We're delighted to welcome Dr Paul Giladi to the UCD School of Philosophy as a Teaching & Research Fellow for 2017-18.


New free ebook:  Prof Susan Haack's 2016 Agnes Cuming Lectures are now available as an ebook.


In memorium: Desmond Connell.

The death has taken place on 21 February 2017 of His Eminence Cardinal Desmond Connell, Professor Emeritus of Metaphysics, University College Dublin. Prof Connell lectured in UCD from 1953 to 1988. He was appointed Chair of General Metaphysics in 1972. In 1988 he left UCD to take up the role of Archbishop of Dublin. He was later appointed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. May he rest in peace.




Upcoming events in 2017

See here for the list of visiting speakers this semester.


9 November. Distinguished Lecture in Consciousness & Embodiment by Prof Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen).
Time: 17.00
Venue: A109, Newman Bldg, UCD.

23-25 November.  The Ethics of Vulnerability
An International Conference on the Occasion of Launch of the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life. The conference aims to explore some of the most significant approaches to the condition of vulnerability in relation to the central themes of ethics, politics and injustice. The conference brings together leading international and local scholars from across a range of disciplines who offer new frameworks for conceptualizing the condition of vulnerability as well as the forms of ethical responses that might be developed.

The Centre for Ethics in Public Life aims to provide a dynamic interdisciplinary forum for research and discussion of intellectual and public matters of ethics both practical and philosophical. It engages with debates on a range of ethical issues and fosters practical engagement with non-academic stakeholders both locally and internationally. The Centre examines both practical and theoretical aspects of ethics across the entire range of the discipline from the history of moral philosophy in classical and early modern eras, to conceptual understanding of ethical ideas such as vulnerability, regret, and generosity, as well as ethical issues across a range of disciplines and fields.


Events in 2017

13 January 2017. "Rethinking the Senses" Public Lecture by

Richard Kearney 
(Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College)
 Friday 13th January 2017 at 6pm
Video of talk hosted by UCD International Centre for Newman Studies.

27 January. New Directions in Phenomenology Research Seminar.

28 March. "Aquinas & Joyce on Beauty: A Dialogue at Newman House" Public Lecture by Emeritus Prof Fran O'Rourke (UCD)

31 March - 1 April. Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy 'Physis and Psychê in Ancient Philosophy: Causes, Generation, and Change'

31 March. "On Testimony" Workshop with Prof Lizzie Fricker (Oxford) as part of When Experts Disagree Research Project.

3-5 May. Phenomenology, Empathy, Intersubjectivity. Conference.

10 May. Philosophizing Monotheism - Programme. (Philosophizing Monotheism - Abstracts)

12-13 May. Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference 'Bridging Divides.' Dublin Graduate Conference 2017 Call for Abstracts.

23-25 May. Heidegger on Affect Workshop. (Programme)

29-30 May. 'Expertise and Expert Knowledge. What is it? Where do we find it?' Part of When Experts Disagree Research Project.

6 June. UCD Summer School for secondary school students.  Come to UCD to find out more about studying Philosophy as part of the new Social Sciences Degree.

8-9 June. Regret Workshop.

10 June. UCD Festival

15-16 June. Workshop: "Complicity‌: Ethical and Legal Issues"

  • Supported by the Society for Applied Philosophy, and the UCD Schools of Law and Philosophy.
  • Please see programme and abstracts here.‌

23 June. Anxiety Workshop. Venue: Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, France.

3-4 July. 'Disagreement in Science and Beyond' Workshop. Register to attend HERE.
Part of When Experts Disagree Research Project.

18 July. Empty Names Workshop. Details TBA. Hosted by the Dublin Philosophical Research Network.

31 August - 2 September. Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy: A multidisciplinary conference investigating questions of trust in and the trustworthiness of expert opinion.

19-20 October. 'John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times'
Including 29 speakers with keynote speakers Prof Emerita Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue) and Matthew Festenstein (York).

Hosted by Dewey Studies Research Project (UCD School of Philosophy) and supported by the UCD School of Philosophy, Mind Association, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP), UCD Humanities Institute and UCD Clinton Institute. 

26 October. Book Symposium with Prof Édouard Machery (Pittsburgh).

27 October. Workshop: Evaluating Methods of Inquiry.
In any field of inquiry, researchers must evaluate their methods for reliability and probative value. The rigor of established methods and the innovation of new methods constrain what it is possible to investigate fruitfully. This workshop brings together philosophers investigating the methods of the sciences, of philosophy, and of the philosophy of science.
Programme: Programme Machery Workshop
Poster: Poster Machery Workshop

14 December

Workshop: '‌Frontiers of Phenomenology'

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

To register, please email:



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