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Visiting Speaker 2023-24

You are warmly invited to the 2023-24 Visiting Speaker Seminars hosted by UCD School of Philosophy. The seminars will take place in D520 Seminar Room, D5 Newman Building, UCD, Belfield on Thursdays from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., starting on 20th September 2023 (times may be revised from time to time so please check carefully). Papers will be circulated in advance.  To register, please contact (opens in a new window)helena.mccann@ucd.ie at least one day in advance of the seminar. The schedule for Spring 2024 is as follows:

Visiting Speaker Seminars, Spring 2024

1 February

Matti Eklund (Uppsala)

”Alien Languages and Alien Metaphysics”

15 February 

Léa Salje (Leeds) 

"How can I know what I think until I see what I paint?"

29 February

Andrew Huddleston (Warwick)

"Nietzsche on Amor Fati"

7 March

Newman Centre Annual Lecture - Dean Zimmerman 

"Causing the Cosmos"

28 March

Mary Edwards (Cardiff)

The Body and ‘Corpological’ Consciousness in Sartre’s Theory of the Self

11 April

Nat Hansen (Reading)

Measuring Conceptual Inflation: The Case of 'Racist'

25 April

Sofia Miguens (Porto)


Visiting Speaker Seminars, Autumn 2023

20 September

Lea Ypi (LSE) Public Lecture [note: Wednesday]

For a Critical Philosophy of History  (opens in a new window)Interview with Professor Maeve Cooke

28 September

Fabricio Pontin (La Salle Canoas)

'Beyond Homelanguage: The Intersection of Expression and the Freedom of Expression in Phenomenology

5 October 

Michael Rosen

The Shadow of God: Kant, Hegel and the Passage from Heaven to History

19 October

Niall Connolly (Sheffield)

The Structure of Non-Existence

2 November

Anne Sophie Meincke (Vienna)

Free Will as a Biological Function

16 November

Kate Kirkpatrick (Oxford)

'The Second Sex: An Axiological Reading'

30 November

Dr Gaven Kerr (St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth)

“Causal Series and the Existence of God”

Past visiting speaker series 2022/23

Date Speaker Topic

2 Feb: 

Anca Meirosu (University of Bucharest) Voluntas and Potentia in  Secretum (Petrarch)

9 Feb:  

Finnur Dellsen (University of Iceland) Abduction: The Glory and Scandal of Philosophy?

16 Feb:  

Jarrett Zigon (University of Virginia). Ethics Beyond the Human

9 March:  

Michael Gill (University of Edinburgh) The Original Internal Ought of W.D. Falk

13 April:  

Christoph Menke (Goethe University Frankfurt) A Theory of Liberation

20 April:  

Sarah Fine (University of Cambridge) Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be: Responding to change and loss'.

4 May:

Newman Centre Annual Lecture Professor Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge) The Present and the Future in the Present: Religion, Values, and Climate Change

Visiting Speaker Seminars, Autumn 2022

Date Speaker Topic

October 20


Simon Kirchin University of Kent ‘Is Drag morally objectionable?’. 

November 3

M  Folescu, University of Missouri/Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (with co-author Tieying Zhou by Zoom) - zoom link for lecture 

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‘Reid and Shepherd on Beauty and the Subjectivity of Taste’

November 10

Carl Sachs, Marymount University,  ‘Using a Myth to Kill a Myth: Cognitive Science and the Myth of the Given’

 Past visiting speaker series 2021-22 

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  

'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

 Spring 2020

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’

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
(opens in a new window)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)
(opens in a new window)Website, (opens in a new window)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. (opens in a new window)'John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times'. Venue: UCD Humanities Institute. (opens in a new window)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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