Robbie Moser

Department Head; Associate Professor
Office
Hart Hall 102

Biography

Robbie Moser studies philosophers and ideas of the mediaeval and analytic traditions. He has a special interest in metaphysics and characterizations of philosophy.

Publications

Academic Publications

- Journal Articles, Book Chapters   

2018: “The Anti-Philosophy of Richard Rorty”, Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 14  [in press]

2016: “A Note on Anselm's unum argumentum”, Études maritainiennes - Maritain Studies 32, pp. 155-70

2014: “Wittgenstein, Form, and the Criterion of Understanding”, in Whence Intelligibility? Louis Perron, Ed., (Washington, DC: Council for Research and Values in Philosophy), pp. 13-30

2012: “The Anti-Philosophy of Wittgenstein and al-Ghazali”, Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 8, pp. 107-122

2011: “Thomas Aquinas, Esse Intentionale, and the Cognitive As Such”, Review of Metaphysics 64, pp. 763-788

2009: “What Does it Mean to Be a Thomist?” Études maritainiennes - Maritain Studies 25, pp. 112-128

- Encyclopedia Entries

2013: “Abstraction”, revised article by E.D. Simmons, in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, volume 1. Robert L. Fastiggi, ed. 4 vols. (Detroit: Gale), pp. 2-7

2013: “Conative”, original entry in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, volume 1. Robert L. Fastiggi, ed. 4 vols. (Detroit: Gale), pp. 298-99

Academic Presentations

2018: “Charles de Koninck, Philosophy, and the Limits of Knowledge", at the Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish (October 20)

2018: “Irony, or Philosophy, in a Populist Age", at the Phoenix Colloquium, Mount Allison University, Sackville (September 21)

2018: “Some Ends of Philosophy", at the Faculty of Arts Research Day, Mount Allison University, Sackville (January 26)

2017: “Ineffabilia", panel paper on Michael Hymers's Wittgenstein on Sensation and Perception (Routledge 2017), in an Author-Meets-Readers Symposium of the Atlantic Wittgenstein Reading Group, at the Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association, St. Mary's University, Halifax (October 13)

2017: “Rorty and the Role of Philosophy in Politics", at the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Ryerson University, Toronto (May 28)

2017: “Holy Nonsense: Wittgensteinians Effing the Ineffable", at the Phoenix Colloquium, Mount Allison University, Sackville (March 24)

2016: “Teaching Wittgenstein's Children", at the Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association, Acadia University, Wolfville (October 22)

2016: “The Vanishing Point of Anselm's Argument", at the Atlantic Mediaevalists Association, Mount Allison University, Sackville (October 1)

2015: “St Thomas, Fr Dewan, and the Metaphysics of Individuation", at the Symposium on the Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan, OP: Metaphysics and Ethics, Dominican University College, Ottawa (November 7)

2015: “ 'Philosophy as Therapy' to What End?”, at the Atlantic Region Philosophers' Association, St. Thomas University, Fredericton (October 31)

2015: “St Anselm's Expression”, at the Atlantic Mediaevalists Association, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown (October 3)

2015: “Wittgenstein’s End of Philosophy”, Invited Public Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish (March 12)  

2015: “Not Particularly: Wittgenstein on a Source of Trouble in Philosophy”, Invited Public Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (February 18) 

2015: “Anselm’s Argument, Existence, and the Value of an Unbounded Invariable”, at the Phoenix Colloquium, Mount Allison University, Sackville (January 16)  

2014: “ ‘I made you see others’: Wittgenstein on the Duty of Persuasion”, at ‘Feed Your Brain’ Provost’s Lecture Series, Mount Allison University, Sackville (November 13)

2014: “Wittgenstein’s Method as Socratic Recollection”, at the Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association, Memorial University, St. John’s (October 25)   

2014: “Wittgenstein on Not Aiming at Completeness”, at the Dalhousie Philosophy Colloquium, Dalhousie University, Halifax (July 18)

2014: “Wittgenstein’s Lie: Philosophical Investigations §133”, at the Phoenix Colloquium, Mount Allison University, Sackville (March 28)

2012: “Dangerous Medicine: The Anti-Philosophy of Wittgenstein and Al-Ghazali”, at the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo (May 30)

2011: “Wittgenstein and the Meno”, at the Phoenix Colloquium Series, Mount Allison University, Sackville (September 30)

2011: “Knowledge, Dialogue, and the Dewey-Russell Debate”, at the Canadian Philosophical Association, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (May 31)

2011: “Naturalism and Idealism in Philosophy of Mind: an exitus-reditus Story”, at the Phoenix Colloquium, Mount Allison University, Sackville (January 31)

2010: “Wittgenstein on What Religious Language Shows”, at the Western New York and Pennsylvania American Catholic Philosophical Association, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, USA (October 30)

2010: “Dialogue, Scepticism, and the Renewed Interest in Al-Ghazali”, at the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Saint Paul University, Ottawa (October 22)

2010: “St Thomas and the Criterion of Cognition”, at Canisius College, Buffalo NY, USA (May 25)

2010: “Two Questions About Natural Kinds”, at the Phoenix Colloquium Series, Mount Allison University, Sackville (February 2)

2009: “A Block to Progress: Dewey and Russell on Immediate Knowledge,” at the Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association, Cape Breton University, Sydney (October 17)

2009: “Aristotle, Representation, and Current Philosophy of Mind”, at the Ancient Philosophy Conference, Mount Allison University, Sackville (August 5)

Education

PhD (University of Ottawa, 2009)

MA (Dalhousie University, 2002)

BA (St. Francis Xavier University, 2001)

Teaching

PHIL 1621 - Reason, Will, & World  (Introduction to Philosophy)

PHIL 2611 - Introductory Logic

PHIL 2801 - Metaphysics

PHIL 3101 - Mediaeval Philosophy

PHIL 3301 - Analytic Philosophy in Origin

PHIL 3311 - Analytic Philosophy in Progress

PHIL 3731 - Philosophy of Law

PHIL 4001 - Topics in History of Philosophy

PHIL 4511 - Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 4611 - Topics in Analytic Philosophy

Research

Mediaeval philosophy

20th-century analytic philosophy

Wittgenstein

Metaphysics