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Events in the UCD School of Philosophy

Upcoming events in 2015

See here for the list of Visiting speakers this semester. See also News.



22-25 January 2015
Heidegger and “the jews” Conference

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centre Culturel Irlandais – Paris

Coordinated by

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
La Règle du Jeu
School of Philosophy, University College Dublin
Faculté de Philosophie, Université de Strasbourg
Le Centre Culturel Irlandais – Paris
PHILéPOL – Université Paris Descartes

Heidegger and "the jews"

Wednesday 21 January.  Workshop with Prof Dan Zahavi, (University of Copenhagen).  (Zahavi Workshop Programme)  Places are free but registration is *essential.*  Please register with Helen Kenny if you would like to attend.
Venue: Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Events in 2014

31 January. Philosophy and Literature Graduate Symposium. Topic: “Heroes”.

20-21 February. Conference: Is there a phenomenology of unconsciousness?. In association with the UCD International Centre for Newman Studies, the French Embassy in Dublin, and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Archives Husserl,  Paris.

28 February. Public Lecture by Prof Richard Kearney, 'Poetics of the Sacred‌'

7-8 March. 3rd annual meeting of the Association of Adorno Studies. Newman House, 85/86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

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.

Please see the video of her talk in our "News" section.

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"

             Please see the video of his talk in our "News" section.

21 June: Garret FitzGerald School with Philip Pettit
23 June: Collective Responsibility Workshop with Philip Pettit 

Philip Pettit Poster

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.

27-28 June Conference: Hegel and Resistance

6 October. Second Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture.  In association with UCD School of Philosophy, UCD School of Politics & International Relations, UCD School of Law and TCD School of Law.
"Is it Possible to be Safe Online?" by Bruce Schneier, computer security expert.  Please click here for a video of his talk.
Click below for the video of his talk.

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

5-7 November: Conference Phenomenology of Cognitive Experiences.

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

21 & 22 November. Society for Women in Philosophy (Ireland) Annual Conference: 'Women's Bodies'.  Full programme. Registration is essential (here).

24 November.  As part of the President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative, the School of Philosophy will hold an open panel discussion at the RIA at 6pm on Monday 24 November. The event is free and open to all, but registration is essential. For further information see link. To register, email

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

World Philosophy Day

Events in 2013


26 January. English and Philosophy Graduate Symposium. Topic: 'Visions'

8-9 February. Conference: ‘Between Heidegger, Levinas and Derrida’. (poster, programme)

4-6 April. Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference – Perception and Understanding

April. Prof. Noam Chomsky gave two talks at the invitation of the UCD School of Philosophy and UCD Philosophy Society. See the two Youtube videos of the event:

19-20 April. Program Husserl and Patocka Workshop

23-25 April. Agnes Cuming Lectures - Two Questions about Perception by Prof John Mc Dowell (Pittsburgh)

26 April. 2013 Annual Wittgenstein Conference

8-10 May. Conference: Discovering the "We": Phenomenology of Sociality.

17-19 June. Conference: Philosophies of Philosophy. (Programme, Conference website)

20-21 June. Conference: Philosophical Revolutions‌. (Programme, Conference website)

27 June. Colin Koopman Genealogy as Critique

6 July. Workshop on Conscience and Conscientious Objection

6 September. Is Civil Society the Good Society? - a conference with Prof Jeffrey C Alexander (Yale).  The conference was hosted by UCD School of Philosophy and UCD School of Sociology.

11-12 October. Symposium with Peter Sloterdijk Reading and Thinking. UCD International Centre for Newman Studies.  In collaboration with the Goethe Institute – Dublin, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie - Karlsruhe, and the Embassy of the Netherlands.

8-9 November. Workshop: Transcendence in Political Philosophy. (Programme, Poster)

29 November. Philosophy, Politics and Law Graduate Symposium.

16 December. Community, Empathy, and the State: The Social Philosophy of Edith Stein. See Programme.

Events in 2012

19 January. Humour and Morality a public lecture by Professor Noel Carroll (City University of New York).

21 January. Spectres - UCD/TCD Philosophy & Literature Postgraduate Conference.

27 January. Inaugural Session of the Society for Women in Philosophy - Ireland.

10 February. Heidegger and the Question of Subjectivity (in association with the Irish Phenomenological Circle)

17-18 February. Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference

25 February. Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

20-22 March: Agnes Cuming Lecture Series - Prof Christine M Korsgaard (Harvard University)

30 March. Hegel's Philosophy of Right

31 March. Conference: Encountering the Other: Philosophical Perspectives on Recognition

26 April. Celebrating Wittgenstein - Ludwig Wittgenstein - A Symposium

9-11 May. Workshop on Judgement, Responsibility, and the Life-World, Prague, sponsored by the Australasian Phenomenology and Hermeneutics Association (APHA) in collaboration with Philosophy at Murdoch University, the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, and the Jan Patočka Archive at the Center for Theoretical Study and the Institute for Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic as part of the ARC funded project Judgement, Responsibility and the Life-World.  (PI: Dermot Moran)

6-8 June. Sellars Centenary Conference. For a selection of videos of some of the main speakers, please see the Youtube clips here.

11-12 June. The American Style in Philosophy (sponsored by IRCHSS New Ideas in association with the School of Philosophy)

22 June. Group Think Workshop including launch of the new MA in Consciousness & Embodiment

28 September. Workshop on Epistemology with Prof Richard Fumerton

13 October. Workshop on Racism with Prof Bill Lawson

9-10 November. Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) - Joint Ireland/UK Conference

17 November. Workshop on Why Tolerate Religion? with Prof Brian Leiter (WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY)

23 November. Workshop on Heidegger and the Political

29-30 November. Life-World and the Natural World: Husserl & Patocka

2011 and earlier events

Law, State and Religion - An Inter-disciplinary Conference in Honour of Dr Shirin Ebadi 16-17 September 2011. Dr Ebadi was also awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by UCD.

Conference: Merleau-Ponty after 50 Years, 22-24 June 2011 (poster)

One-day Nietzsche conference, 11 April 2011

Paper On Spirit as Part of Nature  & Workshop Ethics and Dialogue, by Prof Albrecht Wellmer, Free University of Berlin, 14 & 15 April 2011

Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference, 25-26 March 2011

Agnes Cuming lectures by Prof. Terry Irwin, 21-22 March 2011

Ranciere Workshop, February 2011

Symposium: Transgression and the Sacred, 22-23 February 2011

Symposium: Of God in Philosophy, Saturday 26 February 2011

15 October 2010. Workshop seminar 'On Sovereignty' with Professor Yves-Charles Zarka, University of Paris.

8 October 2010. Aporo workshop on Michael Lynch's book Truth as One and Many

9 October 2010. Aporo workshop: Concept and property

10-11 September 2010: 21st Century Heidegger - Session Programme

Prof. Dermot Moran has been invited to teach a Masterclass in Phenomenology at the Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology
Research Institute for the Humanities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, for two weeks in July/August (19 July-4th August).

9-11 July 2010. UCD hosted the 2010 Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Association, together with a number of other conferences. See here for a report and some photographs.

Lecture by Professor Jürgen Habermas (emeritus, University of Frankfurt am Main) 'The Political': The Rational Meaning of a Questionable Inheritance of Political Theology,  15 June 2010.

Embodied Subjectivity Workshop, 25-27 May 2010, poster, abstracts, programme.

UCD visiting speakers, Spring 2010

Intersubjectivity and Empathy workshop, 5-6 May 2010

workshop on Professor Thomas McCarthy’s book, Race, Empire and the Idea of Human Development (CUP, 2009) on Tuesday, 13 April 2010.

Translation and Philosophy Symposium, 25-26 March 2010

Intentionality workshop, 4-5 February 2010, poster, abstracts

Charles Taylor, professor emeritus of McGill University, took part in several events organised by the UCD School of Philosophy in association with the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. The title of his public lecture was 'Against reductive explanation'.

Prof. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, and philosopher, visits UCD on 21 January 2010

The Schelling Symposium, 9 November 2009

Aporo seminar with Noam Chomsky, 2 November 2009

Conference on Derrida and America 12-13 June 2009
Keynote Speakers – Prof.Christina Howells (Oxford University) and Prof. Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough University)

Professor Seyla Benhabib: "Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin: International Law in the Shadow of Totalitarianism" 23 April 2009, 6pm in Clinton Auditorium.

'La Littérature et le voeu de pauvreté' Mireille Calle-Grüber (Professeur de Littérature fraçaise, Université la Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III) Newman Building, A318 23 March 2009, 5pm

Workshop in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind: Monday 9 March 2009.

Conference to honour Alasdair MacIntyre on his 80th birthday 6-8 March 2009.

Prof. Terry Eagleton delivers the Philosophy Society's 2009 Inaugural Lecture on 'The Irish Sublime' 3 March 2009

Prof. Axel Honneth (University of Frankfurt) delivers The Agnes Cuming Lectures on "Work and Recognition: The Morality of Markets" and "The Fabric of Justice:The Limits of Contemporary Proceduralism, 25-26 February, 2009.

Friday 13th February 2009: The 2nd Alexander von Humboldt Symposium: "Brains become Minds when they learn to Dance with other Brains" Prof. Lenny Moss.

4th Annual Joint Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy - 29-31 August 2008

Intercorporality and Intersubjectivity, 6-7 June 2008

Attention: Fundamental Questions - A workshop on the metaphysics, psychology, epistemology and neuroscience of attention. 29-31 May 2008

Naturalism, Normativity and 'The Space of Reasons'. - 28-29 March 2008

Dermot Moran's Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy and Jim O'Shea's Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn are launched.

Philosophy of Language Workshop - 18 June 2007

Hilary Putnam Conference, 11-14 March 2007

German Idealism and Normativity Conference, hosted by The Normativity Research Project, March 2007

Conference: Perspectives on the Body and Embodiment, June 2007

UCD School of Philosophy hosts Noam Chomsky, January 2006


Invited Speaker Seminar Series

Invited Speaker Seminar Series - Programme here


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