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Áine Mahon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Education
Roebuck Offices
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 01 716 7945
Email: aine.mahon@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Áine Mahon is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UCD, a position she has held since September 2015. She researches and teaches in the Philosophy of Education and the Philosophy of Literature.

Áine was awarded a B.A. with First Class Honours from Trinity College Dublin (2005), an M.A. with Distinction from Queen's University Belfast (2006) and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (2009).

For the 2010/11 academic year, she was the recipient of the prestigious Simon Research Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. From 2011-2013, Áine held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Philosophy at UCD. Also in 2013, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research (New York). 

Áine is a founding member of Philosophy Ireland (2015 and ongoing), a consortium of academics and teachers who spearhead the practice of philosophy in primary and secondary schools across Ireland. She is co-founder of the Irish Young Philosopher Awards (youngphilosopherawards@ucd.ie), which were launched by President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in November 2017. 
 
 *Tá an-dúil ag Áine sa Ghaeilge agus is aoibhinn leí í a labhairt lena comhghleacaithe agus lena mic léinn. Scaoiligí amach í!*



Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: University College Dublin Seed Funding (jointly awarded with Dr. Danielle Petherbridge)
Year: 2016.
Title: Educational Studies Association of Ireland SIG Recognition (for Philosophy Ireland)
Year: 2015.
Title: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant
Year: 2015.
Title: Society for Applied Philosophy Research Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Disciplinary Funding
Year: 2013.
Title: Fulbright Visiting Scholar's Award
Year: 2013.
Title: University College Dublin Seed Funding (jointly awarded with Dr. Fergal McHugh)
Year: 2013.
Title: Society for Advancement of American Philosophy Research Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Irish Research Council New Foundations Award
Year: 2011.
Title: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Irish Research Council New Ideas Award
Year: 2011.
Title: British Society of Aesthetics Research Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: University of Edinburgh Simon Research Fellowship
Year: 2006.
Title: Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Funding
Year: 2001.
Title: Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award
       

Conference Contributions

Áine Mahon (2018) The Irish Language: Both Familiar and Strange. [Oral Presentation], Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland, University College Dublin , 08-MAR-18 - 09-MAR-18.
Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2017) The Vulnerabilities of Education: On Gert Biesta and Philip Pullman. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life Official Launch, University College Dublin , 23-NOV-17 - 25-NOV-17.
Áine Mahon (2017) Education as Encounter and as Risk. [Invited Lecture], UCC Department of Philosophy Visiting Speaker Series, University College Cork , 10-OCT-17 - 10-OCT-17.
Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2017) Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. [Invited Oral Presentation], Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Seminar Series, Gregynog Hall Conference Centre, University of Wales , 24-JUL-17 - 26-JUL-17.
Áine Mahon (2017) Stanley Cavell, Shakespeare and The Event of Reading. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, Oxford University , 31-MAR-17 - 02-APR-17.
Áine Mahon (2016) Derrida and The School. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway , 09-DEC-16 - 11-DEC-16.
Áine Mahon and Declan Fahie (2016) Ethics and Educational Research. [Oral Presentation], European Conference for Educational Researchers, University College Dublin , 23-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) Just Decide Already: Philosophy, Literature, Education, America. [Oral Presentation], Joint Conference of the Irish and British Associations of American Studies, Queen's University Belfast , 07-APR-16 - 09-APR-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) Moral Education and Contemporary America: On Cora Diamond and Eimear McBride. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, Oxford University , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) The Anxiety of Education: Stanley Cavell as Perfectionist Philosopher. [Oral Presentation], Seminar Series on Pragmatism and Philosophy of Education, Roehampton University, London , 14-MAR-16 - 16-MAR-16.
Áine Mahon (2015) Losing Our Way: Pragmatism, Perfectionism and Education as Anxiety. [Oral Presentation], Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University College Dublin , 10-JUN-15 - 12-JUN-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) Reversals of Pedagogy and Power: Language Education and the Irish Primary School Classroom. [Invited Lecture], Visiting Speaker Series, Institute of Education, University College London , 22-OCT-15 - 22-OCT-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself': Ethics and Education in David Foster Wallace. [Oral Presentation], Visiting Speaker Series, Texas A&M University , 10-DEC-15 - 11-DEC-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) Moral Education and Literature: On Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. [Oral Presentation], Aesthetics and the Feminine, University College Cork , 15-JUL-15 - 16-JUL-15.
Áine Mahon (2014) Philosophy with Literature and Literature with Philosophy. [Oral Presentation], Philosophy and Literature Graduate Symposium, University College Dublin , 15-JAN-14 - 17-JAN-14.
Áine Mahon (2014) Difficulties of Reality in Cora Diamond and David Foster Wallace. [Chaired Session], Philosophy, Literature, America, University College Dublin , 30-MAY-14 - 31-MAY-14.
Áine Mahon (2013) Marriage and Moral Perfectionism in Siri Hustvedt¿s The Summer Without Men. [Invited Lecture], Annual Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, University of California, Irvine , 13-NOV-13 - 22-NOV-13.
Áine Kelly (2013) Style and Philosophy in Martha Nussbaum and Henry James. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, Richard Stockton College, New Jersey , 14-MAR-13 - 15-MAR-13.
Áine Mahon (2013) Fraudulence, Obscurity and Exposure: The Autobiographical Anxieties of Stanley Cavell. [Chaired Session], Visiting Speaker Series, Fordham University, New York , 13-DEC-13 - 14-DEC-13.
Áine Kelly (2012) A Dance of Frenzy, A Dance of Praise: Fred Astaire Acknowledges America. [Invited Oral Presentation], Meeting of the White Rose Aesthetics Forum, University of Sheffiled , 13-JUN-12 - 13-JUN-12.
Áine Kelly (2012) Achieving Their Country: Richard Rorty and Jonathan Franzen. [Oral Presentation], The American Style in Philosophy, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin , 11-JUN-12 - 12-JUN-12.
Áine Kelly (2011) Richard Rorty's Moderate Polemics. [Oral Presentation], The Acknowledgement of the Aesthetic, University of Edinburgh , 20-JUN-11 - 20-JUN-11.
               

Publications

Books

Áine Mahon (2014) The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Book Chapters

Áine Mahon (2019) 'Reading for Redemption: Richard Rorty's Literary Culture' In: David Rondel (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Richard Rorty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Áine Mahon (2017) 'Wittgenstein, Education and Contemporary American Philosophy' In: Michael A. Peters and Jeff Stickney (eds). A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer. [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Fraudulence, Obscurity and Exposure: The Autobiographical Anxieties of Stanley Cavell' In: Christopher Cowley (eds). The Philosophy of Autobiography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Difficulties of Reality in David Foster Wallace and Cora Diamond' In: Philip Coleman (eds). David Foster Wallace: Critical Insights. Salem, New Jersey: Salem Press. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2013) 'A Dance of Frenzy, A Dance of Praise: Fred Astaire Acknowledges America' In: Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (eds). Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2013) 'Stanley Cavell and the Claims of America' In: Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (eds). Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2011) 'Princes, Frogs and Crafted Men: Storytelling in The Claim of Reason' In: James Loxley and Andrew Taylor (eds). Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (Ed.). (2013) Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Áine Mahon (2019) 'Losing Our Way: Pragmatism, Perfectionism and Education as Anxiety'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 53 (3). [Details]
Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2018) 'Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37 (2). [Details]
Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2018) 'Resonance, Response, Renewal: Literary Education in Rorty and Cavell'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 52 (3). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2017) 'Derrida and the School: Language Loss and Language Learning in Ireland'. Ethics and Education, 12 (2). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2017) 'Moral Education and Literature: On Cora Diamond and Eimear McBride'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 51 (1). [Details]
Áine Mahon and Fergal McHugh (2016) 'Lateness and the Inhospitable in Stanley Cavell and Don DeLillo'. Philosophy and Literature, 40 (2). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Marriage and Moral Perfectionism in Siri Hustvedt and Stanley Cavell'. Textual Practice, 29 (4). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'Achieving Their Country: Richard Rorty and Jonathan Franzen'. Philosophy and Literature, 38 (1). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'This is said on tiptoe: Stanley Cavell and the Writing of Philosophy'. Irish Journal of American Studies, 3 . [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'Style and Philosophy in Martha Nussbaum and Henry James'. Journal of Philosophical Research, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2012) 'A Radiant and Productive Atmosphere: Encounters of Wallace Stevens and Stanley Cavell'. Journal of American Studies, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2010) 'Stylists in the American Grain: Wallace Stevens, Stanley Cavell and Richard Rorty'. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2010) 'Pragmatism and its Inheritance: Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell'. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, . [Details]

Other Journals

Áine Mahon (2016) 'Stanley Cavell, Shakespeare and The Event of Reading' JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies 10 . [Details]
                           

Newspaper Articles

Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin (2018) Why Irish Universities are in Thrall to Neoliberalism. The Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Amanda Fulford and Áine Mahon (2018) A Philosophical Defence of the Traditional Lecture. Times Higher Education: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin (2017) Academics must take action to save colleges from market's incursion. The Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) UCD academic Áine Mahon on Eggshells by Caitriona Lally: A delightful debut. The Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Joe Humphreys and Áine Mahon (2014) Interview for Unthinkable: Is Irish literature too local to have philosophical heft?. The Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
                     

Book Reviews

Paul Standish and Naoko Saito, eds. (2017) Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation: The Truth is Translated. Book Reviews [Details]
Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb (2014) Gesturing Towards Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy. Book Reviews [Details]
Allard den Dulk (2014) Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer: A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature. Book Reviews [Details]
Paul Grimstad (2013) Emerson, Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Skepticism from Emerson to the Jameses. Book Reviews [Details]
Stanley Cavell (2011) Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory. Book Reviews [Details]
Richard Eldrige and Bernie Rhie (eds). (2011) Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism. Book Reviews [Details]
Martin Woessner (2010) Heidegger in America. Book Reviews [Details]
Ian D. Copestake (2010) The Ethics of William Carlos Williams's Poetry. Book Reviews [Details]
Edward F. Mooney (2009) Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell. Book Reviews [Details]
Neil Gross (2008) Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher. Book Reviews [Details]
Edward Ragg (2006) Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction. Book Reviews [Details]
Lawrence F. Rhu (2006) Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy and Hollywood Movies. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My research expertise lies at the intersection of Philosophy of Education and Philosophy of Literature. I'm particularly interested in the ways in which the ideals of liberal education might be explored through an engagement with poetry, drama, fiction and film. 

In developing these and related ideas, my work has returned consistently to a cluster of contemporary American philosophers - among them Richard Rorty, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell and Martha Nussbaum. My work is framed also by close readings of contemporary Irish and American fiction; in recent years I have published on the work of Siri Hustvedt, Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Eimear McBride. 
 
My first monograph, The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and I have published widely in a range of international journals in my field (Journal of Philosophy of Education, Philosophy and Literature, Ethics and Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Textual Practice).  

In addition to my individual research, I work collaboratively with a number of colleagues in Ireland and the UK. With Dr. Amanda Fulford of Leeds Trinity University, I am currently co-authoring a paper on the lecture as a mode of address. With Dr. Fergal McHugh of University College Dublin, I have recently published a paper on the themes of "Lateness" and "The Inhospitable" in the work of Cavell and Don DeLillo. 
 
I have developing research interests also in Children's Literature. I currently convene a postgraduate module featuring a diverse array of literary texts from children's picture books to young adult fiction. Building on the emergent themes from the module I have just published a co-authored piece, "Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights"with M.Sc. student, Elizabeth O'Brien.   

I am involved also with a number of academic and community networks. As secretary of the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, I take a particular interest in the development of mentoring initiatives for postgraduate and early career women. Following the introduction of Philosophy as a new subject in the Irish curriculum, I have been working also with a number of colleagues from the recently established network, Philosophy Ireland. For more information on our activities, please see www.philosophyireland.ie. 

In line with this individual and collaborative work, I am interested in supervising Masters and Ph.D. students in any of the following research areas: Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Literature, Ethics and Education, Children's Literature, Philosophy for Children, Philosophy and the Irish School.  

 

 

 

 

   

Current Postgraduate Students

Shane Cusack, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   EDUC42780     Education: Children's Literature
201700   EDUC42830     Education: Philosophy of Education
201700   EDUC42650     Education: Philosophical Perspectives
201700   EDUC20030     Education: Education for Democracy
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Shane Bergin (UCD School of Education)
Dr. Declan Fahie (UCD School of Education)
Ms. Elizabeth O'Brien (UCD School of Education)  
Mr. Gavin Murphy (UCD School of Education)
Professor Judith Harford (UCD School of Education)  
Dr. Clara Fischer (UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice)  
Dr. Danielle Petherbridge (UCD School of Philosophy)
Professor Maria Baghramian (UCD School of Philosophy)   

 
  

External Collaborators

Dr. Amanda Fulford (Leeds Trinity University)  
Professor Naoko Saito (Kyoto University)  
Professor Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)  
Dr. Charlotte Blease (Harvard University & UCD) 
Dr. Sheena Hyland (National College of Ireland) 
Mr. Gerry Dunne (Trinity College Dublin & Marino Institute of Education)
Ms. Marelle Rice (Philosophy Ireland)