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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.

Jim O'Shea
Head of School

Jim O'Shea

Interested in the Graduate Programmes at the UCD School of Philosophy?  Apply NOW.

JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Philosophy - Permanent Post.  (AOS: Open) Apply with UCD Human Resources.

Dr Danielle Petherbridge will be joining the UCD School of Philosophy in January 2016 as a Lecturer in Continental Philosophy.

‌Dr Daniel Deasy joined the UCD School of Philosophy in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Analytic Philosophy. 

Reaches of Pragmatism: Summer Institute in American Philosophy took place on 8-13 June 2015.

A major conference on 'Heidegger et "les juifs"/Heidegger and "the Jews"' was held on 22-25 January 2015. This conference was organized by Dr Joseph Cohen in coordination with multiple partner institutions.
The website for the conference is:

Dermot Moran, delivered an invited address, “Dialogue and Distrust: Is Intercultural Dialogue Possible?” tothe Philosophy in the Public Space Conference to celebrate UNESCO World Philosophy Day, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of the Sciences, Moscow, RUSSIA 20 November 2014. Please see News section.

Videos from Prof Philip Pettit's (Princeton) keynote address at the UCD Garret FitzGerald Summer School 2014 and Dr Charlotte Blease's TEDxFulbright Dublin 2014 talk are both available in our "News" section.