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Dermot Moran

MA, MPhil, PhD (Yale), MRIA, DLitt (NUI)
Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics and Logic)

Curriculum Vitae:   Dermot Moran CV 2016 (Downloadable PDF)


Current Research

Short Curriculum Vitae

Dermot Moran holds the Professorship of Philosophy (Metaphysics and Logic) at University College Dublin since 1989 and since 2003 is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has previously lectured in the Department of Scholastic Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast (1979-1982) and in the Department of Philosophy at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (1982-1989), then a Recognized College of the National University of Ireland. He has held Visiting Professorships in the USA, including at Yale University (1986-1987), Connecticut College (1992-1993), Rice University(Fall 2003 and Spring 2006), Northwestern University (2007), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Summer 2010). He is currently Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor in the Humanities, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2013-2016). Dermot Moran is currently Director of the International Centre of Newman Studies in UCD.

Professor Moran was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in the Humanities in 2012 and was awarded the DLitt Degree by the National University of Ireland in 2013. 

At its General Assembly in Athens, Greece, on 9th August 2013, Professor Dermot Moran was elected President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies/ Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), for a five-year period from 2013 to 2018.

On 26 October 2015 Professor Dermot Moran was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Philosophy by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens "for his contribution to the promotion of Philosophy in general and with regard to his field of research in particular".

Research Interests and Publications

Dermot Moran has published widely in medieval philosophy (especially Christian Neoplatonism, including St. Augustine, John Scottus Eriugena, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa), contemporary European philosophy (especially phenomenology, including Husserl, Heidegger, Scheler, Stein, Schutz, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty), philosophy of mind (themes of intentionality, consciousness, empathy and intersubjectivity), and on the history of twentieth-century philosophy.

Dermot Moran is the author of 7 monographs and 1 co-authored book: 

  • The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena. A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge U. P., 1989; reissued 2004;
  • Nature and Mind in the Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena: A Study in Medieval Idealism. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International (UMI)/ Open Library OL18910684M. 1987, xii + 399pp.
  • Introduction to Phenomenology (London & NY: Routledge, 2000); 
  • Xianxiangxue Daolun (現象學導論), [Introduction to Phenomenology] translated into Chinese by 蔡錚雲, Prof. Tsai, Cheng-Yun, National Sun Yat-Sen University.
  • Introduccíon a la Fenomenologicá. Presentación de Gustavo Leyva, Traducción de Francisco Castro Merrifield y Pablo Lazo Briones. Rubí, Barcelona: Editorial Anthropos/ Mexico: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2011. 
  • Edmund Husserl. Founder of Phenomenology. Cambridge & Malden, MA: Polity, 2005;
  • Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. An Introduction. New York: Cambridge U. P., 2012;
  • [with Joseph Cohen] The Husserl Dictionary. London: Bloomsbury/Continuum 2012.

 Prof. Dermot Moran has edited at least 10 books including:

  • Husserl’s Logical Investigations, 2 vols. London: Routledge, 2001. 
  • The Shorter Logical Investigations. London: Routledge, 2001. 
  • The Phenomenology Reader [co-edited withTim Mooney]. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • PhenomenologyCritical Concepts in Philosophy, 5 Volumes [co-edited with Lester E. Embree]. London: Routledge, 2004. 
  • Eriugena, Berkeley and the Idealist Tradition [co-edited with Stephen Gersh]. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006. 
  • The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy London & New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • Phenomenology 2010. Volume 4. Traditions, Transitions and Challenges. [Ed. with Hans Rainer Sepp]. Bucharest: Zeta Books 2010.
  • Edmund Husserl, Ideas. A General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology. Ed with a New Foreword by Dermot Moran.Trans. W. R. Boyce Gibson. London & New York: Routledge Classics, 2012. 
  • The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity [ed. With Rasmus Thybo Jensen]. Contributions to Phenomenology Series Vol. 71. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.

 He has published 34 articles in refereed journals, 98 book chapters in refereed edited collections, and has delivered over 250 invited lectures and conference contributions, including many plenary addresses. 

Dermot Moran is Founding Editor of The International Journal of Philosophical Studies(established 1993) and Co-Editor of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (Springer).

Research Funding

Dermot Moran is Principal Investigator for the Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Advanced Collaborative Research Project Grant Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality., 2012-2013. (value: €119,099).

Dermot Moran has successfully completed an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) project ‘The Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity’ (2008-2010).

He is co-PI (with Ivan Chvatik and Lubica Ucnik) of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Award: Judgment, Responsibility, and the Life-world: The Phenomenological Critique of Formalism (2010-2012)

Dermot Moran  has held an Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS), Senior Research Fellowship, (2002-2003) for a project entitled A Critical Assessment of Twentieth-Century Philosophy (value: €38,000). 

Short Biography & Education

Dermot Moran is a graduate of University College Dublin (BA, 1973) and Yale University (MA, 1974; MPhil, 1976; PhD, 1986). He was born in Stillorgan, County Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Oatlands College Primary and Secondary Schools, Mount Merrion, County Dublin. He completed the Leaving Certificate Examination in 1970, and was awarded the Easter Week 1916 Commemorative Scholarship by the Department of Education for university study. He received the University College Dublin Entrance Scholarship 1970. He also received the Institute of Chemists of Ireland Gold Medal for Chemistry for the highest marks in Chemistry in the Leaving Certificate Examination 1970. He graduated with a BA Degree (Double First Class Honours) in English and Philosophy in 1973.

Dermot Moran was awarded the Wilmarth Lewis Graduate Scholarship, to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy at Yale University. He entered in Fall 1973 and graduated with MA (1974) in Philosophy, MPhil in Philosophy (1976) and t PhD (1986) degree in Philosophy. His dissertation supervisor was Professor Karsten Harries . Dermot Moran’s thesis was entitled ‘Nature and Mind in the Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena’ (a substantially revised version was subsequently published as a monograph by Cambridge University Press as The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena: A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages, in 1989, reprinted 2004).

Adminstrative Responsibilities and Service to the Profession

Professor Moran has served as Head of the Department of Philosophy at UCD for three terms (between 1989 to 2001). He is currently an elected member (elected by the Professoriate) of the UCD Governing Authority (2009-2014). He is a member of the UCD Academic Council, the UCD Research Ethics Committee, the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, and the Committee of Professors Involved in Mentoring.

He is Chairperson of the REC Working Group on Regenerative Medicine examining the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of human embryonic stem cells in research. He also serves on the National University of Ireland Committee on Degrees on Published Work.

Other Posts

  • Président, Programme Committee, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), 2009-2013
  • Member of the Royal Irish Academy (since 2003)
  • Member, Royal Irish Academy Committee for Philosophy and Ethics, 2009-2013
  • Honorary Member of Advisory Board, Archive for Phenomenology & Contemporary Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong (since 2005)
  • Elected Member, Steering Committee (Comité Directeur), Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), 2003-2008 (arranging XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 2008)
  • Executive Committee member, Committee on Teaching Philosophy, FISP (1993– )
  • President, Mind Association, 1996-97
  • Vice-President, Mind Association, 1997-98
  • Chairperson, National Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy (1992-95)
  • Member, National Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy (1988- )
  • Director, Board of Directors, Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology (CARP), USA
  • Executive Committee Member, Irish Philosophical Society (1989-95)
  • Treasurer, Irish Philosophical Society (1984-86)
  • Secretary, Irish Philosophical Society (1986-89)
  • Member, British Society for Phenomenology (1980- )
  • Founder Member, UK Kant Society
  • Member of the Association of Philosophy Journal Editors
  • Member, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
  • Member of the Friends of the Husserl-Archiv, Leuven
  • Elected Member, Husserl Circle (2001- )
  • Member, Society for the Promotion of Eriugena Studies (SPES)
  • Patron and Founding Member of the Eckhart Society (UK)
  • Constituent Faculty Member, Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition
  • Member, American Philosophical Association

Areas of Specialization

  • Phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger)
  • Medieval Philosophy (especially Christian Neoplatonism, John Scottus Eriugena, Nicholas of Cusa);
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science (Intentionality, Consciousness, Embodiment, Empathy)
  • Modern European Philosophy (Descartes, Kant, German Idealism) 
  • Relations Between Analytic and Continental Philosophy 
  • The History of Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Areas of competence

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Environmental Ethics

Other Interests

  • Aikido
  • Swimming
  • Hill-Walking
  • Golf

International Conferences & Workshops Organized

  • President, Programme Committee, Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life, XXIII World Congress of Philosophy Athens, Greece (4-10 August 2013)
  • Convener, Social Cognition and Group Cognition, Workshop sponsored by IRCHSS, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, (14 December 2012)
  • Convener, The Natural World and the Life-World: Husserl and Patočka, Workshop sponsored by IRCHSS, University College Dublin, Newman House (29-30 November 2012)
  • Presidential Inaugural Address, First Conference of the Irish Phenomenological Circle, Nature, Freedom and History – Merleau-Ponty after 50 years, Newman House, Dublin (22-24 June 2011).
  • Convener, Embodied Subjectivity Conference, sponsored by IRCHSS, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 25-27 May 2010.
  • Convener, Intersubjectivity & Empathy Conference, sponsored by IRCHSS, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (5-6 May 2010).
  • Convener, Intentionality Conference, sponsored by IRCHSS, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (4-5 February 2010).
  • Member of Steering Committee, XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea (30 July -5 August 2008)
  • Convener, 35th Annual Husserl Conference, University College Dublin (9-12 June 2005).
  • President, Mind Association-Aristotelian Society Joint Session, University College Dublin (July 1996)
  • Chair and Convener, Heidegger Conference (with Hubert L. Dreyfus), National Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy. Dublin (18-19 May, 1995).
  • Chair and Convenor, Conference on ‘Realism’ (with Hilary Putnam) of the National Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (28-29 May 1992).
  • Organizer, Joint Conference of British Society for Phenomenology & Irish Philosophical Society, St Patrick's College Maynooth (1984)