William Sweet

Dr William Sweet is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology and Cultural Traditions at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada.  He is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa, and an Adjunct Professor in the graduate programmes at Saint Paul University, the Dominican University College (Ottawa), and at the University of New Brunswick.
     He currently serves as President of the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (Rome), as President of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie
     He is a Past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, and the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association

He may be contacted at
Department of Philosophy,
St Francis Xavier University
Box 5000
Antigonish, NS  B2G 2W5
e-mail: wsweet (at) stfx.ca

Principal areas of research and teaching interest

Current Teaching (2012-13)

o   Philosophy 100 (Introductory Philosophy)

o   Philosophy 240 / second term (Philosophy of Religion)

o   Catholic Studies 322 (Contemporary Issues in Christianity and Science)

o   Philosophy 452 (Seminar in Ethics and Political Philosophy)


  • political philosophy (particularly on issues of human rights);
  • late 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American Philosophy (particularly, the origins of analytic philosophy and British Idealism);



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.).
     Additional studies at 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 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.



Travel and Itineraries

       Travel photos



Personal details


A moderately recent research profile.

Some interviews on religion and on the concept of loyalty.

A brief biography

Varia and some fun stuff


Where on earth is Antigonish?    Local weather.


Updated 2011/09/20.