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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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  • School of Social Sciences and Philosophy students win Student Blog Competition
    Congratulations to Alexandra Trant (PPES), Annabel Pidgeon (PPES) and Philip Callan (BESS) who were awarded first, second and third place respectively in Trinity’s first Careers Advisory Service student blog competition.
  • Trinity Philosopher in Italian News
    The largest circulation newspaper in Italy, the Corriere Della Sera, ran a full page article on recent approaches to Thomas Aquinas. The author contrasted more traditional confessional approaches to the philosopher with what was described as liberal and 'freelance' approaches by secular philosophers, highlighting the recent book by Paul O'Grady, Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion. Approaches which are more historical were contrasted with those which treat the philosopher as as an interlocutor in contemporary debates, especially debates in analytical philosophy involving Frege, Wittgenstein and Quine. Prof Paul O'Grady is Head of the Dept of Philosophy and Programme Director of the new MPhil in Philosophy.
  • Armenian, Austrian and Irish Students Awarded Grattan PhD Scholarships
    The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy recently awarded three prestigious Grattan Scholarships which support exceptional PhD students who are committed to understanding and improving society through their research, teaching and education.

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