- The Public Lectures in Philosophy 11th series, concluded this semester with Dr. Arthur Sullivan, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, who spoke on “Can You Rely on Your Intuitions? The Challenge of Experimental Philosophy” Tuesday, March 31, 8:30-10pm, The Ship Pub
- HOTopics, a new series co-organized by Dr. Natalie Oman, Philosophy, and Dr. Robin Whitaker, Anthropology, continued this semester with: No Justice, No Peace? International Intervention in Question, 7 pm, Wednesday March 4, Chemistry 2033. Click for more details
- Guest Lecturer: Dr Geoffrey Bowe, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Ancient Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “What I did on my summer vacation: Medici, Ficino, Plato and Me, or, how the genre of protreptic writing informs Plato’s dialogues” Thursday, February 26th , 12 noon-1:20pm, SN 4063
- The Public Lectures in Philosophy 11th series, continued this semester with Dr. Michael Temelini, Department of Political Science, Memorial University, who spoke on “Civic Illiteracy and Its Dangers” Tuesday, February 24, 8:30-10pm, The Ship Pub
- Visiting Speaker: Dr. Frank Peddle, Dominican University College, Ottawa, gave a paper to the Philosophy colloquium, “Human Rights and Affordable Housing” Thursday, February 19th, 2-3:20pm, SN 2041
- Guest Lecturer: Dr. Seamus O’Neill, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Ancient Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “Transcendence, Creation, and the Demonic: Plotinus the Heretic and the Platonic Grounds for a Revival of Neoplatonism” Thursday, February 19th , 12 noon-1:20pm, SN 4063
- Guest Lecturer: Dr. Jean-Philippe Ranger, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Ancient Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “Reconciling Eudaimonia and the Common Good in the Polis: Aristotle and Epicurus in Dialogue” Thursday, February 12th , 12 noon-1:20pm, SN 4063
- The Public Lectures in Philosophy 11th series, began again this semester with Dr. Daniel Haile, Department of Economics, Memorial University, speaking on “Does The Genesis of Inequality Count More Than Inequality Per Se”? Tuesday, January 27, 8:30-10pm, The Ship Pub
- The Student Colloquium Series 2009 started Friday, Jan. 30th, 1-2pm, A-1049 with Kyle Rees speaking on “Memes and the Death of the Human Project”
- January 2009: Long-time faculty member Dr. John Scott finally obtains his freedom, i.e., retires.
click here for more pictures from John's retirement party
HOTopics, a new series co-organized by Dr. Natalie Oman, Philosophy, and Dr. Robin Whitaker, Anthropology, continued with: Not Every Vote Counts: Responding to Canada's Democratic Deficit, 7 pm, Wednesday November 5th in Arts & Administration,
Rm. 1049. Click for description of this HOTopic
The Department had its annual fall lunch with faculty and grad students Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008
17, 2-3:20, A-1045
The Philosophy Society held its Halloween mixer, Friday, Oct. 26 (this time there were paparazzi)
· The Philosophy Society held the first mixer of the academic year, Friday, Oct. 5 (sadly, someone forgot to bring a camera for pictures—stay tuned for the next mixer)
Philosophy Staff News
Philosophy’s own Jennifer Dawe was among those honoured for years of service at a special employee recognition luncheon, Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 2007. Click for full story (including a recording of Jennifer’s thoughts on being at Memorial)
The St. John’s Public Lectures in Philosophy, 9th series , resumed this semester at the Ship Pub with Adam Riggio, Department of Philosophy, Memorial, on: “I’m living in a material world and I am a material girl—but I’m still free”
Tuesday, January 30, 8:30-10pm
Dr. Christine Overall, Professor of Philosophy & University Research Chair, Queen's University and Current holder of Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, gave a Philosophy Colloquium paper on “Conjoined Twins, Embodied Personhood and Surgical Separation”, Thursday, January 18, 2007. More»
· David Scott (University of Victoria) gave a talk on Cartesian subjectivity in the Winter Colloquium Series; also led a Jockey Club discussion on issues in physicalism and spoke on Leibniz to one of the philosophy seminars. Professor Scott is a former graduate of the philosophy department at Memorial who has, amongst other things, translated Malebranche and written on the continental rationalists. He is currently working on a study of Leibniz and Malebranche.
· Gregory MacIsaac (Carleton University & the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) gave a talk in the Winter Colloquium Series on Plato, Plotinus, and Proclus; he also led a Jockey Club discussion on evil in Proclus and Dante
News about Philosophy Students. In April 2006 Heather Perry won the Barend Kiefte Departmental Award for excellence in political philosophy, for her paper in PHIL 3400. The prize was first awarded in 2004, to Aaron O’Brien and then in 2005 to Adam Riggio
Philosophy Colloquium Visiting Speakers’ Series: Dr. Eyal Chowers, Tel Aviv & Princeton, gave a talk on “Democratic Laguage: Inwardness and Public Speech in the Thought of Hannah Arendt and C.N. Bialik” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-3:30pm
The Philosophy Society organized a Halloween mixer, Friday, Oct. 27, 2006
Visiting Speakers: Professor Adèle Mercier, Queen’s University, gave a Philosophy Colloquium paper on “Genes, Memes & Morphemes: Philosophical Reflections on What a Word is”on Thursday, Nov.16; Professor Mercier also led a lively Jockey Club discussion the following day on some recent work by Steven Pinker
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Bryan Smyth, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Phenomenology, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “Vérité à faire? The Militancy of Phenomenology and the Question of Faith” Thursday, January 11, 2007, 12-1:30 pm,
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Sean McGrath, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Phenomenology, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “The Limits of Theory in Aquinas’ Negative Theology & the Early Heidegger” Monday, December 11 11:30-2pm
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Lisa Guenther, Candidate for the position of Assistant Professor—Phenomenology, Dept. of Philosophy, spoke on “"Le Flair Animal: Levinas on Friendship” Thursday, November 30, 12 noon-1:30 pm
The St. John’s Public Lectures in Philosophy, 9th series concluded the fall term with Dr. Christopher Lockett, Dept. of English, Memorial University on “History's Better Angels: American Exceptionalism at the End” Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, The Ship Pub, 8:30-10pm.
The Cognitive Science Lecture Series finished this fall with a joint presentation by Jay Foster and Arthur Sullivan: “If you can’t build one, then you don’t know how it works: Some Open Questions
About Language and Cognition" Thursday, Nov. 23rd, 2006, 12-1pm, A1049 Click here for schedule and details.
Cognitive Science Lecture Series (pilot series) begins at Memorial, sponsored by the Philosophy Department Click here for schedule of talks.
October 13: Philosophy’s David Thompson gave a lecture in the Cognitive Science Lecture Series on “What Puts the ‘Cognitive’ in Cognitive Science?”
click here for abstract
October 21: Five of our M.A. students received their degrees at Fall convocation on October 21. Congratulations to Mami, Sue, Mostafa, Jill, and Katie!
October 25-29: Professor Robert Pippin spent the week here as the Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer, Fall 2005, giving lectures, seminars, and colloquia. On October 28 he gave the Henrietta Harvey Lecture, “Hegel on Agency and Self-Knowledge” as the Keynote Address for the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Region Philosophical Association, held here at Memorial in 2005
News about Philosophy Students from Fall 2005
Adam Riggio won the Pro Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship for his paper "The Punishment of Freedom: Modern Society at the Crossroads as Seen by Michel Foucault." The paper was originally written for PHIL 3400, with Professor Evan Simpson and it won the Barend Kiefte Departmental Award for excellence in political philosophy in Winter 2005. This is Adam’s second Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Prize: he won it in 2003 for a poli sci paper he wrote on the ideology of Project for a New American Century. Congratulations on all these achievements, Adam!