Professor William Sweet

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I am Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology and Cultural Traditions, at St. Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

I am a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Ottawa, and I have served as an adjunct professor in the graduate programme of the Collège dominicain de philosophie et de théologie in Ottawa, Canada.

My principal areas of scholarly and teaching interest are:

I have recently taught at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan, and at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Dharmaram College), in Bangalore, India.

Courses I am teaching in 2004-05 

For information on other courses I have taught and on research I have directed, look here.

My research

I am the author of four books, over twenty edited collections of scholarly essays, some 100 articles and encyclopedia articles, and have a number of other publications. My work has been published in English, French, German, Polish, Farsi, Castilian, Gallego, and Chinese.

In 2004, I gave the Principal William Miller Endowment Lectures at the University of Madras, and I also held the Lokuang Chair of Philosophy and Culture at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

I received the President's Research Award from St Francis Xavier in 2001, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Grant for a project on British Idealism in India and South Africa.

Currently, I am at work on several books

My recently (i.e., since 2000) completed books include: For a more complete list of publications and professional lectures, click on the appropriate link.

Conferences I have recently organised or am organising:

For information on past conferences I have organised, look here.

Some of my current editorial responsibilities:

Information on some of my prior editorial responsibilities may be found here.

Some of my current administrative responsibilities:

Information on some of my prior administrative responsibilities may be found here.

Biographical varia 


I have completed doctoral studies in political science at the Sorbonne at the Université de Paris (D.E.A.) and in philosophy at the University of Ottawa (Ph.D) and at the Université Saint-Paul (D.Ph.).
     I am also a graduate of Carleton University (B.A. Hons., M.A.), the University of Ottawa (B.A. Hons., B.Th.), Saint Paul University (B.Ph., S.T.B., L.Ph.), and the University of Manitoba (M.A.), and have done additional studies at: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Wien (Austria), Centre Sèvres, (Faculté de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Paris), Collège International de Philosophie (Paris), Collège de France, Collège dominicain de philosophie et de theologie (Ottawa), Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the Goethe Institut.

Publications  (click here)

Teaching and Visiting Professorships:

In addition to teaching at St Francis Xavier, I have taught at

I am an Adjunct Professor in the graduate programme of the Collège dominicain de philosophie et de théologie in Ottawa, Canada.

During 2000-2001, I was

During 1996-1997, I was on sabbatical leave. I was


I serve on the Steering Committee of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (International Federation of Philosophical Societies) and am a member of the International Programme Committee for the XXII World Congress of Philosophy.
     I also serve on the Executive Committee of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies, (of which I am also Secretary-General), the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association (of which I am also President), the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, (of which I am Past-President), the International Council for Social Philosophy (India), and the Instituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (for both of which I am a Vice President). I am actively involved in a number of other professional associations.
     I have served on the Executive of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (of which I was also Membership Secretary) and of
the Committee on Outreach to Christian Philosophers Abroad of the Society of Christian Philosophers (in the United States) (of which I was Chair). I have also served on the Board of Directors of La Société de philosophie de l'Outaouais and of The Canadian Philosophical Association.
     At St Francis Xavier, I am
Past-President of the Faculty Association; I also serve on a number of university administrative and Faculty Association committees. (Past Committee work includes chairing the annual Dr Moses M. Coady Debating Competition.)
     I also serve on a variety of committees (research ethics; mission committee, etc.) at St Martha's Regional Hospital, in Antigonish.
     In my spare time, I maintain the Atlantic Region Philosophical Association web page, as well as web pages on a number of 'idealist' philosophers
     I am actively involved in a number of other professional associations.

Travel and Itineraries

  Personal details

Although a native of western Canada, despite having lived in each of the prairie provinces, and despite now living in Atlantic Canada, I retain close ties with the nation's capital, Ottawa. Check out the 'Hill Cam' here.
     I have a particular fondness for Melbourne (and its AFL club, the Melbourne Demons) and Berlin as well.
     Further biographical details can be gleaned from entries in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and the Canadian Who's Who.
     You might also look at some interviews on religion and on the concept of loyalty.

     My areas of not-quite-so-scholarly interest are... difficult to articulate. I do find the following to be examples of 'humour'. Readers may well wonder why.

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