  • Jockey Club ran actively this term, as usual, under the auspices of Pope Melanie Hurley
  • An active week in philosophy, February 27-March 2: Two papers, a public lecture, and a student colloquium presentation--plus the usual Jockey discussion:
  • Philosophy and Linguistics : Philosophy's Arthur Sullivan will present "Quantifier Domain Restriction and the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface" in the Linguistics Seminar Series, Monday, Feb. 27th, 3:15pm, SN 3060
  • The Philosophy Department's Winter Colloquium Series 2012 on "Life" Tuesdays (& some Thursdays), 2-3:15pm, Chemistry 4036: Feb. 28, Seamus O'Neill, "Eritis sicut Dii: Theosis, Pride and the Dialectic of the Devil in Platonic & Christian Thought"
  • Also on Feb. 28: The Pubic Lecture in Philosophy 14th Series Presents: Some Ethical Challenges in Navigating the Road toward "Personalized Medicine", A  Lecture by medical ethicist, Dr. Darryl Pullman (Memorial). The Ship Pub. Tuesday, February 28, 8:30pm
  • The Philosophy Society Undergraduate student colloquium on "Identity" (Fridays, 1:150, A1049). Friday. February 24th, 2012, from 1-150 in A 1049: Jhon O'Keefe, "In Goya's Scenes we Seem to See"

Fall 2011

  • Photos from our Halloween Mixer!
  • The Department hosted the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy: Photos from the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Conference
  • Photos from the Philosophy Department Meet and Greet!
  • Photos from the Philosopher's Football Match
  • The Public Lectures in Philosophy 14th Series:
  • Tuesday October 25th 2011, The Ship Pub. 8:30pm: Dr. Mark Anderson on "Simulated Democracy: Journalism and The Academy in Post-Revolution Malawi". Dr. Anderson discussed the time he spent in Malawi as the head of the Department of English at the University of Malawi, where he taught journalism courses to some of the country's most promising intellectuals
  • Tuesday, November 29th. 2011, The Ship Pub. 8:30pm: Dr. Stephen Gardner on "Evolution, Determinism and God"

 Spring 2011

  • CONVOCATION: Congratulations to all our graduating students, undergraduate and graduate! As a front-page article on the university website points out, philosophy grads are cleaning up as far as honours and scholarships go:
  • for the article "Philosophy grads receive top honours" click here
  • Congratulations to the following students for their awards or honours: Joseph Carew, for the University Medal for Excellence in Grad Studies for a thesis-based master's program, Bradley Dart, for the Philosophy Gold Medal for best graduating student, Sarah Khraishi for a SSHRC M.A. scholarship, and Steven Woodworth for an Erasmus Mundus scholarhip for M.A. study in Europe
  • If you have convocation or other news (or pictures) please contact the web maintainers so they can put these up

Winter 2011

  • the Philosophy Winter Colloquium: "The Body" has concluded for the term  click for list of talks
  • Student Colloquium, Winter 2011(Fridays 1-2pm, AA1049): "Mind" has concluded for the term: Please click for the poster and a list of the talks
  • Downtown Public Lectures in Philosophy (13th. Series)
    Dr. Peter Trnka (Dept. of Philosophy) spoke on
    "Suicide: Lowest Low or Highest High?"
    8.30-10.00
    TUESDAY, JANUARY 25,
    THE SHIP PUB click for poster
  • The Philosophy Society Society held a joint mixer with Classics and Religious Studies, Friday Jan. 28th, 2011. Pictures will be coming sometime soon (with all the other ones)
  • Downtown Public Lectures in Philosophy (13th. Series) Alex Liepins (Dept. of Philosophy) spoke on: "Atrophy and the Excess of Body-Building" by 8.30-10.00
    TUESDAY, February 22
    THE SHIP PUB click for poster
  • PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
    SPECIAL GUEST LECTURE

    JAMES ROBERT BROWN, FRSC
    UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
    gave a lecture on 'NUMBERS AND NATURE'

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2.00-3.30, CHEMISTRY C-4036
    This talk was about a current debate in the philosophy of mathematics, concerning how math hooks onto nature and whether math can provide any sort of explanation for things in the natural realm.
  • PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
    SPECIAL GUEST LECTURE
    JAMES SCOTT JOHNSTON (QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY) gave a lecture on 'THE EXISTENCE OF THE WORLD AS A LOGICAL PROBLEM:
    RUSSEL, DEWEY, AND THE BOUNDS OF INQUIRY'

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2,00-3.30, CHEMISTRY C-4036ABSTRACT:In this paper, I examine Russell's early contentions (1909-1917) that Dewey's earlier logical theory leaves no room for a robust account of Reality. Russell argues that Dewey's early logical theory is idealist and subjectivist because it refuses to accord external objects with metaphysical status. Dewey's response to Russell is variegated; but at its heart is a theory regarding the construction of knowledge through inquiry rather than epistemology. What Russell's specific criticisms of Dewey's earlier theory of logic are; what Dewey's rebuttals consisted in; and perhaps most important, what lessons for later philosophers remained in the wake of this early encounter between the holders of disparate world-views, constitute the topics to be discussed

  • Downtown Public Lectures in Philosophy (13th. Series)

    Peter Duchemin spoke on: "Elements of Magic (k): Esotericism, Illusionism, and Philosophy" 8.30-10.00
    TUESDAY, March 29th, The Grape Vine: Please note the temporary change of venue from the other lectures
  • PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
    GUEST LECTURE and JOB CANDIDATE TALK

Dr. Peter Gratton, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor--Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, spoke on:"Realism and the Politics of Time... Or, Why I'm not (Yet) a Materialist"Thursday, May 5th, 2-3:20pm, A 2071

  • PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
    GUEST LECTURE and JOB CANDIDATE TALK

Dr. Joel Madore, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor--Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, spoke on:"Imperatives of Resistance: Kant, Levinas and the Totalitarian Experience"Thursday, March 31, 2-3:20pmChemistry 4036Abstract: By defining evil as simply deceiving oneself into reversing the moral incentives, it seems that Kant's argument is inadequate to the understanding of the death camps. Worse, in precluding the right to resistance, he actually appears to promote a potential endorsement of a lawfully elected Nazi regime. Is the totalitarian experience, as John Silber suggested, outside the reach of Kantian ethics? This paper will argue that on the contrary, by subordinating politics to morality, and by refusing to identify evil – even in its most monstrous forms – as diabolical, Kant has influenced a generation of responses to the horrors of the past century, Levinas and Arendt in particular. In this respect, he sets moral and ontological imperatives of resistance that remain essential to the essential question imposed by Auschwitz: that it should never happen again.

  • CONVOCATION: Congratulations to all our graduating students, undergraduate and graduate! As a front-page article on the university website points out, philosophy grads are cleaning up as far as honours and scholarships go: for the article "Philosophy grads receive top honours" click here
  • Congratulations to the following students for their awards or honours: Joseph Carew, for the University Medal for Excellence in Grad Studies for a thesis-based master's program, Bradley Dart, for the Philosophy Gold Medal for best graduating student, Sarah Khraishi for a SSHRC M.A. scholarship, and Steven Woodworth for an Erasmus Mundus scholarhip for M.A. study in Europe

 Fall 2010The Philosophy Society held a journal launch and mixer for the latest edition of Codgito, Friday, Sept. 24th. 2010, in the Kiefte Room. Stay tuned for pictures, coming soon, and the on-line version of the new issue.Philosophy Meet and Greet: students, staff, and faculty met, ate, and greeted in the Dept., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, 1-1:50, AA 3017 Downtown Public Lectures in Philosophy (13th. Series)
'GETTING MEDIEVAL IN THE POSTHUMAN AGE' Dr. Jeremy Citrome (Dept. of English)
8.30-10.00 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,
THE SHIP PUB

  • Downtown Public Lectures in Philosophy (13th. Series)
    "The Second-Wave of
    Eco-Anxiety: Nature is Coming Back and It is Nasty"
    Dr. Sean McGrath (Dept. of Philosophy)
    8.30-10.00
    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30,
    THE SHIP PUB click for poster

Discussion Colloquium: Professor Steven Davis (Carleton University & Simon Fraser University) led a discussion seminar on his paper on 'Social/Political/Psychological Identity'. please contact the Department for a copy of the paper
Philosophy Seminar Room, AA3081.
2.30-3.30 p.m.
Winter 2010

  • The Jockey Club continued this term under the active and able organizing of Gil Shalev. Fish and chips, pizza, and, of course, lots of philosophical discussion--thanks, Gil!
  • Coffee & Conversation Fridays

A new tradition was started, Friday mornings, winter 2010, in the Philosophy Department, 9:30 – 10:30am. A chance to catch up with friends, students, and faculty. All welcome. Many thanks to Seamus O'Neill and Catherine van Buren for organizing this.

  • The St. John's Public Lectures in Philosophy continued with Dr. Natalie Oman presenting on, "Is International Law Really Law?" Tues. March 30 at The Ship pub, 8:30-10pm.
  • An especially active Friday, March 26th: It started with coffee and conversation in the morning at the Dept., on to a student colloquium talk at 1pm, then a book lecture/launch at 4pm and a philosophy mixer at 5pm. Then mulling it all over on the weekend....

Philosophically Active Friday:LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH
Science and Human Value:
Daniel Dennett's Defence of Humanity
by David L. Thompson (Philosophy Dept.)

Friday March 25, 2010, 4-5pm
Arts Bldg, Memorial University, Room A -3017
The lecture was followed by a Philosophy Department mixer, at which copies of Dr. Thompson’s book on Dennett were available for sale.

  • Third Annual Philosophy Undergraduate Colloquium on "Being"

    Every Friday of the winter semester 2010, 1-2, AA1049: March 26 Rebecca Lash "Derrida, Butler and Gilligan: A Problematization of Feminist Theory" March 19 Anna Westin "A Platonic Medical Intervention" March 5 Brad Dunne "Oh, Behave: Brainwashing and the Master-Slave Dialectic in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange" Feb 26 Sarah Henick "The Phronimos and the Meaning of Life" Feb 19 Jon O'Keefe "Mortal Kombat: Annihilationism" Feb 5 Bradley Dart "Cantor and the Mathematics of Infinity" Jan 29 Sarah Khraishi 'technology, art, and pornography

  • Philosophy Winter Colloquium, 2010: "Imagination" ROOM CHANGE* as of January 26: new location Science 2098 2.00-3.30pm

Click for a list of colloquium talks

  • STUDENT NEWS:

    Joseph Carew, currently completing his M.A. in the Dept., has won a prestigious Erasmus Munduns Europhilosophe Scholarship to do doctoral work in Europe. In addition to lots of money, the scholarship allows him to get three diplomas from three French-German speaking universities, starting with Louvain. (Joe has already won a number of fellowships, including the inaugural James Good Fellowship in philosophy in his undergraduate study at Memorial). Congratulations, Joe! For complete story click here
  • The M.O. Morgan Scholarships for Philosophy for 2009-10 have been awarded to Leah Costello and Sarah Khraishi. Congratulations to Leah and Sarah!
  • The James Good Fellowship best philosophy student for 2009-2010 went to undergraduate Sarah Khraishi, in her third year in the Dept. Congratulations, Sarah!
  • Stephen Gardner, a sessional lecturer in the Dept., has been awarded his doctorate at the University of Ottawa. Congratulations, Steve!
  • Philosophy Colloquium: Visiting Speakers' Series:

    Prof. Andrzej Wiercinski, University of Freiburg, presented a talk titled "The Hermeneutics of Education: 'Bildung' as Return to Oneself." Thurs. March 18, 2-3:20 pm, SN 2098
  • Professor Wiercinski also led a special Jockey club discussion, Friday March 19, on Gadamer's “Apologia for the Art of Healing.” Professor Wiercinski is the president of the
    International Institute for Hermeneutics whose journal, Analecta Hermeneutica, is hosted at Memorial
  • St. John's Public Lectures in Philosophy presented Michael Austin on "Hollywood's Undead & the Philosophy of Fear," Tues. Feb. 23 at The Ship pub, 8:30-10pm.
  • The Global Education Initiative presented its February lecture on Human Rights with Drs. Delores Mullings and Natalie Oman, Feb. 18, 7-9pm, EN-2006.
  • HOT Topics Prorogation: Is It Democratic?
    A public panel discussion featuring the Hon. Richard Cashin and the Hon. James McGrath.
    Thursday, Feb. 4 from 7-8:30pm in Chemistry-2045.
  • Philosophy Colloquium: Visiting Speakers' Series

Robert Piercey (University of Regina) spoke on
'Reading as a Philosophical Problem',
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 2-3:30
Chemistry 4002

Robert Piercey is an alumnus of the department and of MUN. He is the author of *The Uses of the Past from Heidegger to Rorty: Doing Philosophy Historically* (Cambridge, 2009), and *Crisis in Continental Philosophy:
History, Truth and the Hegelian Legacy* (Continuum, 2009)

  • Jockey Club Finale for 2009
    • Holiday time: the Department's Christmas Dinner

    • Dr. Steven Carr, "This View of Life" Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. What it is & What it is Not



    • The M.O. Morgan Scholarships for Philosophy for 2009-10 have been awarded to Leah Costello and Sarah Khraishi.
    • The James Good Fellowship best philosophy student for 2009-2010 went to undergraduate Sarah Khraishi, in her third year in the department.
    • The Barend Kiefte Memorial Award for excellence in moral and political philosophy for 2008-2009 was awarded to Kyla Bruff for her paper in PHIL 3890 (Marxism).
    • From last year: the Philosophy Medal at convocation was awarded in May to Kyle Rees, also the winner of the 2008-2009 James Good Scholarship (stay tuned for pictures from May convocation)
    • Dr. Christopher Lockett, "Harry Potter and the Banality of Magic: Thoughts on Fantasy, Politics and Nostalgia"

    • 8:30-10pm, Tuesday October 27th, 2009 at The Grapevine, Water Street (please note the change of venue from previous years)

    • Philosophy Colloquium Visiting Speakers’ Series:

      John Ashton, D. Litt. (Wolfson College, Oxford) spoke on:
      "Questioning Tradition In Gadamer's Hermeneutics" on October 20, 2 -3:30 p.m., SN2098 (Science Building). Dr. Ashton also gave the inaugural Annual Humanities Lecture: "Tradition in Art and Literature" on October 22.

    • Philosophy on Film: “The Examined Life”
      Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 7 - 9 p.m.
      For more information on this film please go to the St. John's international Women's Film Festival site


    • Click here for more pictures from John's retirement party
    • Welcome: Dr.Seamus O'Neill joins the Department this fall as its new specialist in ancient philosophy. Dr. O'Neill is well-known to the Memorial community, having taught in the Department previously. More...

    • The Diploma in Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, presented: Round Table on the Issue of Patient, Resident and Client Rights and Responsibilities, Tuesday, August 4, 1-3:45pm, Room 2J618, Health Sciences Centre
    • Codgito, Memorial’s student journal of philosophy, launched this year’s issue on Wed., April 8th, 2009, Kiefte Room, 5pm. Stay tuned for the on-line version of this year’s and last year’s issues, coming soon, and for revisions to the journal home page (Last year’s issue came out as a special double-issue in hard copy)
    • The Diploma in Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, presented: Forum on Ethics Issues Regarding a Smoke Free Environment Policy, Monday, April 6, 2-4pm Lecture Theatre A, Health Sciences Centre, Level 1:
    • The Philosophy Department at Memorial now hosts the new journal of the International Institute for Hermeneutics, Analecta Hermeneutica, edited by the Department’s Sean McGrath and Andrzej Wiercinski, University of Freiburg. For the full story and link to the journal, click here

click for more picturesFor the rest of the dinner pictures click hereThe St. John's Public Lectures in Philosophy, 12th series continued this term with:Tuesday November 24th, 2009, 8-9:30pm at The Grapevine, Water Street. Dr. Carr's lecture fell on the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of SpeciesWelcome lunch for the graduate students, fall 2009click for more pictures from the lunchBlast from the recent past: Pictures from spring Convocation 2009click for more pictures from convocation