Although our organisation endeavours to bring all philosophy enthusiasts together, it also strongly supports professionals in their philosophical studies, research and publications. Here is a list of philosophers who are doing interesting things with philosophy in the Maltese Islands (starting with the youngest).
Dr. Jean-Paul De Lucca, a lecturer in philosophy and Director of the Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Malta, is in possession of a Ph.D. from the University of Malta. Dr. De Lucca is a member of the editorial committee of Bruniana & Campanelliana, an international peer-reviewed journal on early modern philosophy and the history of ideas. He is an external collaborator of Archivio del Rinascimento, a project of the Italian National Research Council (CNR)'s Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI). He is regularly engaged as a reviewer by a number of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. De Lucca recently co-edited the publication entitled A Philosopher at Large (2013), a collection of essays by philosophers in memory of Peter Serracino Inglott.
Dr Manuel Vella was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Malta in 2014. His thesis was entitled 'Sameness: Heidegger and Wittgenstein in a Post-Metaphysical Situatedness' in which he discusses a theoretical-philosophical framework for a re-evaluation of objectivity. Dr Vella also holds an M.A. with Distinction (2010) and a First Class B.A. (Hons) (2008) in philosophy from the University of Malta. Dr Vella taught philosophy to adult learners with the Directorate for Lifelong Learning between 2013 and 2015, he is a visiting lecturer at the Department of International Relations of the UOM and teaches at the Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the same University. His research focuses on contemporary developments in metaphysics and his interests include: Anglophone Continental Philosophy, the Speculative Turn and Object Oriented Philosophy; the relation between ethics, aesthetics and metaphysics; the continental-analytic divide in philosophy; and the history of European thought. Dr Vella is Head of the Quality Assurance Unit within the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE).
François Mifsud was born in Malta where he completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Social Anthropology at the University of Malta. He holds a degree in Theology from the Faculty of the Emilia-Romania (Bologna), Italy, and an M.A. in Social Justice and Education from the IOE, University of London. François is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education at OISE, University of Toronto (Canada). His research interests include ethics and epistemology in relation to education, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Aleks Farrugia is a writer and a political activist. He was the editor of the Maltese newspaper 'It-Torca' (The Torch) until January 2014. He is Head of Communications and Public Relations at Malta Enterprise and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta. He also lectures on Philosophy at the Lifelong Learning Centre, Msida, Malta. Aleks studied Philosophy at the University of Malta. His area of specialisation is political philosophy and communication. He later continued to pursue his studies in journalism in England.
Dr. Sciberras is a part time Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta and teacher of philosophy at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Durham, England. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled Buddhist Philosophy and the Ideals of Environmentalism. In this research Dr. Sciberras critically examined the environmental credentials of the Buddhist worldview, focusing on whether nature can be said to have value according to the classical Indian texts. Her current research interests include Philosophy of Mind and History and Philosophy of Science.
Christopher Caruana is a graduate research student in Philosophy at King's College London. His research interests include Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, Medieval Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science.
Michael Grech is an Assistant Lecture at the Malta Junior College, where he currently lectures the study unit entitled 'Introduction to Philosophy'. He is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham in England.
Dr. Mark Sultana studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Malta, where he also read for a Licentiate in Theology. He was awarded a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He delivers lectures on Philosophical Theology at the University of Malta. His published works include Self-Deception and Akrasia (Analecta Gregoriana), for which he received the Premio Bellarmino in 2006. Dr. Sultana is a member of the Editorial Board of Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy. He has participated in a number of conferences and seminars, both at the University of Malta and at other institutions overseas. As a philosopher, his interests include the Philosophy of Religion, The interface between Reason and Faith, Metaphysics, and Philosophical Anthropology.
Dr. Clive Zammit is Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Science with
the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta. His
reserach interests are in Contemporary Philosophy, Consciousness, Identity, Time, Memory, Knowledge
and Ethics. At the University
he delivers lectures on Digital Art, the Role of Journalism
in Democracy, the Philosophy of Communication, Heidegger's notion of Time, and on the Philosophical Analysis of the Societies of
Dr. Mark Montebello is a Dominican priest, a writer and a philosopher. He joined the Dominican Order in 1980 and was ordained priest in 1989. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the College of St. Thomas Aquinas, at Tal-Virtu with Peter Serracino Inglott, and at the University of Malta. From these institutions he obtained the Lectorate in Philosophy and Theology and his Bachelor of Theology. He later obtained the Licentiate and the Doctorate of Philosophy from the Angelicum University in Rome, (Italy), and he then started another Doctorate in Philosophy at the University Complutense of Madrid, in Spain. Dr. Montebello embarked on an academic career when, between 1991 and 1993, he was Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Malta. At the same time he was Reader in Thomastic studies, along with Peter Serracino Inglott and John Haldane. In1996 he became a Visiting Lecturer of Maltese Philosophy at the University of Malta. Mark Montebello has authored 14 books and he is a regular contributor for the Maltese Sunday newspaper It-Torca (The Torch).
Professor John Baldacchino is Chair of Arts Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He has served as Associate Dean and Full Professor of Arts Pedagogy at the Graduate School, Falmouth University, United Kingdom; as Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York; as Reader (Associate Prof.) in Critical Theory & Contextual Studies at Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Scotland; and as Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) of Arts Education and Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick, England. Prof. Baldacchino specializes in Art, Philosophy, Politics and Education. He has published extensively and he recently co-authored a publication (with Professor Kenneth Wain) entitled Democracy without Confession (2013).
Dr. Joseph Giordmaina is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies with the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta where he lectures on General Principles and Techniques of Personal and Social Development Facilitation, Critical and Creative Thinking, Critical Issues in Education, Thinking Skills and Problem Solving, Philosophical Conversations on Education, and Philosophy and Children.
Professor Claude Mangion obtained his BA (Hons) from the University of Malta, and subsequently obtained an MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Sussex (England). He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Malta on the subject of Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Language. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and of the European Communications Research and Education Association. One of Professor Mangion’s most recent publications is entitled Philosophical Approaches to Communication (2011). He recently co-edited the publication entitled A Philosopher at Large (2013), a collection of essays by philosophers in memory of Peter Serracino Inglott.
Dr Jean Buttigieg read for his B.Phil. at the Milltown Institute, Dublin, which he followed with an S.Th.B. from the Pontificia Facolta' Teologica dell'Italia Meridionale, Naples, Italy. On his return to Malta, he successfully read for his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Malta. Before joining the Philosophy Department at the University of Malta, Dr Buttigieg was actively involved for many years with the University of Malta Junior College, where he occupied the posts of Co-ordinator for Philosophy, Psychology and Classical Studies and Area Co-ordinator for Humanities. His research interests include Technology and Cyberculture, the Internet and Social Networks, the Concept of Common Heritage of Mankind, Ethics and Bioethics. Dr. Buttigieg recently co-edited the publication entitled A Philosopher at Large (2013), a collection of essays by philosophers in memory of Peter Serracino Inglott.
Dr Max Cassar’s interest in the Arts led him to read for an Honours degree in Philosophy at the University of Malta from where he graduated in 1979. Dr. Cassar continued his studies and obtained his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education two years later. He later pursued further studies in Italy, where he read for a doctorate in Psychology at the State University of Padua and he furthered his Theological Studies at the Istituto di Liturgia Pastorale in Padua (Italy). Dr. Cassar has taught Philosophy at the G.F. Abela Upper Lyceum (Malta), at the Paolino Vassallo Upper Lyceum, Paola (Malta). He currently teaches Philosophy and Religion at the Govanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar (Malta). Dr. Cassar is a part-time lecturer at the University of Malta where he lectures on Psychology in the Faculty of Education. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Psychology. His main interests are in these fields and in their interactions and mutual influences. In 2010, he was nominated Member of the Board of Direction of the Augustinian Institute, Malta.
Dr John Avellino is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Malta and a journalist. He followed courses in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Malta, where he obtained his B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, and his Master in Sacred Theology, with a thesis on The Humanism of Karol Wojtyla. He then proceeded to further his studies in Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, with a specialisation in Philosophical Anthropology. At the Gregorian he read for a Master in Philosophy, with a thesis on Levinas’ Experience of the Other. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled The Tacit Dimension of Knowledge: Michael Polanyi’s proposal for an evaluation of Personal Knowledge. Dr. Avellino’s research interests include (the broad title of) Philosophy of Man, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Perception, and Modern Philosophy. Dr. Avellino is a regular contributor to the weekly IL-GENSillum, and RTK Radio.
Dr Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci studied Philosophy, Law and the Arts. He graduated from the University of Malta, the State University of Kiev, and the State University of Moscow, and undertook post-doctoral research studies at the State University of Milan (Italy). Besides lecturing in Modern and Contemporary Art, Fine Arts and Art Theory at the University of Malta, he has exhibited his own artistic works in Malta and overseas. His publications include studies on Willy Apap, Emvin Cremona, Anton Agius and other Maltese painters of the 20th century. Dr. Schembri Bonaci is the author of various studies on Dürer and Rembrandt. Together with Dr Marjorie Trusted (Victoria and Albert Museum) he published Velázquez-Picasso: Las Meninas. His main areas of interest include (a) the relationship between art and politics; and (b) the interrelationship between insularity, provincialism and cosmopolitanism in the arts. Dr. Schembri Bonaci has been active as a Theatre Director, producing Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, and Dario Fo’s Mistero Buffo.
Dr Anthony Spiteri is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Malta. He studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy. Four years after the completion of his M.A., he pursued graduate studies and completed his Ph.D. at York University, Toronto, Canada, focusing on Social and Political Philosophy, with an emphasis on Hegelian Phenomenology. His main areas of interest include Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Social and Political Philosophy, Postmodern Thought and Contemporary Philosophy.
DR EMMANUEL GEORGE CEFAI
Emmanuel George Cefai studied law at the University of Malta, and theoretical science and philosophy mainly on a personal basis. He is also a published poet. Though he began publishing writings about his philosophical interests in 1978, the greater part of his extensive philosophical works are, as yet, still unpublished. These include studies in metaphysics, ethics, logic, law, history, religion, politics, science, and education. A few draft productions have been tentatively published online. In 2011 he published an ebook with a collection of forty selected poems, and in 2014 he published The Spirit of Metaphysics.
Rev Professor Emmanuel Agius delivers lectures on Moral Theology and Philosophical Ethics and he is Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He is in possession of an S.Th.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Prof. Agius pursued post-doctoral research in the field of Bioethics at the University of Tubingen, Germany, as a fellow of the Alexander-von-Humbolt Stiftung, at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., as a Fulbright scholar, and at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is a member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), a member of Malta’s National Bioethics Committee and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Centro di Ateneo di Bioetica at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy. Prof. Agius is the coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Programme on Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights and Future Generations, supported by UNESCO. Prof. Agius has published extensively and his articles on bioethical issues have appeared in a number of international academic journals. He also authored the Philosophy textbook, Problems in Applied Ethics (Malta University Press, 1994).
Professor Michael Zammit is a philosopher who is specialised in Ancient and Eastern Philosophy. He studied Philosophy at the University of Malta, acquiring a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1976, and a Master’s degree in 1993. Professor Zammit joined the academic staff at the University of Malta in 1988 as part of a team preparing for the introduction of a general knowledge introductory course for High Schools called 'Systems of Knowledge', and for the introduction of an advanced level matriculation exam in Philosophy. Professor Zammit began teaching Philosophy, Logic, and Aesthetics at the University of Malta in 1992. Between 1989 and 1995, he coordinated, administered and lectured 'Systems of Knowledge' courses in Malta and Gozo. In 1989, he founded the Philosophy Society in the Department of Philosophy, University of Malta. Professor Zammit has lectured on Ancient Philosophy (1992), and Eastern and Western Comparative Philosophy (1994). On Campus FM (the University of Malta radio station), he produced and presented three series of programmes related to Philosophy: Platun (Plato; 1996), Philosophy Help-line (1997), and Oht il-Gherf? (Sister of Knowledge? 1998). Professor Zammit delivers lectures on Plato, Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, Far Eastern Philosophy and Sanskrit Advaita Vedanta Philosophy.
Professor John P. Portelli was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1977 and he commenced his studies at McGill University (Canada) from where he obtained an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984). Currently he is Professor in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education, and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto (Canada). Before joining OISE in 1999 he taught at The University of Malta (1980), McGill University (1982-1985), Dalhousie University (Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1985-1986), and Mount Saint Vincent University (1986 – 1999). He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta (1992), Acadia University (1997), the University of British Columbia (1998), and the University of Verona (2010, 2011). Since 1982, Professor Portelli has worked closely with teachers and school administrators in Canada and internationally. He was a Commissioner of the National Commission for Higher Education of Malta (2006-2013), and a Lead Expert for the European Mediterranean University, Slovenia (on issues of quality assurance). He has published extensively and his most recent publication is entitled Student Engagement in Urban Schools: Beyond Neoliberal Discourses (with Brenda McMahon, North Carolina: Information Age Publishers, 2012).
Mario Vella studied philosophy under Peter Serracino Inglott at the then Royal University of Malta, sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and economics at Humboldt University in Berlin. He teaches Economic Sociology and Political Economy of Development at the University of Malta and is Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. He was visiting lecturer at the Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali at the Universita Cattolica, Milan, and at the Universita' di Urbino. A former Chief Executive of the Malta Development Corporation and Director of Foreign Direct Investment at Grant Thornton, he is now Executive Chairman of Malta Enterprise. He is also a former President of the Labour Party. Amongst his publications is 'Reflections in a Canvas Bag: Beginning Philosophy Between Politics and History. A critical assessment of Peter Serracino Inglott's Beginning Philosophy and beyond' (1989).
DR MARY ANN CASSAR
Dr. Mary Ann Cassar holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology and a doctoral degree in Philosophy, both from the University of Malta. Her doctoral thesis was entitled Logic, Laughter and Laughter-Provocation (2006). Dr. Cassar’s research interests include Informal Logic, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Laughter and Laughter-Provocation. Dr. Cassar was coordinator of the Philosophy Society at the University of Malta for many years.
Professor Sandra M. Dingli is a philosopher mainly specialising in Philosophy of Mind, Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, Quietism and Philosophy of Artifician Intelligence. She obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Durham in England. Her dissertation was published with the title On Thinking and the World: John McDowell’s Mind and World (Ashgate, 2005). Professor Dingli was appointed the Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta in 1992. At the University of Malta, Professor Dingli has created a number of modules and degrees, including a Masters Program in Creativity and Innovation. She actively participates in various European funded projects mainly on Innovation Management, Creative Thinking, New Digital Technology (including New Media) and Foresight (Future Studies).
Professor Joe Friggieri is Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Senate at the University of Malta. He is also a poet, playwright and theatre director. Friggieri is the first Professor of Philosophy not to be a Catholic priest and he succeeded Peter Serracino Inglott in 1996 as Head of the Department of Philosophy upon the latter’s retirement. Professor Friggieri holds Doctorates from the University of Milan (Cattolica) and the University of Oxford. He has been a guest research scholar and lecturer at the Universities of Venice, Amsterdam, St Andrews, Augsburg and Genova. In April 2012 he was appointed Pro-Rector for the University of Malta’s Gozo Campus. Professor Friggieri's publications include three volumes of poetry, three collections of short stories, a number of plays, and two volumes entitled In-Nisga tal-Hsieb, the first History of Philosophy publication in Maltese. He has won several literary awards, including the National Literary Prize, which he won on three occasions (1993, 1999 and 2003).
Professor Kenneth Wain is a philosopher and educator. His areas of specialisation in Philosophy include Philosophy of Education, Ethics and Political Philosophy. Professor Wain has published extensively and he has established himself as a public figure with liberal views. During his academic career at the University of Malta, which started in 1979, he was Dean of the Faculty of Education. Apart from playing a leading role in Malta’s national educational policy development and in the setting up of the National Curriculum, he continued to contribute actively in the field as Chairman of the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools and of the Foundation for Educational Services. Professor Wain is a board member of the International Network of Philosophers of Education. In 2007 Professor Wain was appointed Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations and ex-ufficio Deputy Chairman of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. He recently co-authored a publication (with Professor John Baldacchino) entitled Democracy without Confession (2013).
Professor Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, thinker, inventor and consultant. He is currently Visiting Professor at The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta. Professor de Bono is international renowned for having originated the term Lateral Thinking. He has published numerous books including the Six Thinking Hats, and he is a proponent of the Direct Teaching of Thinking as a subject in schools. Professor de Bono was awarded a medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Malta, following which he was a Rhodes Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, in England where he gained an MA in psychology and physiology. He has a PhD and a DPhil in medicine from Trinity College, Cambridge, a DDes (Doctor of Design) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and an LLD from the University of Dundee. Professor de Bono has held faculty appointments at the universities of Malta, Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard. He is a Professor at the Universities of Malta, Pretoria, Central England and Dublin City University. Professor de Bono holds the Da Vinci Professor of Thinking chair at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, USA. He was one of the the twenty-seven persons who were nominated as Ambassadors for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation in 2009.