UCD School of Philosophy

Dragos Calma 

Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College Cambridge), a recipient of ERC Consolidator Grant, joins UCD School of Philosophy


UCD School of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College Cambridge), a recipient of a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for the project Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions, is joining the School as an Associate Professor in History of Medieval Philosophy.


The ERC grant of €1,992,643 (2018-2023) will enable Dr Calma and his team of researchers in UCD to show the ways in which ideas drawing from the Pagan Hellenic philosophical school of Neoplatonism (in particular a fifth century text by Proclus called Elements of Theology) influenced the history of rationality in the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). By showing the connections between the original Greek text and the work of Arabic scholars in ninth century Baghdad, the Byzantine authors of the twelfth century, the Latin scholars at the University of Krakow in the fifteenth century at the time of Copernicus, and the Italian Renaissance of Marsilio Ficino, the project aims to reassess the connections between philosophical thinking across different historical periods and cultural traditions.


Dr Calma’s appointment  will ensure the continued strength of UCD in a field where there had been a long tradition of scholarship and research excellence. The activities of Dr Calma and his team, with their focus on the transnational impact and legacies of Neoplatonic thought across medieval Middle East and Europe, re-affirms UCD’s commitment to excellence in this  internationally significant field.


Dragos Calma is a historian of Western philosophy of the medieval period, with particular strength in metaphysics, theories of the soul and paleography. He studied philosophy at the University “Babes-Bolyai” in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BA in 2001), at the École normale supérieure, Paris (2001-2003) at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne (MA in 2002) and University of Sorbonne (MPhil in 2003, PhD in 2008). Prior to joining the UCD School of Philosophy, he has held fellowships at the University of Sorbonne (the Fritz Thyssen Foundation), the Warburg Institute (the A.W. Mellon Foundation), the University of Bonn (the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and the University of Cambridge (the British Academy and the Royal Society). He has directed major research grants awarded by the Romanian National Council at the University “Babes-Bolyai” (2011-2016) and the French National Research Agency at the École pratique des hautes études (2013-2017). For his previous work on Medieval Neoplatonism he was awarded the Friederich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018).


Dr Calma is the author of Études sur le premier siècle de l’averroïsme latin. Approches et textes inédits (Turnhout, Brepols, 2011) and Le poids de la citation. Étude sur les sources arabes et grecques dans l'œuvre de Dietrich de Freiberg (Fribourg, Academic Press 2010). He edited or co-edited seven volumes, most recently (with Z. Kaluza) Regards sur les traditions philosophiques (XIIe-XVIe siècles),  (Leuven University Press, 2017). He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters, most recently 'Adam of Bocfeld or Roger Bacon? New Remarks on a Commentary on the Book of Causes', Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales, 2018.


Further information on Dr Calma, his research and publication, is available here

We are pleased to announce:

New MA in Theory and Practice

Two PhD Scholarships

Two MA Newman Scholarships


We're delighted to welcome Dr Paul Giladi to the UCD School of Philosophy as a Teaching & Research Fellow for 2017-18.


New free ebook:  Prof Susan Haack's 2016 Agnes Cuming Lectures are now available as an ebook.


In memorium: Desmond Connell.

The death has taken place on 21 February 2017 of His Eminence Cardinal Desmond Connell, Professor Emeritus of Metaphysics, University College Dublin. Prof Connell lectured in UCD from 1953 to 1988. He was appointed Chair of General Metaphysics in 1972. In 1988 he left UCD to take up the role of Archbishop of Dublin. He was later appointed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. May he rest in peace.





Events in 2018

See here for the list of visiting speakers this semester.

23 April 2018

President of FISP Prof. Dermot Moran visit to Nankai University

27 April 2018

Husserl Memorial Lecture 2018

17-19 May 2018

SWIP Ireland Annual Conference 

 21 May 2018

Workshop on Language, Reference and Meaning with Professor Stephen Yablo, MIT


June 6-9 2018 Three Day Multidisciplinary Conference "The Inhuman Gaze" to be held in Paris, France

The Inhuman Gaze


June 15-16 2018 Workshop 'The Relationship betweeen Aristotle's Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics'

Provisional Programme Aristotle's Ethics details and Aristotle's Ethics Conference Poster

September 27 & 28 2018 Agency in Early Modern Philosophy



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