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Welcome to the website of the School of Philosophy at UCD

What they said about us...

We are the largest teaching and research centre for Philosophy in Ireland.  The School of Philosophy was recognized as one of the top ten schools in the English Speaking World for graduate studies in Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy by the Philosophical Gourmet.

We are unique in the broad range of research and teaching interests we offer. Our areas of expertise include Contemporary European (Continental) Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Classical Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Our members of staff have published widely in the history of philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and are prominent in international academic circles. Unlike many other internationally recognised departments, we also offer a friendly and open atmosphere where students and staff regularly interact and exchange ideas in discussion groups and coffee mornings.

A highly ranked periodical, The International Journal of Philosophical Studies, is edited from the School and we also publish a new graduate philosophy journal, Perspectives. The School of Philosophy is also part of Dublin Centre for Philosophical Research and contributes to Aporo, the Irish Philosophical Research Network. We have also been successful in attracting national and international research funding, including Irish Research Council postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

Our size and our range of diverse interests provide an exciting learning experience for undergraduates and graduates. Indeed, UCD School of Philosophy is famous for its vibrant intellectual atmosphere. We hold numerous international conferences and workshops, figures such as Noam Chomsky, Hilary Putnam, John McDowell, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas are regular visitors to the School.

Many of our former students hold academic positions in Ireland, UK and USA. Others are prominent playwrights, journalists, human rights activists,  broadcasters, film-makers and musicians.

 Please see our individual staff web pages for further details. You can also join the UCD School of Philosophy Facebook page or visit our webpage for further information about the School and the many academic events we organise.

Rowland Stout
Head of School

Rowland Stout

Rowland Stout


29-30 March 2014. Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference. See: 

31 March - 2 April. Agnes Cuming Lectures in Philosophy by Prof J David Velleman (New York University) on "A Relativist Metaethics."

4 April at 4 pm. Public Lecture by Prof Bernard McGinn, 'Comprehending the Incomprehensible: John Scottus Eriugena as Mystic'. Prof McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity, University of Chicago.  The lecture will take place in Newman House, 85/86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.  Admission is free but space is limited.  Those wishing to attend should book a place with the UCD School of Philosophy.

5 April. Dr Charlotte Blease, IRC Postdoctoral Fellow in UCD School of Philosophy, is speaking at the TEDxFulbright event in Dublin. Her talk is entitled 'The Medicine Game: Healthcare’s Dirty Secrets and What Everyone should Know about the Art of Medicine.' TEDxFulbrightDublin will comprise a full-day program for 100 participants with 16 talks of between 5 and 18 minutes, 3 networking breaks, lunch, facilitated activities and a closing reception. Visionary, dynamic, and succinct talks will be delivered by rising members, established alumni and friends of the Fulbright community based on the TED conference structure. Speakers are composed of researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, musicians, performers, and more. The full program will be announced soon.

30-31 May. International Conference on "Philosophy, Literature, America", organized by The American Voice Project ( Conference will take place at Newman House. Participation is free but space is limited. To confirm your attendance, or with any other enquiries, please email

4-6 June. University College Dublin will host the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Conference on 4-6 June 2014. The topic will be 'Supererogation'. See here for more details: RIP Supererogation Conference

18 June: Common Minds Workshop with Philip Pettit. 
20 June: Public Lecture by Philip Pettit: "The Infrastructure of Democracy"
21 June: Garret FitzGerald School with Philip Pettit
23 June: Collective Responsibility Workshop with Philip Pettit
Further details to be announced soon. Queries to

19-20 June. Conference on The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine, and the (Post)Human. Organised by Dylan Trigg (UCD) and Luna Dolezal (Trinity). Hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

24-26 June. Conference: Psychotherapy and the Placebo Effect: an Ethical Analysis.

17-18 October. Workshop: 'Conscience, Conscientious Objection and Whistle-Blowing'. See the Concience Project page for further details

5-7 November: Conference Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences.
Further details to be announced soon. Organized by Marta Jorba and Dermot Moran. 
Queries to

13-15 November. Workshop: 'Forgiveness, mercy and pardons'. Organised by Christopher Cowley. Details TBA.