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Facilities and Services

You will find a lot going on in our department in and outside of the classroom. Here is a sample of some resources and ongoing events hosted by the Department of Philosophy which you are all welcome and encouraged to use and attend:

The Barend Kiefte Reference Room

The department has its own reference room which houses our departmental library. It is for everyone's use, from undergraduates, to graduates, and faculty. It is also a place to study, read, or meet others in the department. This is the study and social centre of the department, where you will meet other philosophy students, in particular the members of our very active Student Philosophy Society. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the reference room, then you should try the university's excellent library and computer resources.

The Student Philosophy Society

The Student Philosophy Society also runs its own Student Colloquium in the Winter Term, at which students give papers on philosophical topics. The society also runs mixers and other events throughout the term. For more information, visit their page on our website and contact the society president: Also, check out Mun Philosophy on Facebook!

The PhilStudents Listserv

The PhilStudents Listserv is an e-mail list that sends out information that students in Philosophy might find helpful. Students on the list receive occasional e-mails about scholarship opportunities, job openings, travel-abroad and exchange programs, special lectures, and social activities and events hosted by the Department of Philosophy and other units and groups on campus. If you would like to join the PhilStudents listserv, please e-mail Dr. O’Neill (

The Winter Colloquium

The Winter Colloquium consists of lectures given each week on Tuesdays by a different philosopher on some selected common theme. Topics have included 'Evil', 'Being', 'Life', 'The Body' among others. These begin in January, so keep an eye on our website or join the Philstudents listserv for more information.

The Jockey Club

Throughout the whole year, both in and out of term time, we have the completely informal, come-and-go-as-you-like Jockey Club, which meets to discuss writings on all conceivable philosophical topics every Friday, 5:00-6:30, at the Peter Easton Pub downtown. Papers are available on the door of the General Office (A 3070) and by e-mail. To find out more and to get on the e-mail list, click the link to the left on this page! All are welcome!

St. John’s Public Lectures in Philosophy

Lectures are held downtown at the Ship Pub on the last Tuesday of every month in the Fall and Winter terms and cover a very wide range of topics.

The MA Room (A3106)

Office space and access to computers for the use of our MA graduate students.

The Ph.D Room (A3104)

Office space and access to computers for our Ph.D students.

Other Lectures and Events

Throughout the academic year, the department organizes individual lectures by philosophers, local and visiting. These, like all our public events, are open to everyone and are always followed by discussion. Please visit the main Philosophy Department webpage for updated announcements.