MemberFergal McHugh

Pragmatism, Wittgenstein, and the Virtues: Three Heterodox Approaches to Ethics.

15th September 2015, Newman House, UCD, Dublin


“A Deep Tension Within Pragmatism: Putnam and Price on Truth and Justification”

2nd European Pragmatism Conference.

11th September 2015, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris


“Philosophy and Informality: Reply to Margolis”

“The Reaches of Pragmatism”, Summer Institute in American Philosophy

June 13th 2015, University College Dublin, Ireland


“On Cavell and Don DeLillo”

Philosophy, Literature, America

May 31st 2014, Newman House,UCD, Ireland


“Late style and late philosophy”

Summer Institute in American Philosophy,

July 10th 2013, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


“How to Read Putnam: Argumentative Pluralism as an American Tradition”

SAAP 2013 Conference 40th ANNUAL MEETING,

March 9th 2013, The Richard Stockton …

PhD (Philosophy), University College Dublin
HDip in Computer Science, University College Cork
MA (Philosophy) University College Dublin
BA (English and Philosophy) University College Dublin

I work on themes at the intersection of metaphilosophy, aesthetics and bioethics. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin. I am a member of the American Voice in Philosophy project team.

MemberPeter Ferry

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of Stavanger, Norway. I am currently working on a book project for Routledge on beards and masculinity in American literary history. Previously, I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland (2015-2017). My project focused on the transnational flâneur and masculinity in early American Literature. My PhD thesis (Queen’s University Belfast, 2013) was published as Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction with Routledge in 2015. I have published a range of articles on such topics as New York flâneurs, Freud and masculinity, fatherhood, and the sociological value of studying men and masculinities.

MemberChristian Cooijmans

Chris studied medieval history at Utrecht University, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Edinburgh, and was a recent Postdoctoral Fellow at Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). His current research at the University of Liverpool explores the reach and repercussions of viking activity across the Frankish realm, as well as its subsequent, premodern historiography.

MemberS. Jonathon O'Donnell

I am an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. My research draws on religious studies, political philosophy, and critical theory to interrogate the relationship between contemporary demonology and systems of social prejudice, including queer- and transphobia, antiblackness, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and settler colonialism. My first monograph, entitled Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare, will be published by Fordham University Press on November 3, 2020. The book brings political theology into dialogue with queer, critical race, and decolonial theory to interrogate discourses of “spiritual warfare” in America today. Exploring the interwoven demonologies of Jezebel, the Islamic Antichrist, and Leviathan, it demonstrates the way that systems of sovereign power sustain themselves through the conjuration and domination of demonised others, and how these demonised others unsettle and deconstruct those systems from within. I am currently working on two monograph projects, in addition to adjacent journal articles and essays. The first is an examination of the relationship between contemporary demonology, ethnonationalism, and the climate crisis, exploring how ideas of demons today work to justify interwoven notions of political, social, and environmental ecology. The second is an interrogation of the demon’s relationship to the secular, looking at the post-Romantic transition of the demon from theology to literature and the way this transition exemplifies the relationship between religion and secularity.