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Public Lecture Series

We regularly offer public lecture programmes to enable the public to engage with philosophy, the Department and its work. The Department of Philosophy also hosts the Donnellan Lecture series which dates back to 1794.

Great Philosophers (Michaelmas Term 2021)

Following on from last year’s highly successful course, this course  introduces a further selection of great philosophers who helped form Western civilization. Crucial ideas about the nature of reality, humankind’s place in the world, the good society, human destiny, values and knowledge were articulated and developed by these thinkers. Each lecture is an introduction to the life, work, context and impact of the philosopher in question. The schedule can be found here

Lecturers
The lecturers are drawn from the staff of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

How to apply
Register online

Great Philosophers (Michaelmas Term 2021)
Attendee Name

 

Fee
The cost for the full series is €100. Concession rate (€50) is available to students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.

Date, time and place
There will be eleven lectures beginning on Tuesday 14th September 2021 from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., online via Zoom

Further information
Philosophy Department, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, T: 01 896 1529,
E: Philosophy@tcd.ie, www.tcd.ie/philosophy/events

Slides and Handouts

 

Big Questions in Philosophy (Hilary Term 2022)

Following on from previous highly successful lectures, this course  introduces a further selection of great questions facing humankind. Topics such as, do miracles occur and should philosophers rule the world will be addressed. Each lecture is a stand-alone topic and presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy. The schedule can be found at the following link

Lecturers
The lecturers are drawn from the staff of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

How to apply
Register online:

Big Questions in Philosophy (Hilary Term 2022)
Attendee Name

 

 

Fee
The cost for the full series is €100. Concession rate (€50) is available to students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.

Date, time and place
There will be ten online lectures dates TBC from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Further information
Philosophy Department, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, T: 01 896 1529 (currently we are not in the office to answer calls), E: Philosophy@tcd.ie, www.tcd.ie/philosophy/events

2021 Slides and Handouts

  • 02 February 2021: Do Miracles Occur? (Dr Kenneth Pearce)
  • 09 February 2021: What Is Art? (Dr James Camien McGuiggan)
  • 16 February 2021: What is Truth? (Prof. James Levine)
  • 23 February 2021: What Makes Something A Law of Nature? (Dr Alison Fernandes)
  • 02 March 2021: What is Humour? (Dr Ben White)
  • 09 March 2021: Can We Trust Our Educators? (Prof. Vasilis Politis)
  • 23 March 2021: How Do We Become Good? (Dr Margaret Hampson)
  • 30 March 2021: Are Lies a Threat to Democracy? (Ms Samantha Fazekas)
  • 06 April 2021: Should Philosophers Rule The World? (Dr Brian Carey)
  • 13 April 2021: Is Equality Valuable? (Dr Pietro Intropi)
  • 20 April 2021: Do Objective Moral Values Exist? (Dr Rachel Handley)