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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy has been an important part of the Trinity College curriculum since its foundation in 1592. The Department currently consists of seven full– time faculty members , some 20 graduate students and some 200 undergraduate students . The varied research interests of the faculty and graduate students make for a rich and vibrant community .

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  • MPhil Scholarship
    The Philosophy Department is delighted to announce that a €5000 scholarship is available for our new MPhil course starting in September 2016. The award will be given to the best qualified candidate who has been accepted on the programme by June 15th 2016. All applicants are eligible and no special application process is required. For further details contact Prof Paul O'Grady (
  • School participates in Trinity Week 2016 University Challenge
    School of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s Team comes 4th in University Challenge event chaired by Brian Dobson. Participants included Head of School (Prof Gail McElroy), Head of Economics (Prof Francis O’Toole), Head of Philosophy (Prof Paul O’Grady) and Head of Administration (Ms Olive Donnelly) and Economics academic (Prof Paul Scanlon).
  • Professors Richard Layte and William Phelan awarded Fellowship
    Congratulations to Richard Layte (Sociology) and William Phelan (Political Science) who have been elected to Fellowship of the University. Research achievement or scholarship of a high order is the primary qualification for Fellowship.

In The Spotlight


Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy and the Bertrand Russell Society

4-7 June 2015 the Department of Philosophy is delighted to host the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy and the Bertrand Russell Society.

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International Conference on
Autism and the Foundations of Language and Communication

27–29 March 2015 the Department of Philosophy was particularly pleased to host this interdisciplinary conference, organised in conjunction with the School of Psychology and the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, and held in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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Last updated 1 April 2015