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Occupation  Philosophy
Name  John Micallef
Education  University of London

Born  1923Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Died  2003, West Vancouver, Canada
Books  Philosophy of Existence, No Destination, a Traveler's Way, No Destination- A Travellers Way

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John Micallef (1923–2003) was a Maltese minor philosopher. In philosophy he was mostly interested in Existentialism.



Micallef was born in Victoria, Gozo in 1923. After completing his studies at the Lyceum in Malta, he continued studying at the Gregorian University of Rome. From here he acquired a Masters in Philosophy. He also studied philosophy at Heythop College in London, England. From the University of London he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language, and another Master’s degree in Linguistics. From the University of Western Colorado in the United States of America he acquired, in 1973, a Doctorate in Arts. In 1980 he also acquired a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College of Vancouver, Canada. Over and above, he pursued studies at the University of Oña, in Spain, and at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria.

During the fifties, Dr.John Micallef was a teacher of languages. He was elected and he served for some time as Member of the Malta Legislative Assembly before he emigrated from Malta to Canada in 1964. He eventually settled in Nelson, British Columbia, and then in Oregon, United States. In Nelson he was Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Notre Dame University College. He was also Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Portland, and at the Mount Angel College, both in Oregon. Micallef died in 2003 in Vancouver, BC Canada.


Philosophy of Existence, and was issued in 1969 (Philosophical Library, New York, U.S.A.). As its title indicates, in this 225-page composition Micallef reveals his thorough Existentialist perspective. The book is basically divided into four parts, each one sub-divided into chapters.

The composition is a highly elaborate philosophical exercise into the nature of existence. Successively, Micallef deals with the affirmation of existence, the process of existence, the properties of existence, and the dialectic of existence.

Unfortunately, since the book was issued abroad, it has been seldom read in Malta. Consequently, its merited influence on the Maltese philosophical tradition was next to none.

Additional publications by John Micallef are: "No Destination- A Travellers Way" - a collection of poems and "Joy is my Gift" a collection of poems.

In addition John Micallef was a prolific writer, who has numerous finished manuscripts and plays that are unfortunately un-published.


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