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PERITIA

PERITIA investigates the conditions under which people trust expertise used for informing public policy

Funded by the EU programme Horizon 2020, the project brings together philosophers, social and natural scientists, policy experts, ethicists, psychologists, media specialists and civil society organisations to conduct a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research.

InFraMinds

Insincerity for Fragmented Minds: Research Project on Insincere Speech, Inner Speech, and Self-Deception

The InFraMinds Project is generously funded by the Icelandic Research Fund and the UCD Ad Astra Programme. The project brings together scientists and research students from more than a dozen institutions to work on fundamental questions about mental and linguistic representation, especially the nature of insincerity, self-directed speech, and self-deception. The project runs from 2020 to 2025.

Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions

NeoplAT: A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th–16th Centuries)

The project offers a fresh and thoroughly documented account of the impact of Pagan Neoplatonism on the Abrahamic traditions. It focuses mainly, but not exclusively, on the Elements of Theology of Proclus (fifth century) which occupies a unique place in the history of thought.

This project radically challenges these conservative narratives both by analysing invaluable, previously ignored resources and by developing an innovative comparative approach that embraces a variety of research methods and disciplines. Specialists in Arabic, Greek and Latin history of ideas, philology, palaeography and lexicography develop an intense interdisciplinary research laboratory investigating the influence of Proclus on the mutual exchanges between the scriptural monotheisms from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries.

European Research Grant (ERC_CoG_771460), 2018–2023, hosted jointly by UCD and the Academy of Sciences Vienna

When Experts Disagree

An interdisciplinary study involving epistemologists, philosophers of science, astrophysicists and environmental scientists

In today’s complex societies many policy decisions depend crucially on expert advice and opinion, but experts can and do disagree, sometimes vehemently, and not all their disagreements seem open to resolution. An immediate question facing policy makers, and in particular those involved in decisions concerning some of the greatest challenges facing humanity, such as environmental policy, is how to react to seemingly “faultless disagreement” among experts, or disagreements where neither side seems to be making any obvious errors, and its sorry corollary, the misrepresentation and misunderstanding of this in the media and civic society.

The current project is interdisciplinary investigation—involving scientists and philosophers—of the ill understood, but socially and politically significant phenomenon of peer disagreement. The ultimate goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the role and consequences of disagreement among scientific experts and its implications for policy decisions by governmental agencies and the formation of public opinion.

Funded by the Irish Research Council New Horizons Award Scheme

American Voice in Philosophy

An interdisciplinary initiative aiming to foreground the literary and historical dimensions of philosophy in America

With four project members based in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, it is our stated aim to broaden the scope of American philosophy from the analytic tradition as narrowly understood to the discipline’s potential affinities with U.S. intellectual history and literary studies.

UCD Dewey Studies Research Project

Devoted to supporting scholarship in Ireland on the work of John Dewey and other philosophers in the American Pragmatic tradition

Resources include hardcopy and electronic access to the collected works, correspondence, and lectures of John Dewey, as well as an extensive collection of titles relating to classical and contemporary Pragmatism.

The UCD Dewey Studies Research Project is hosted by the UCD School of Philosophy and is generously supported by the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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