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“The so-called era of ‘post-truth’ should not be equated with scepticism but with what Harry Frankfurt calls ‘bullshitting’”

PEriTiA brings together philosophers, social and natural scientists, policy experts, ethicists, psychologists, media specialists and civil society organisations to conduct a comprehensive multi-disciplinary investigation of trust in and the trustworthiness of policy related expert opinion.

Maria Baghramian, Professor of American Philosophy at the University College Dublin, is Project Leader and Coordinator of PEriTiA (Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action), an EU-funded research programme exploring the conditions under which people trust expertise used for shaping public policy. In this interview, she presents the rationale behind the project and argues for a re-examination of the role of experts in democratic governance.

Ad Astra PhD Fully Funded Scholarship School of Philosophy

Fully Funded PhD Position in Philosophy of Language and Mind

The School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, is seeking to recruit a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Language and Mind, starting in September 2020.

- PhD student stipend of €18k per year.
- €4k per year in research allowance
- Student fees are waived.
- Three years full time.
- Both EU and non-EU students are eligible.

The student will work under the supervision of Dr Elmar Unnsteinsson, who is currently Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at University College Dublin. The student’s proposed project and research interests should match Unnsteinsson’s own areas of specialization. Any proposal in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind is eligible and will be considered. The student will be proactive in proposing and organizing events (masterclasses, workshops, invited speakers, etc.) relevant to their topic of interest, using the generous research allowance.

Irish Young Philosopher Awards | Value in Action 2019 Awardees

UCD Values in Action Awards
Also initiated in 2018 by the Employee Engagement Network, the UCD VIA (Values in Action) Awards recognise colleagues who bring the University’s values to life. Nominations are made by colleagues across UCD and six awards are presented annually

The awards celebrate individuals or teams/committees who;

act as ambassadors for the UCD Values through their daily work,
establish initiatives that bring the UCD Values to life,
volunteer within the UCD Community demonstrating the University Values in action.
The awards are open to all employees of UCD (full-time, part-time, permanent or temporary) who have worked in UCD for at least 2 years at the time of the nomination. They may be nominated by any member of the UCD community (employees, students, those working on campus or alumni).

Charles Tipple Philosophy Essay Prize 2018/19

This year, the UCD School of Philosophy Stage 1 Essay Prize – which aims to promote and support the excellent work done by our Stage 1 philosophy students - has been permanently renamed the Charles Tipple Philosophy Essay Prize, in memory of philosophy student and scholar Charles Tipple, who very sadly passed away earlier this year. 


Certificates and prizes were awarded to the winners of the 2018/19 Tipple Prize on Friday 25 October 2019. The winners were (click on the title to read the essay):


First Prize: Cathy Darling, for ''The Moral Duty to Reject Nozick's Entitlement Theory and Advocate for Distributive Justice.pdf"

Runner-up: Mahrukh Abbasi, for 'Moving vs. Persuading a Racist.pdf'

Runner-up: Lorcan Kelly, for 'A Critique of Moody-Adams' Conception of Forgiveness as Unilateral.pdf'


The 2019/20 Tipple Prize is now open until 30 September 2020. Entrants must have registered for at least one UCD Stage 1 Philosophy module in the year 2019/20. Essays must be: no longer than 1,500 words inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of bibliography; on a philosophical topic; and submitted in word format to

'Criminal Ignorance': a one-day symposium in law and philosophy on a recent book by Alexander Sarch, Criminally Ignorant; Why the Law Pretends We Know What We Don't (Oxford 2019).

Date: Thursday 21 November, 9am - 5pm

For programme and further details, please see the symposium website:

Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and Law Research Fund, the Centre for Ethics in Public Life, and the Trinity College Dublin School of Law.



School of Philosophy welcomes Fulbright Scholar 2019

The School of Philosophy is delighted to welcome, Fulbright Scholar, Alexandra Corcoran from Haverford University, Pennsylvania.

School of Philosophy welcomes Mitchell Scholar in 2019

The School of Philosophy is delighted to welcome a Mitchell Scholar, Annabelle Barry, from Princeton University

We are Hiring - Teaching Fellow in Ethics, UCD School of Philosophy (Temporary, Specified Purpose)

The School of Philosophy at University College Dublin seeks to appoint a temporary teaching fellow in Ethics. The duration of the appointment estimated to be 36 months, commencing September 1, 2019. The appointee will be expected to deliver lectures in ethics, theoretical and applied, and to contribute to the teaching of the School’s multi-disciplinary Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) undergraduate programme.

Assoc Prof Dragos Calma - Philosophy at the Crossroads of Civilisations

Mention Greek philosophy and one thinks of Plato and Aristotle but what about Proclus? Newly-appointed Associate Professor at UCD School of Philosophy Dragos Calma hopes to make this 5th century thinker if not a household name then at least better appreciated by the modern academy.

Proclus (412-485) was the victim of one of philosophy’s great misattributions – his work was passed off for several centuries as belonging to Aristotle. This creative mix-up is part of an intriguing story surrounding one of the last great custodians of ‘the School of Athens’. It’s a story of how a pagan text, reworked by Muslims, ended up being used in the Catholic Church to explain Christian doctrine.

The UCD School of Philosophy invites you to an international workshop on Habit and Social Experience.

The workshop will be held on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8, 2018.
Venue is the UCD Sutherland School of Law, William Fry Theatre (Room L143).
For booking details, see link above.

Brian O’Connor- Podcast interviews.

Podcast interviews on his book Idleness: A Philosophical Essay (Princeton UP, 2018)

Truth to be Told: Understanding Truth in the Age of Post-Truth Politics

‘Truth to be Told’ is a UCD Humanities Institute public lecture series in response to the emergence of what is called a ‘post-factual’ world in which trustworthy models of discursive truth have been derided as old-fashioned, elitist and authoritarian.

Conference Medical Ethics and Law at the End of Life

This is an international, inter-disciplinary conference bringing together different viewpoints on ethical, philosophical and legal issues arising at the end of human life (both the adult’s life and the child’s life).

Recruiting for one fully funded PhD supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dragos Calma in his ERC project NeoplAT

Dr Dragos Calma, Associate Professor at University College Dublin, School of Philosophy, is recruiting one PhD student for his European Research Council Consolidator Grant entitled Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions. A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th Centuries).

Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College Cambridge), a recipient of ERC Consolidator Grant, joins UCD School of Philosophy

UCD School of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College Cambridge), a recipient of a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for the project Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions, is joining the School as an Associate Professor in History of Medieval Philosophy.

Irish Philosophical Society Annual Conference

November 8-10th in UCD, in association with UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life.
Topic is "Themes from Ethics"
To book a place, click on the above link to the Conference Programme.

Workshop on Empathy, Vulnerability and Illness

Nov 16th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. D522 Newman
Workshop co-sponored by UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL) and Universitas 21 Exchange between UCD and Nottingham University
Speakers: Ian Kidd (Nottingham), Danielle Petherbridge (UCD), Elisa Magri (UCD), Rowland Stout (UCD)





Events in 2018

See here for the list of visiting speakers this semester.

23 April 2018

President of FISP Prof. Dermot Moran visit to Nankai University

27 April 2018

Husserl Memorial Lecture 2018

17-19 May 2018

SWIP Ireland Annual Conference 

 21 May 2018

Workshop on Language, Reference and Meaning with Professor Stephen Yablo, MIT


June 6-9 2018 Three Day Multidisciplinary Conference "The Inhuman Gaze" to be held in Paris, France

The Inhuman Gaze


June 15-16 2018 Workshop 'The Relationship betweeen Aristotle's Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics'

Provisional Programme Aristotle's Ethics details and Aristotle's Ethics Conference Poster

September 27 & 28 2018 Agency in Early Modern Philosophy



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