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Fully Funded PhD Positions - Analytic Value Theory

The Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin invites applications for two PhD studentships in the area of analytic value theory, broadly defined, to include moral, legal or political philosophy. Both studentships include EU tuition fees and a stipend of 20,000 per year and the student is expected to start in September 2020.

One of the studentships is funded through Trinity’s prestigious Grattan fellows programme. The Grattan Scholars programme in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, supports exceptional PhD students who have the potential to become future academic leaders. Scholars are chosen not only for their academic achievements, but also for their commitment to teaching and ambition to understand and improve society through their research and education.

The Grattan Scholars programme, which honours the Irish statesman Henry Grattan, a celebrated graduate of Trinity College, has been established with the generous support of Trinity's alumni and friends.
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The second studentship is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant for a project entitled REAL -Rights and Egalitarianism led by Dr. Adina Preda (Philosophy). The PhD student will be expected to conduct original, high quality research in one or more of the main areas of the project. The grant also offers generous travel funds for all members of the project team, which will include the PI, two postdoctoral fellows and a PhD student.

The project examines and challenges the rift between rights and egalitarian theories of justice, especially telic egalitarian theories. These two areas or concerns are perceived as incompatible with each other in certain ways; the aim of this project is to demonstrate that this is a misconception. The project adopts an analytical approach that blends arguments from legal and political philosophy, normative ethics and axiology in order to provide a novel framework that integrates these two approaches. In particular, the project ultimately aims to offer a deontic (luck) egalitarian account of justice with global reach that can translate into rights. Further information about the project can be found here: View additional project information

Person Specification

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in Philosophy or cognate discipline
Proficiency in English
Excellent writing and communication skills and an analytical approach
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Knowledge of main approaches in moral, legal or political philosophy

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a full CV, including contact details of two academic referees, and a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words to Dr. Adina Preda by February 14, 2020.

Please note that further materials, including transcripts and a writing sample, may be requested from shortlisted candidates.

The successful candidates will then have to submit an application via the website ( which will have to include the following:

Curriculum Vitae

Transcripts of all academic results to date

Copies of degree certificates

Two academic references

Typed research proposal (of approximately 1,500 words)

A writing sample of chapter length


The deadline for applications is 14th February 2020.

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