Student Information

Graduate Students

I am available to supervise graduate theses and dissertations at the MA and PhD levels that concide with my areas of research and expertise in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. Prospective applicants to either of these programs are encouraged to contact me by e-mail or telephone to discuss their projects and possible arrangements for supervision, though acceptance to our graduate programs is competitive, and admittence is decided collectively by the Philosophy faculty.

Past Student MA Theses Supervised:

  • 2023: Dante's Paradiso as an Illustration of Mediation in Augustine's Confessions: the Role of the Particular in the Soul's Ascent
  • 2019: Time and Succession: Plotinus' Conception of Time as a Cosmological Principle in Ennead III.7
  • 2017: The Third Kind: an Analysis of the Receptacle in Plato's Timaeus
  • 2015: Idleness and Passion: Hamlet’s tragic character in the light of Stoicism and Medieval Christian Philosophy
  • 2014: Plato’s Philosopher-Lovers and the Ladder to the Forms: the roles of eros and beauty in Platonic epistemology
  • 2014: The Influence of Pyrrho of Elis and the Pyrrhonian Praxis of Aporetic Language
  • 2012: Ancient Quarrel or Sibling Rivalry? Reconciling Philosophy and Poetry in Plato
  • 2011: Recollection and Dialectial Learning: The Problem of the One and the Many in Plato’s Meno

Ongoing Departmental Events and Resources

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 Kiefte Room (A3068), which houses our departmental library, is for everyone’s use. 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.

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 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 Philosophy Colloquium consists of lectures given throught the Fall and Winter Semesters by current and retired faculty, invited guests, and graduate students, highlighting their current research in philosophy. 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. Click the link to the left on this page to get on the e-mail list! All are welcome!

St. John’s Public Lectures in Philosophy. Meetings 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), for the use of our MA graduate students.

The Ph.D Room (A3104), for the use of our Ph.D graduate 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.