Our Major Research Projects

A selection of current and recently completed interdisciplinary and international research in which the School is involved.

European Research Grant

NeoplAT: Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions.
A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th centuries)
(ERC_CoG_771460) 2018-2023

Hosted jointly by UCD and the Academy of Sciences Vienna

The project offers a fresh and thoroughly documented account of the impact of Pagan Neoplatonism on the Abrahamic traditions. It focuses mainly, but not exclusively, on the Elements of Theology of Proclus (fifth century) which occupies a unique place in the history of thought.

This project radically challenges these conservative narratives both by analysing invaluable, previously ignored resources and by developing an innovative comparative approach that embraces a variety of research methods and disciplines. Specialists in Arabic, Greek and Latin history of ideas, philology, palaeography and lexicography develop an intense interdisciplinary research laboratory investigating the influence of Proclus on the mutual exchanges between the scriptural monotheisms from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries.

 

When Experts Disagree

An interdisciplinary study involving: Epistemologists, philosophers of science, astrophysicists and environmental scientists.

 

American Voice in Philosophy

With four project members based in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, The American Voice in Philosophy is an interdisciplinary initiative aiming to foreground the literary and historical dimensions of philosophy in America. It is our stated aim to broaden the scope of American philosophy from the analytic tradition as narrowly understood to the discipline’s potential affinities with U.S. intellectual history and literary studies.