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Professor Maeve Cooke with visiting speaker Professor Judith Butler | January 2019

Visiting Speaker Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022

You are warmly invited to the 2021-22 Visiting Speaker Seminars hosted by UCD School of Philosophy. The seminars will take place in D520 Seminar Room, D5 Newman Building, UCD, Belfield approximately five times each trimester on Thursdays  from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., starting on 16th September 2021. (Times may be revised for the Spring Trimester). Papers will be circulated in advance.  To register, please contact helena.mccann@ucd.ie at least one day in advance of the seminar. The schedule is as follows:

Date Speaker Topic

Sept 16

Professor John Divers, Trinity College Dublin ‘Counterfactuals - towards Quinean division and conquest’.


Oct 1

Dr Kian Mintz-Woo, University College Cork  Change from usual

time to 2.00pm

'Policies for long-term problems'  

14 Oct

Professor Michael Brady, University of Glasgow "Suffering and Meaning in Life"

Nov 18

Dr Zachary Hoskins, University of Nottingham ‘'Public Reason and the Justification of Punishment'’  

Nov 25

Hagit Benbaji, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Israel 'To feel or not to feel: a puzzle about negative emotions'

17 Feb

Professor Adrian Moore, Oxford University "Descartes on modality" 

24 Mar

Dr Andrew Stephenson, University of Southampton Kant and Kripke on Knowledge of Necessity: Rethinking the A Priori in German Idealism
31 Mar  Dr Katherine Jenkins, University of Glasgow  Against the Ontology-First Approach to Gender Recognition
14 Apr Dr Luna Dolezal, University of Exeter  The Horizons of Chronic Shame

Past visiting speaker series

Spring 2021

Date Speaker Topic

Jan 21

Professor María Pía Lara, Universidad Autonóma Metropolitana, Mexico City ‘The Feminist Imaginary through the Cinematic Imagination’.

Feb 04

Prof Beate Rössler, University of Amsterdam.   'What does it mean to be human in the digital world?'  

Feb 18

Professor Philipp Rosemann, Maynooth University, Ireland  ‘The Creative Word: Reflections on the Augustinian Episteme’  

March 04

Professor Cressida Heyes, University of Alberta, Canada 'Fast Death, Slow Death: the Biopolitics of Pandemic Temporality'

March 25

Professor Martin Seel, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany ‘Nature, Art and the Landscapes of Human Flourishing’
April 08 Professor Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA 

'The Philosophy of Touch: Recovering our Senses'

April 22 Professor Lois McNay, Oxford University, UK  'The incompatibility of Formalism and Negativism: On Rahel Jaeggi’s Critique of the Forms of Life’ 

Autumn 2020 

Date Speaker Topic
Sept 24 Professor William Scheuerman (Indiana University) ‘Good-Bye to Non-Violence?’
Oct 8 Professor Barbara Vetter (Free University, Berlin) ‘Agency and Modal Knowledge’
Oct 22 Professor Andrea Westlund (Florida State University) 'Telling our Stories'
Nov 12 Professor Karin Nisenbaum (Boston College)

’Fichte's Perfectionist Solution to the 'Paradox' of Kantian Autonomy and the 'Dilemma' of Post-Kantian Autonomy’

Please note the different start time of 4.30pm.

Nov 26 Professor Olivier Massin (University of Neuchâtel) ‘The Nature of Efforts’

Spring 2020






23 Jan 2020

Ainsley Le Sure

Occidental University, USA

Democracy and the Project of Racial Equality

Antoine Athanassiodis

13 Feb 2020 *

Rico Gutschmidt



Transformative Experience in Skepticism

20 Feb 2020

Tereza Matejckova

Charles University

Hegel’s Concept of Personal Difference

5 March 2020

Jens Timmerman

St Andrew’s

Kant’s Conception of Happiness

26 March 2020

Philipp Rosemann

Maynooth University

The Creative Word:
Reflections on the Augustinian Episteme

Matthew Vanderkwaak

9 April 2020

Beate Rössler

University of Amsterdam

On Being Human in a Digital World



23 April 2020

Lois McNay

Oxford University

The Incompatibility of Formalism and Negativism: On Rahel Jaeggi’s Critique of the Forms of Life

Clémence Saintemarie

Autumn 2019




12 Sept 2019

Richard Bourke

 "History and Normativity in Political Theory’

26 Sept 2019

Paul Lodge


10 Oct 2019

Carola Freiin von Villiez


24 Oct 2019

Ursula Renz

“Three Accounts of Laws and Time: or Does Science Need Metaphysics?”

7 Nov 2019

Peter Verovšek

"Public Intellectuals in the Democratic Public Sphere"

21 Nov 2019

Julia Borcherding



Autumn 2018

Date Speaker Topic
13 September Philip Kitcher,
Columbia University
Truth to be Told: Understanding Truth in the Age of Post-Truth Politics
Venue & Time: UCD Humanities Institute, Room H204, 5:30 pm
20 September Tsarina Doyle,
NUI Galway
Nietzsche's Philosophical Naturalism
27–28 September Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Broad,
Monash University
Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop
Venues: NUI Merrion Square (Thursday 27th) and D522 (Friday 28th)
Website, Registration
1 October Keynote Speaker:
Steven Savitt,
University of British Columbia
Time and Time Again: A Workshop on Time
Venue: NUI Merrion Square
4 October Jonathan Tallant,
Nottingham University
There is No Such Thing as Presentism
5 October Jonathan Tallant and Daniel Deasy Masterclass on Timelessness
11 October Tuomas Tahko,
University of Bristol
Special Science Laws and Higher-Level Kinds
25 October Andreas Mogensen,
University of Oxford
Meaning, Medicine, and Merit
9–10 November Invited speakers include:
Sandra Laugier, University of Paris 1; Davis Archard, QUB; Cara Nine, UCC; Heike Felzmann, NUI Galway
Irish Philosophical Society 2018 Annual Conference in collaboration with the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life
Venue and other details: tba
15 November Pauline Kleingeld,
University of Groningen
Kant's 'Republican' Conception of Freedom of the Will
16 November Workshop with Ian Kidd,
Nottingham University
Empathy, Illness and Vulnerability Workshop,
22 November Sam Ben-Meir,
Mercy College, New York
Ethical Interanimality
7–8 December Invited Speakers include:
Gail Weiss, Thiemo Breyer, Tim Mooney, Italo Testa, Ed Casey, Felix Ó Murchadha, Tanya Staehler
Habit and Social Experience

Spring 2018

1 Feb           Lorna Finlayson, University of Essex. "I'm not with stupid": false consciousness stories for a post-Brexit age 

8 February     Emily Thomas, Durham University Travel Writing as Thought Experiments: Science, Francis Bacon, and Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World 

15 February     Tom Rockmore, Peking University. Aspects of Marx's Dream 

22–23 February Agnes Cuming Lecturer: David Charles, Yale. How to avoid the mind body problem: Aristotle's way

1 March      Andreas Mogensen, Oxford University. Should you let one drown to save a greater number through donations? 

7–9 March A Conference on Animal Ethics. The Value of Sentience: Empathy, Vulnerability and Recognition Venue: Ardmore House, UCD 

8–9 March International Conference - Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland

29 March Claudine Tiercelin, College de France. Why pragmatism entails realism 

5 April Anik Waldow, University of Sydney. Locke on Persons as Agents 

12 April      Pauline Kleingeld, University of Groningen. Kant’s ‘republican’ conception of freedom of the will. CANCELLED

19 April      Antonio Nunziante, University of Padova Sellars and the Phenomenological Root of the “Given”: Farber, Husserl and the naturalization of phenomenology 

4–5 May Dublin Graduate Conference 

Autumn 2017

21 September. Prof Stelios Virvidakis, University of Athens. Topic: Living well and Having a Good Life: Interpreting the Distinction

28 September. Dr Irene McMullin, University of Essex. Topic: The Intersubjective Conditions of Normative Agency

12 October. Dr Kenneth Pearce, Trinity College Dublin. Topic: Ideas and Explanation in Early Modern Philosophy

19/20 October. 'John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times'. Venue: UCD Humanities Institute. Registration is essential.

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

26 October. Prof Ruth Sonderegger, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Topic: Who is the subject of aesthetic education? Some remarks on Kant and Schiller

27 October. Workshop with Prof Édouard Machery (Pittsburgh). 'Evaluating Methods of Inquiry'
Programme Machery Workshop
Poster Machery Workshop

9 November. Distinguished Lecture in Consciousness & Embodiment. Prof Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen. Topic: Collective intentionality and plural pre-reflective self-awareness


23 November. Conference: 'The Ethics of Vulnerability'. Launch of UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life
Venue: Ardmore House, UCD

14 December. Workshop: '‌Frontiers of Phenomenology'

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