Pierre Métivier, O.P Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Greek Humanism


  • Doctorat en philosophie, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Lectorat en théologie, Collège universitaire dominicain
  • B.Ph., Université Laval


I studied philosophy at Université Laval, the Dominican Studium (Ottawa), as well as at Université de Louvain, where I earned a doctorate in philosophy on the basis of a study on Aristotle’s moral project.I have been teaching for several years at Dominican University College. My courses have a common focus: the human being, seen as an essentially rational being that evolves within a historical and cultural context. Humans are defined precisely by the pursuit of values (F. Dumont). What fulfills humans, what gives them happiness, is living according to a rationality that springs from their intelligence and their heart, and shapes a manner of conduct chosen for its richness and value. In addition to teaching at Dominican University College, I taught philosophy courses for three years at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal and gave sessions at the Institut de pastorale (Montréal), at UQAM as part of the teacher training program, and at the Sudbury diocese.



My research work and papers have dealt with the following topics:

  •  Mystère de l’homme et morale chrétienne. 353 pp. Deposited at the College library.
  •  L’Éthique dans le projet moral d’Aristote. Paris, Éditions du Cerf, 2000, 595 pp.
  •  L’autre morale de Thomas d’Aquin. Son rapport au temps et à l’histoire. 2013, 200 pp., manuscript submitted to the Éditions du Cerf for publication.
  •  “Un acte de mémoire philosophique”  Une étude de l’éthique de Paul Ricoeur et de son acte de mémoire des traditions aristotélicienne et kantienne. ATEM Conference held at the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1998. 42 pp. (abridged version, 20 pp.).
  •  Place de la religion à l’école. Brief presented to the Parliamentary Commission on Education of the Assemblée nationale du Québec, Fall 1999, 50 pp.
  •  “Défi des catégories d’intelligence et de liaison”. ATEM Conference held at Université Catholique de Louvain in 1999 on the challenges of fundamental morals, 10 pp.
  •  “L’autre morale de Thomas d’Aquin”. Commemorative symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the Dominican College (1900-2000). 47 pp.
  •  “Le volet éthique et moral chez Ricoeur”. Roundtable on Ricoeur at Dominican University College in 2003. 22 pp.
  •  “La guerre se fait entre des anonymes”. Illustration based on a few films. Contribution to the Symposium on war held at Dominican University College in November 2012. Several articles published in the journal De Colores, under the title Propos de croyant, examine the topics of faith, the Holy Spirit, marriage, penitence, death and resurrection, and faith among youth.