The study of philosophy improves how we think and changes how we live.

At its core a search for understanding, philosophy helps students recognize their deep-rooted beliefs and ideas and challenges them to examine these ideas in detail.

We often make certain assumptions about the world around us without even realizing it. Philosophy helps us uncover and analyze these assumptions.

This process helps us better understand our world. It promotes progress by helping us see which of our assumptions can be justified and which cannot. It multiplies our freedoms, promotes equality, rids us of superstitions, and better equips us to live good and useful lives. It helps us develop into thoughtful, engaged, global citizens.

Call for Student Proposals (Deadline Friday, March 22, 2024)

The Nelson-Littlejohns Award is intended for a student or students enrolled in second or third year of studies within the Departments of Philosophy or Religious Studies at Mount Allison University. The award will be used to support experiential learning and used to pay for activities such as travel costs to deliver a conference paper or take part in a workshop or other initiatives.

To apply, please submit a one-page proposal describing your project idea, including your name and year-of-standing (and the same for any co-applicants), and a short projected budget. Applications may be submitted to Angela Thibodeau, room 112, Hart Hall. 

Phoenix Colloquium Series 2023-24

Fall 2023

Oct 20
Dani Inkpen
Mount Allison University

Nov 17
Doug Al-Maini
St. Francis Xavier University

Dec 1
Elis Jones
University of Exeter

Winter 2024

Jan 29
4:30pm, location TBA
Catherine Stinson
Queen's University

*note change of speaker

Feb 9
Mike Doan
Oakland University

Mar 8
Suzanne Beiweis
Mount Allison University

Mar 22
Lacey Decker-Hawthorne
Mount  Allison University

Hybrid meetings begin at 3:30pm Atlantic time. Contact Dr. Drew Inkpen ( for the Teams or Zoom link, room info or to join the email list. 

Dr. Moser publishes philosophical dialogue

Congrats to Dr. Robbie Moser on his recently-published and innovative philosophical dialogue!

On a Road from Eleusis to Larissa is a dialogue by Mount Allison University Philosophy professor Robbie Moser. Modelled on the Meno dialogue and following in the tradition of imaginative re-writings by Iris Murdoch and others, this text sets contemporary and ancient philosophers in conversation with one another. The voices here recall and respond to Jan Zwicky, Ludwig  Wittgenstein, Plato, and others.

Read more on the Hardscrabble Press website.

Want a little taste of an upper-year philosophy course?

Watch Dr. Jane Dryden discuss one of her specialties, the philosophy of disability! For more on this general topic, students can take PHIL 3741: Philosophy of Disability. The video was created in August 2020 to engage students who self-isolated as a precautionary measure during the Covid-19 pandemic.



Mount Allison’s 2024 Paul Paré Excellence Award winners announced 
Five Mount Allison professors across disciplines recognized for excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities  
Class of 2024 honoured at Last Lecture
The tenth annual Last Lecture, recognizing graduating students for their contributions to the Mount Allison and Tantramar communities, was held on March 26.
Celebrating 10 years of PPE
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics making great impact on students in first decade at Mount Allison

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