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UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL)

  • CEPL brings the academy into the public sphere – thinking about, discussing, and teaching Ethics. There are two strands to what CEPL does: Research and Continuing Professional Development.

UCD Newman Centre for the Study of Religions

  • A Recognised Research Centre of UCD dedicated to the academic study of religions and faith in all their forms. The Centre includes members from across UCD and from other Irish universities whose research concerns aspects of religion and faith. 

Major Research Projects

A selection of current and recently completed interdisciplinary and international research in which the School is involved.



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 Project

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.

Recently Completed

Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions

European Research Grant NeoplAT: A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th centuries) (ERC_CoG_771460) 2018-2023

Hosted jointly by UCD and the Academy of Sciences Vienna

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.

Dr Odile Gilon has joined the team as a part-time Research Scientist (she is holding a part-time position at Université libre de Bruxelles) until the end of the ERC project  (opens in a new window)https://www.neoplat.eu/team/

When Experts Disagree

An interdisciplinary study involving: Epistemologists, philosophers of science, astrophysicists and environmental scientists.

American Voice in Philosophy

With four project members based in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, The American Voice in Philosophy is an interdisciplinary initiative aiming to foreground the literary and historical dimensions of philosophy in America. 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

The UCD Dewey Studies Research Project is 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 (opens in a new window)Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Scholars wishing to consult the resources at UCD should contact the (opens in a new window)School Manager to make arrangements prior to visiting.

UCD School of Philosophy

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