University of Calgary

Petra von Morstein

  • Professor Emerita


Petra von Morstein, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, was educated at Munster and Oxford, and taught philosophy at universities in various countries, but mostly at the University of Calgary. In 1987 she founded the Apeiron Society for the Practice of Philosophy, a public, not-for-profit, non-academic philosophical society which continues to be active in Calgary. In 1988 she began work as a philosophical counsellor in private practice. In her practice she works with individuals and holds workshops for small groups on topics such as "Self-Identity", "Creativity", "Anxiety", "Love", "God", "Time". In 1996 she took early retirement from the University of Calgary in order to expand her work as a practitioner of philosophy in the community and in private practice. In 2006 she was elected Vice President of the IBPP/ISPP (International Society for the Practice of Philosophy). Since 2007 she has lived in Berlin, Germany where she continues her work as a philosophical practitioner in philosophical counselling, philosophy workshops, as well as lectures and seminars. Her publications include essays on philosophy of mind, philosophy and literature, the practice of philosophy, aesthetics, as well as translations and poetry.
Photograph of Petra von Morstein
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