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James O'Shea

Professor

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168368
Email: jim.oshea@ucd.ie

Biography

[For pre-prints of my papers & selections from my books, please link to:  https://ucd.academia.edu/JamesOShea .]
 
I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 (Problems of Substance: Perception and Object in Hume and Kant).  Supervisors: Prof. Jay F. Rosenberg and Prof. Simon Blackburn. 

Since 1992 I have been a lecturer (USA terminology: 'professor') then Professor in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin.  I am also Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and Treasurer of the international Irish Philosophical Club.  This year (2016-17) I continue in my role as Head of School of Philosophy.

In addition to my continuing work on systematic issues in the philosophies of Hume and Kant, I am also working on issues in contemporary analytic philosophy concerning naturalism, normativity, and the 'logical space of reasons' (Sellars, Brandom, McDowell), as well as on American pragmatism and neo-pragmatism.  I have published sole-authored monographs on Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007), and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: An Introduction and Interpretation (London: Routledge, 2012); plus an edited volume, Self, Language, and World: Problems from Kant, Sellars, and Rosenberg (Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview Publishing Co., 2010; co-edited with Eric Rubenstein). Most recently I have published two high profile edited volumes: O'Shea, ed. Sellars and his Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2016) and O'Shea, ed. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2017, in press). Next up is an edited volume with Harvard University Press entitled Fraught With Ought: Selected Writings of Wilfrid Sellars (vol. 2, forthcoming 2018). My next project is a monograph on Kant on Purposiveness and Laws of Nature.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: UCD President's Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Seed Funding Award (Conference Participation)
Year: 2012.
Title: 50,000 Euro Funding (via John McDowell's Mellon Foundation 'Distinguished Achievement Award') to organise and host the international 'Sellars Centenary Conference' at UCD
Year: 2014.
Title: Seed Funding Award (Conference Participation)

Associations

Association: American Philosophical Association, Function/Role: *
Association: U.K. Kant Society, Function/Role: Officer, UKKS Member Correspondent for Ireland
Association: Hume Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Society for the History of Philosophy., Function/Role: *
Association: International Irish Philosophical Club, Function/Role: Treasurer, Officer, & Conference Co-organiser
Association: The Wilfrid Sellars Society, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

O'Shea, J (2013) McDowell on Sellars's Epistemological Blind Spot. [International Refereed Conference], XXIII World Congress of Philosophy - Invited Session - Knowledge and the Space of Reasons, Athens , 30-JUL-13 - 30-JUL-13.
O'Shea, J (2013) Sellars's Defence of Non-Conceptual Content. [Invited Lecture], Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference - Invited Lecture, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin , 06-APR-13 - 06-APR-13.
O'Shea, J (2012) Sellars's Kantian Explanatory Account of Epistemic Principles. [Invited Lecture], Workshop on Epistemology with Richard Fumerton, Newman House UCD Dublin , 28-SEP-12 - 28-SEP-12.
O'Shea, J (2012) Perception, Inference, and the Given. [Invited Lecture], Workshop on Perception and Action, Newman House, Dublin , 27-AUG-12 - 27-AUG-12.
O'Shea, J (2011) On the Reliable Observation of Imperceptible Entities. [Invited Lecture], Invited Speaker (NUI Maynooth, 17th November and Trinity College Dublin Metaphysical Society, 10th November), NUI Maynooth, 17th November and Trinity College Dublin Metaphysical Society, 10th November , 17-NOV-13 - 17-NOV-13.
O'Shea, J (2009) Normativity and Scientific Naturalism in Sellars's 'Janus-Faced' Space of Reasons. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, Queens University Belfast, Queens University Belfast , 29-OCT-09 - 29-OCT-09.
O'Shea, J (2009) A Priori Transcendental Laws and Contingent Empirical Realities: Causality and Kant's Two Regulative/Constitutive Distinctions. Philosophy Colloquium, NUI Galway, National University of Ireland, Galway , 23-JAN-09 - 23-JAN-09.
O'Shea, J (2009) Sellars on Oughts and Rules: Naturalist or Anti-Naturalist (or Both)?. [Invited Lecture], Symposium on Naturalism, Trinity College Dublin , 28-APR-09 - 28-APR-09.
O'Shea, J (2008) Wilfrid Sellars on Language and Thought: The Origins of Functionalism. [Invited Lecture], Keynote Speaker, Graduate Conference sponsored by the Dublin Metaphysical Society, Trinity College Dublin , 01-MAR-08 - 01-MAR-08.
O'Shea, J (2006) Sellars's Original Normative Turn on Mind and Meaning. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy of Language Workshop, University College Dublin, The Humanities Institute, University College Dublin , 01-JUN-06 - 01-JUN-06.
O'Shea, J (2006) Mind in a Physical World: On the Manifest and Scientific Images of the Human Being. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 04-APR-06 - 04-APR-06.
O'Shea, J (2006) Sellars's Naturalism with a Normative Turn. [Invited Lecture], Invited Speakers Seminar, University College Cork, University College Cork , 07-FEB-06 - 07-FEB-06.
O'Shea, J (2005) Reflections on Sellars and the Synthetic A Priori. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin , 04-MAR-05 - 04-MAR-05.
O'Shea, J (2004) Philosophy of Science and the Social Sciences: the Conflict between Science and Common Sense. [Invited Lecture], Humanities Institute of Ireland Invited Speakers Seminar, University College Dublin , 27-OCT-04 - 27-OCT-04.
O'Shea, J (2003) Sellars and the Myth of the Given: Comments on Sosa and Williams. [International Refereed Conference], The Mind-Aristotelian Society Joint Session, Belfast , 19-JUL-03 - 21-JUL-03.
O'Shea, J (2002) Wilfrid Sellars on Perception and the Myth of the Given. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, Queens University Belfast, Queens University Belfast , 14-MAR-02 - 14-MAR-02.
O'Shea, J (2000) Kant's Teleology and Dennett's Intentional Stance Compared. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, National University of Ireland, Maynooth , 10-FEB-00 - 10-FEB-00.
O'Shea, J (2000) Teleology in Kant's Third Critique. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, University of Ulster at Coleraine, Coleraine , 29-FEB-00 - 29-FEB-00.
O'Shea, J (1998) Intentionality in William James. [Invited Lecture], Annual international conference, Irish Philosophical Club Ballymascanlon, Dundalk (13 February 1998), Ballymascanlon, Dundalk , 13-FEB-98 - 14-FEB-98.
O'Shea, J (1997) Hume's Attempt to Restore Reason. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany , 25-JUN-97 - 25-JUN-97.
O'Shea, J (1995) Kant's Conception of Matter and Permanent Substance. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin , 25-NOV-95 - 25-NOV-95.
O'Shea, J (1994) Hume's Reflective Return to the Vulgar. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, University of Ulster at Coleraine, University of Ulster at Coleraine , 10-MAY-94 - 10-MAY-94.
O'Shea, J (1992) Kant's Other Response to Hume. [Invited Lecture], Philosophy Colloquium, University College Cork, University College Cork , 06-NOV-92 - 06-NOV-92.

Committees

Committee : FOR AN UPDATED & COMPLETE LIST OF COMMITTEE & Other Professional Work, please see my UCD Promotions Application 2013. (This online list is incomplete.)
Committee : Speaker programme organizer and chair for the U.C.D. Department of Philosophy Invited Speakers Seminars: responsible for inviting, organizing, and chairing a programme of local and international speakers (2000 to 2003).
Committee : yearly contributions to UCD Open Days (School of Philosophy)
Committee : Service as Year Coordinator (1997-2003 2nd Year Coordinator; 1992-1996 1st Year and MA coordinator)
Committee : Service on the department Postgraduate Committee (1994-7) and on the Exams Committee (2001-2)
Committee : Service on ad hoc committee to restructure entirely the tutorial and essays requirements of the department (2000-1).
Committee : Ongoing contributions to the design and development of interdisciplinary (inter-faculty) programmes:
Committee : Hiring committee/interview board for full-time lectureship position in philosophy, 2002 (Rowland Stout appointed).
Committee : Responsible for all organisational matters concerning those American students in the Junior Year Abroad programme at U.C.D. taking courses in the Department of Philosophy (JYA liason), since 1998.
Committee : Departmental liaison to the Faculty of Arts, U.C.D., from 1999-2003.
Committee : Attended U.C.D. health and safety instructional meetings, as Department of Philosophy liaison, 1993-4.
Committee : Royal Irish Academy, Academy nominee serving on the Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science, from June 1999 to the present.
Committee : Treasurer of the Irish Philosophical Club (since 1999), a long-standing philosophical society with members from the Republic and Northern Ireland, which holds a yearly conference with internationally renowned invited speakers.
Committee : Served as external assessor for a full-time lectureship appointment in the Department of Philosophy (Mental and Moral Science) at Trinity College Dublin, April 2000.
Committee : INTERNATIONALISATION COMMITTEE, College of Human Sciences, 2013-present
Committee : Deputy Head of School of Philosophy, Sept 2012-present
 

Education

Year 1992 Institution: Univ of North Carolina
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: Univ of North Carolina
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1985 Institution: Georgetown University, DC.USA
Qualification: BA Subject:
     

Journals Edited

International Journal Of Philosophical Studies: Editor.

Other Activities

Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies since late 2003

Some Useful Links:

Kant on the Web': www.hkbu.edu.hk/~ppp/Kant.html

'The Hume Archive': www.utm.edu/research/hume/

Hume texts and Links: www.etext.leeds.ac.uk/hume/

'Problems from Wilfrid Sellars': www.ditext.com/sellars/

Extremely useful for research is The Philosopher's Index, For UCD on-campus access follow the link from here.

HIPPIAS search engine for philosophy: hippias.evansville.edu

Excellent philosophy links page: www.gla.ac.uk/Acad/Philosophy/links.html

Publications

Books

O'Shea, J (2012) Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: An Introduction. London: Routledge. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2007) Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism With a Normative Turn. Cambridge: Polity Press. Available Online [Details]
OShea, J; Moran, D (1995) Reading Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason, co-authored with Dermot Moran, in the textbook series 'Philosophy 2: Reading Philosophers'. Dublin: Oscail: Dublin City University Publications. University Distance Learning Degree in Humanities. [Details]

Book Chapters

O'Shea, J. (2016) 'Introduction: Origins and Legacy of a Synoptic Vision' In: O'Shea, J (eds). Sellars and his Legacy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. , pp.1-19 [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea, J. (2017) 'The 'Analytic' Tradition' In: Sorin Baiasu and Mark Timmons (eds). The Kantian Mind. London, UK: Routledge. [Details]
O'Shea, J. (2017) 'Percepts and Concepts' In: Alexander Klein (eds). Oxford Handbook to William James. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]
O'Shea, J. (2016) 'What to Take Away from Sellars's Kantian Naturalism' In: O'Shea, J (eds). Sellars and His Legacy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. , pp.130-148 [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea, J. (2015) 'Concepts of Objects as Involving Laws: A Kantian and Pragmatist Line of Thought' In: Robert Stern and Gabriele Gava (eds). Pragmatism, Kant, and Transcendental Philosophy. London, UK: Routledge. , pp.196-216 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2013) 'Kant and Dennett on the Epistemic Status of Teleological Principles' In: O'Rourke, F., ed (eds). Human Destinies. Philosophical Essays in Memory of Gerald Hanratty. Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. [Details]
O'Shea, J (2011) 'Sources of Pluralism in William James (Chinese tr.)' In: O'Shea, J (eds). 多元論︰差異性哲學和政治學, Pluralism:the Philosophy and Politics of Diversity, Maria Baghramian and Attracta Ingram, editors (translated by Zhang Feng). Chongqing: Chongqing Publishing House. [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) 'Conceptual Thinking and Nonconceptual Content: A Sellarsian Divide' In: James R. O'Shea and Eric Rubenstein (eds). Self, Language, and World: Problems from Kant, Sellars, and Rosenberg. Atascadero, CA, USA: Ridgeview Publishing Company. , pp.205-228 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2009) 'On the Structure of Sellars' Naturalism with a Normative Turn' In: DeVries, W., ed (eds). Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.187-210 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2008) 'American Philosophy in the Twentieth Century' In: Dermot Moran (eds). The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.204-253 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2006) 'Conceptual Connections: Kant and the Twentieth Century Analytic Tradition' In: Graham Bird (eds). Blackwell Companion to Kant. Oxford: Blackwell. , pp.513-526 Available Online [Details]
OShea, J (2000) 'Sources of Pluralism in William James' In: edited by Maria Baghramian and Attracta Ingram (eds). Pluralism: The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity. London: Routledge. , pp.17-43 [Details]

Edited Books

O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2017) Fraught With Ought: Selected Writings of Wilfrid Sellars (Volume 2). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2016) Sellars and His Legacy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2016) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Book Symposia, Critical Notices, and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 24. London, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), UK. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2017) Cambridge Critical Guide to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2015) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 23. London, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2014) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 22. London, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis). [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2013) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 21. London, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis). [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2012) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 20. Oxford, UK: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2011) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 19. Oxford, UK: Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J; Rubenstein, J (Ed.). (2010) Self, Language, and World: Problems from Kant, Sellars, and Rosenberg. Atascadero, California, USA: Ridgeview Publishing Company. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2010) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 18. Oxford: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Ltd. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2010) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUE: Naturalism, Normativity, and the Space of Reasons. Special Issue of the 'International Journal of Philosophical Studies', volume 18, issue 3, July 2010: Routledge. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2009) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 17. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2008) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 16. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2007) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 15. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2006) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 14. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2005) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 13. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]
O'Shea, J (Ed.). (2004) EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES: 'Critical Notices and Reviews', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 12. Oxford: Routledge / Taylor & Francis. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Shea, J (2015) 'Kantian Reflections on the Givenness of Zahavi's Minimal Experiential Self'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 23 (5):619-625. [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea J (2014) 'A Tension in Pragmatist and Neo-Pragmatist Conceptions of Meaning and Experience'. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, VI (2):40-63. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) 'Prospects for a Synoptic Vision of our Thinking Nature: On Sellars, Brandom, and Millikan'. Humana.Mente A Journal of Philosophical Studies, 21 :149-172. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) 'Objective Truth and the Practice Relativity of Justification in the Pragmatic Turn'. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 3 (2):216-222. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) 'The 'Theory Theory' of Mind and the Aims of Sellars' Original Myth of Jones'. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (2):175-204. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Shea, J (2011) 'How to be a Kantian and a Naturalist about Human Knowledge: Sellars' Middle Way'. Journal of Philosophical Research, . Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) 'Having a Sensible World in View: McDowell and Sellars on Perceptual Experience'. Philosophical Books, 51 (2):63-82. [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) 'Normativity and Scientific Naturalism in Sellars' 'Janus-Faced' Space of Reasons'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 18 (3):459-471. [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) 'Introduction: Naturalism, Normativity, and the Space of Reasons'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 18 (3):313-315. [Details]
O'Shea, J (2002) 'Revisiting Sellars on the Myth of the Given: Critical Notice of Knowledge, Mind, and the Given'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 10 (4):490-503. [Details]
O'Shea, J (1997) 'The Needs of Understanding: Kant on Empirical Laws and Regulative Ideals'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5 (2):216-254. [Details]
O'Shea, J (1997) 'Fictitious Duration and Informative Identity in Humes Treatise. In Hume, eds. John Biro, João Paulo Monteiro and Michael B. Wrigley'. Manuscrito, 2 :169-211. Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (1996) 'Hume's Reflective Return to the Vulgar'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 4 (2):285-315. [Details]
O'Shea, J (1996) 'Kantian Matters: the Structure of Permanence'. Acta Analytica, 15 :67-88. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

O'Shea, J (2015) Thought, Normativity, and Embodiment in Kant and Sellars Sellars in a New Generation [Details]
O'Shea, J (2015) On the Very Idea of an 'Analytic Pragmatism' and its Sellarsian Roots Sellars's Place in 20th Century Philosophy (Erlangen University) [Details]
O'Shea, J (2015) Analytic Pragmatism: Questions and Controversies The Reaches of Pragmatism (Summer Institute of American Philosophy) [Details]
O'Shea, J (2014) Kant on the Status of Regulative Principles Kant and Sellars: A Conference at the University of Chicago Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2014) Concepts as Involving Laws: A Kantian Pragmatist Line of Thought Bridging Traditions: Idealism and Pragmatism Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J. (2014) On the Constitutive Pragmatic Conceptions of the A Priori in C. I. Lewis and Wilfrid Sellars The Relativization of the A Priori [Details]
O'Shea, J (2013) On Non-Inferential Perceptual Knowledge Conference on Pragmatist Perspectives on Truth & Knowledge (Edinburgh) University of Edinburgh, , 14-JUN-13 - 15-JUN-13 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) C. I. Lewis and Sellars on the Given: Relocating the Myth First Annual European Conference on Pragmatism and American Philosophy , 19-SEP-12 - 19-SEP-12 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) Kant, Science, and Sensibility: Haunting Sellars' Synoptic Vision Sellars Centenary Conference , 06-JUN-12 - 06-JUN-12 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) Sellars's Kantian Naturalism Sellarsian Readings of Kant and Kantian Readings of Sellars Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2011) Pragmatism and Scientific Naturalism: Some Forks in the Road International conference on Huw Price's Naturalism Without Mirrors, Ethics Research Institute, University of Zurich Ethics Research Institute, University of Zurich, , 08-MAY-11 - 11-MAY-11 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2011) Normativity and Nature: Prospects for a Stereoscopic View international conference on Normativity of Meaning: Sellarsian Perspectives, Prague Prague, Czech Republic, Charles University, , 24-MAY-11 - 27-MAY-11 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) The 'Theory Theory' of Mind and the Aims of Sellars' Original Myth of Jones International conference on Intersubjectivity and Empathy Royal Irish Academy, , 05-MAY-10 - 06-MAY-10 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2010) Conceptualism, Perceptual Content, and Sensible Qualities international conference on Phenomenal Qualities University of Hertfordshire, UK, , 25-FEB-10 - 25-FEB-10 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2009) The Central Importance of Sellars' Theory of Conceptual Change Wilfrid Sellars: Science and Metaphysics College de France, Paris, , 18-MAY-09 - 19-MAY-09 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2008) Normativity and Nonconceptual Representation: A Sellarsian Approach to Perceptual Experience Conference on Normativity, University of Amsterdam University of Amsterdam, , 29-AUG-08 - 30-AUG-08 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2008) Conceptual Thinking and Nonconceptual Representation international conference on Self, Language, and World University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, , 11-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2008) The Space of Reasons: Sellars on Naturalism and Normativity international conference on Normativity Amsterdam, , 30-AUG-08 - 30-AUG-08 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2008) Sellars's Pragmatic Naturalism: Reasons, Causes, and the Janus-Faced Character of Language international conference on Pragmatism and Naturalism Tilburg University, Netherlands, , 07-MAY-08 - 08-MAY-08 Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2006) On the Structure of Sellars's Naturalism with a Normative Turn International Conference Celebrating Fifty Years of Sellars's Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, , 28-JUN-06 - 30-JUN-06 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2005) Sellars and McDowell on the Myth of Given Fifth European Congress for Analytic Philosophy Lisbon, , 30-AUG-05 - 01-SEP-05 [Details]
O'Shea, J (2000) The Role of Reflection in Hume American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, (28 December 2000) New York, , 28-DEC-00 [Details]
O'Shea, J (1997) Reflections on Sense and Science in Sellars and Kant British Society for the History of Philosophy, with the UK Kant Society, Keele University (5 April 1997) Keele University, , 05-APR-97 [Details]
O'Shea, J (1996) Reason's Ideal of Systematic Unity and the Needs of Understanding UK Kant Society/Royal Irish Academy joint conference, Dublin (16 May 1996) Dublin, , 16-MAY-96 [Details]
O'Shea, J (1994) Kant's Metaphysics of Material Substance International Conference on Ontology, Bled, Slovenia (13 June 1995) Slovenia, UCD, , 25-NOV-94 [Details]
O'Shea, J (1993) Humean Scepticism and the Objects of Perception International Conference in Philosophy at the Royal Irish Academy (5 May 1993) Dublin, , 05-MAY-93 [Details]
O'Shea, J (1991) Hume and Kant on Duration and Identity American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York (29 December, 1991) New York, , 29-DEC-91 [Details]
               

Video/TV

O'Shea, J (2013) Interview with Professor John McDowell USA, at UCD 24 April 2009, on Perception & the Given. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2012) Kant, Science, and Sensibility: Haunting Sellars's Synoptic Vision. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2009) The Central Importance of Sellars's Theory of Conceptual Change. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
             

Book Reviews

O'Shea, J (2010) Review of Bernhard Weiss and Jeremy Wanderer (eds), 'Reading Brandom: On Making It Explicit'. http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=22129: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
O'Shea, J (2001) Review of Jeffrey Edwards, Substance, Force, and the Possibility of Knowledge: On Kant's Philosophy of Material Nature. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (2001) Review of Simon Blackburn, 'Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy'. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1999) Kantian humility: Our ignorance of things in themselves. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1999) Review of Rae Langton, Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves (Clarendon, 1998). Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1998) Review of Ruth Anna Putnam, ed., The Cambridge Companion to William James. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1996) Review of David Oderberg, The Metaphysics of Identity over Time. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1995) Review of David Fate Norton, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Hume. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Shea, J (1993) Review of Galen Strawsons The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                               

Research

Research Interests

[For pre-prints of my papers & selections from my books, please link to:  https://ucd.academia.edu/JamesOShea .]

I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 (
Problems of Substance: Perception and Object in Hume and Kant; supervisors Jay F. Rosenberg and Simon Blackburn.  Since 1992 I have been a lecturer (USA terminology: 'professor') and then Professor in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (UCD), of which I am currently Head of School.  I am also Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and Treasurer of the international Irish Philosophical Club.

In addition to my continuing work on systematic issues in the philosophies of Hume and Kant, I also work on issues in contemporary analytic philosophy concerning naturalism, normativity, and the 'space of reasons' (Sellars, Brandom, McDowell, issues in philosophy of mind, perception, epistemology), as well as on American pragmatism and neo-pragmatism.  

I have published sole-authored monographs on Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2007) and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: An Introduction and Interpretation (London: Routledge [Acumen], 2012), as well as an edited book on Self, Language, and World: Problems from Kant, Sellars, and Rosenberg (Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview Publishing Co., 2010; co-edited with Eric Rubenstein). Most recently I have published two high profile edited volumes: O'Shea, ed. Sellars and his Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2016) and O'Shea ed., Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2016-17, in press). 

Next to be published (2018) is an edited volume with Harvard University Press entitled Fraught With Ought: Selected Writings of Wilfrid Sellars (vol. 2). (This is the second, follow up volume to In the Space of Reasons: Selected Writings of Wilfrid Sellars (vol. 1), Harvard University Press, 2007, Kevin Scharp & Robert Brandom, eds.) My current project is a monograph on Kant on Purposiveness and the Laws of Nature, tracing a connected argument in Kant extending from the First to the Third Critique.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Incoming Visiting Professor Willem deVries (UNH)
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Sellars and Bachelard on Concepts and Reality: Reason and the Historical Progress of Conceptual Schemes.
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Conference on 'The Relativized A Priori' 1-2 October 2014 (paper presentation)
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 30-SEP-15
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : A Doorway to Consciousness: Making sense of Type-2 Blindsight
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-13 / 30-MAY-13
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Panel Organizer & Presenter - "Peirce and Sellars: A Case of Pragmatist Converegence & Divergence". ('First European Conference on Pragmatism & American Philosophy', at the University of Rome 19-21 Sept 2012. ( http://www.nordprag.org/epc1.html )
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-OCT-13
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Blindsight: A Doorway to Consciousness
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-10 / 30-SEP-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Naturalism within the normative space of reasons
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Meanings of Thumb: A semantic error Theory.
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-07 / 30-SEP-09
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Scepticism and Psychologism in the Critique of Pure Reason
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-05 / 30-SEP-07

Recent Postgraduates

Principal Supervisor of the following graduated PhD, MLitt, and Post-Doctoral research students:
 
Robert Foley, PhD 2013
Simone Marini, PhD 2012
Erik Sorem, PhD 2011 
John O'Reilly, PhD 2003
 
Michael Gallagher, MLitt 2013 
Ruth Egan, MLitt 2003
Eoin Ryan, MLitt 2003
Timothy Crowley, MLitt 2000
John Callanan, MLitt 1999 
(Plus co-supervised MLitt students, 2000, 1995).

Irish Research Council (IRC) Post-Doctoral Researchers (Principal Investigator):

Fabio Gironi, 2014-2016
Andrew Jorgensen, 2007-2009
John Callanan, 2005-2007

Current PhD Students (2013-2016):
 
Muhannad Harriri (on Sellars)
Conor Morris (on Dewey)
Christopher Murphy (on Kant) [on leave]

 
 
 

 

 





 

 

Current Postgraduate Students

Rana Bizri, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor
Frida Trotter, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Muhannad Hariri, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Conor Morris, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I see my teaching as part of a Socratic heritage that emphasizes that education is the drawing out of powers and potentialities for reasoning that are not so much transmitted by the educator as awakened in the learner and strengthened by reasoning and reflection.

Modules Coordinated

201600   PHIL20060     Philosophy: Hume and Kant
201600   PHIL41340     Philosophy: Kant on Aesthetics & Nature

Enhancement of Teaching

I seek to enhance my teaching by paying better attention to the students' perspective on what I am (or am not) providing them; by finding new ways in large lectures to stimulate questioning and thought, rather than just passive intake; and in many other ways. For example, in response to my student feedback scores on the question, "The lecturer indicated what was important to learn", I undertook to improve my clarification of expected learning outcomes for the students by providing to students ahead of time, rather than only after grading the essays, the detailed essay feedback sheet setting out the criteria that I would use to grade their essay. A small change, but the result was that students took greater care with their thesis statements, concluding paragraphs, bibliography, grammar and spelling and so on, since they could see in advance the 10 criteria on which their essay would be graded. This year I have also held four meetings with individual First Year students in my PHIL 10020 course to discuss with them why their essays, despite including works in the Bibliography, would have counted as plagiarism according to guidelines we examined together. The aim of these individual meetings is to increase awareness of plagiarism and decrease its frequency. It was the emphasis on prevention during College Teaching and Learning Committees that brought this point home to me.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

I regularly review the structure of my modules and curriculum with a view to making stimulating learning and teaching improvements. For example, in two of my large modules I introduced in-lecture-theatre, 50 minute multiple choice (MCQ) Midterm Exams on primary text readings, in response to student feedback indicating student pressure with multiple essay assignments across different subjects. Student comments on feedback indicate that this was a tremendous help in getting students to read primary texts and to reflect on them early in the semester. I have continued to develop a high number of new modules in recent years, in order to widen my teaching competencies and keep lectures fresh: Pragmatism, Mind & World (contributed to a new MA in Consciousness and Embodiment in Philosophy), and Kant and his Interpreters at the graduate level; Knowledge & Reality and contributions to the Hitchhiker's Guide to Philosophy at the undergraduate level. This semester (2013) at graduate level I am instituting a new practice of having students' longer MA research essays due in week ten in draft form rather than in final form during the over-crowded end of semester period. As a further enhancement their drafts will be exchanged for feedback from a fellow graduate student in the module, before submitting in final form. The aim is threefold: 1. To avoid the last minute heavy workload at the end of the semester; 2. to get the researchers to choose, research, and write about their topic earlier in the semester; and 3. to gain the benefit of reading a fellow graduate student's paper as well as playing the role of constructive critic.

Developing as a Teacher

Within the last four years in two of my large modules (PHIL 10020, 250+ students, and PHIL 20060) I introduced in-lecture-theatre, 50 minute multiple choice question (MCQ) Midterm Exams on primary text readings during the first half of those modules. This was in response to student feedback indicating student pressure with multiple essay assignments across different subjects, especially toward the end of the semester; and to address lack of reading of assigned primary texts throughout. This was a tremendous help in getting students to read primary texts and to reflect on them early in the semester. I have also examined the MCQ statistical report feedback carefully to in order to revise or replace specific questions that had led to poor scores for a majority of students. And I have taken advantage of T&L events available to staff in order to further develop as a teacher, such as attending eLearning eVents (e.g., 15 May 2009 on the use of Save Assignment, Blackboard Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Group Work, etc. ). Reviews of my two books, on Kant and on Sellars, have high praise for the way highly complex ideas are presented in a manner accessible to students.

Innovation & Leadership

I have shown leadership in graduate supervision in our School, with 3 PhDs supervised to completion, and 3 PhDs currently supervised. I have also exhibited leadership in helping to develop new inter-College (e.g., Arts and Science) and Wider Community (e.g., medical practitioners and PhD students) courses. I also played important roles in the College of Human Sciences in the introduction of modularisation in UCD. I am currently Graduate Research Coordinator in Philosophy.