Dermot MoranPrincipal Investigator
Professor Dermot Moran

Affiliation: University College Dublin

Dermot Moran is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena: A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages (Cambridge 1989; reissued paperback 1994), Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge 2000), Edmund Husserl. Founder of Phenomenology (Polity 2005), and Edmund Husserl and the Crisis of the European Sciences. An Introduction (Cambridge 2012). He is co-author with Joseph Cohen of The Husserl Dictionary (Continuum 2011), co-editor with Lester Embree of Phenomenology Critical Concepts (2004), co-editor with Tim Mooney of The Phenomenology Reader (Routledge 2002) and editor of The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy (2008). He has also edited Husserl’s Logical Investigations, 2 vols. (Routledge 2001), The Shorter Logical Investigations. He is Founding Editor of The International Journal of Philosophical Studies.

Mahon O'Brien Teaching Fellow
Dr. Mahon O’Brien

Affiliation: University College Dublin
Research: Mahon O’Brien is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. Dr O’Brien received his PhD from Boston University in 2010 with a thesis on authenticity in Heidegger. He has previously worked as a lecturer at Boston University and Suffolk University, Boston, and has held research posts at Boston University, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. Dr O’Brien is the author of 1 monograph, Heidegger and Authenticity: From Resoluteness to Releasement (London & New York: Continuum, 2011). Dr O’Brien’s current research project offers a new approach to the Heidegger Controversy and, in particular, examines the notion of an authentic historical community in Heidegger’s thought.

Luna DolezalIRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy
Dr Luna Dolezal

Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin
Luna Dolezal is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin. She was previously the IJPS Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland. Her research is primarily in the areas of phenomenology, existentialism, embodiment theory and feminist philosophy. Her current research explores the notion of the ‘malleable body’ under biomedical paradigms and practices. She has published articles in academic journals such as Hypatia, Body and Society and Human Technology. She is currently completing a monograph entitled The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2014).

Danielle PetherbridgeIrish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy
Dr Danielle Petherbridge
Affiliation: University College Dublin
Dr Danielle Petherbridge is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at University College Dublin. Her current research project, entitled Intersubjectivity, Power and Critique: Axel Honneth and the Project of Critical Theory studies the problem of intersubjectivity, particularly contrasting social-philosophical and phenomenological approaches and involves a book-length project on the social philosopher Axel Honneth specifically focusing on the problems of recognition, power, critique, and the intersubjective paradigm in Critical Theory. Most recently, she has held an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences New Ideas Grant to work on the topic of Encountering the Other: Philosophical Perspectives on Recognition with Dr. Luna Dolezal and Dr. Tim Mooney at University College Dublin. Her publications include The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth (Lexington Books, forthcoming); Axel Honneth: Critical Essays (2011); co-editor of Recognition, Work, Politics: New Perspectives in French Critical Theory (2007); and Contemporary Perspectives in Critical and Social Philosophy (2004). Dr Petherbridge is also co-ordinating editor of the journal Critical Horizons. Her research interests include Social and Political Philosophy, German Idealism, Phenomenology, Contemporary French Philosophy, Critical Theory.

Thoman SzantoIRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Thomas Szanto
Affiliation: University College Dublin
Thomas Szanto (PhD, University of Vienna) is an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin. He was previously Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Vienna (2008-2012) and the University of Klagenfurt (2010-2012), and Teaching Fellow at the University of Graz (2006-2007). He held research positions at the University of Vienna (2009-2010), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2005-2007) and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (2005-2006). He is the author of the monograph Bewusstsein, Intentionalität und Mentale Repräsentation. Husserl und die Analytische Philosophie des Geistes (Berlin: DeGruyter 2012) and several papers on phenomenology, philosophy of mind and social ontology.

Dylan TriggIRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy
Dr Dylan Trigg
Affiliation: University College Dublin
Dylan Trigg is an IRCHSS post-doctoral research fellow in Philosophy at UCD, Dublin, working on a project entitled "Merleau-Ponty and the Prehistory of the Subject." He has previously held a CNRS/Volkswagen Stiftung post-doctoral position  at Les Archives Husserl, École Normale Supérieure and The Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée, Paris. He received his PhD from the University of Sussex with a thesis on the materiality of memory. His research includes: phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Bachelard, Husserl, and Heidegger); the phenomenology of place (especially spatial phobias, memory and materiality, and the aesthetics of space); psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan); and various aspects of bodily existence (intersubjectivity, identity, and affectivity). Dr Trigg is the author of three books:Body Parts (Paris: 3AM Press, 2012); The Memory of Place: a Phenomenology of the Uncanny (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012); and The Aesthetics of Decay: Nothingness, Nostalgia and the Absence of Reason (New York: Peter Lang, 2006).He is currently completing a monograph entitled The World of Phobia: a Phenomenological Study.

Tim BurnsPhD graduate student
Tim Burns
Affiliation: University College Dublin
Tim Burns is from Los Angeles, California. He is a Ph.D. candidate at University College Dublin and holds a Master’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University. Tim was a Teaching Fellow at Loyola Marymount University and has taught Critical Thinking, Symbolic Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Human Nature at various colleges in Southern California. His areas of interest include phenomenology of the person, phenomenology of the body, phenomenology of sociality and interpersonal understanding, social cognition, and hermeneutics. Under the supervision of Dermot Moran, he is currently working on his dissertation entitled Understanding Others: Persons, Empathy, and Interpersonal Understanding in Husserl, Stein, and Scheler.

Anita WilliamsResearch Collaborator
Dr Anita Williams
Affiliation: Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Anita Williams is a Lecturer in Psychology at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. Her main research interest is in the relationship between natural science, phenomenology and psychology. She completed her PhD in 2010. Her thesis focused upon the way in which natural science, phenomenology and qualitative methods inform understandings of the social world within social psychology. In particular, she explored Harold Garfinkel’s – who is the founder of ethnomethodology – appropriation of Edmund Husserl’s concept of life-world. Her current research adopts phenomenology to scrutinize the historical foundations of brain imaging technologies and brain-based accounts of social action and intersubjectivity..

Alessandro SaliceVisiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Alessandro Salice
Affiliation: University College Dublin
Alessandro Salice is Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Vienna. In previous years he taught and worked as Research Assistant at the University of Basel (2010-2011) and at the University of Graz (2007-2011). He also taught at Moscow’s Russian State University for the Humanities (2010) as Visiting Professor. His main research interests regard phenomenology and social ontology. On these topics he has published several works. Some of the most recent are: Urteile und Sachverhalte. Ein Vergleich zwischen Alexius Meinong und Adolf Reinach (Philosophia, 2009), La visione delle idee. Il metodo del realismo fenomenologico (with S. Besoli, Quodlibet, 2008), Intentionality (editor, Philosophia, 2012). He is currently co-editing a special issue (with Dr. Luca Tummolini) on “Social Facts: Metaphysical and Empirical Perspectives” that will appear in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Alessandro SaliceVisiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Genki Uemura
Affiliation: JSPS/Rissho University, Tokyo

Genki Uemura is JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Rissho University (Tokyo). He was previously JSPS Doctoral Fellow at Keio University (2006-2009), Visiting Researcher at the Husserl Archives Leuven (2011-2012). His main research interests include phenomenology (especially, Husserl and the early phenomenological tradition) and metaphysics. Currently he is working on the three-year research project on the problem of idealism/realism in the early phenomenology.