DPRN Empty Names workshop with Corine Besson and Anthony Everett

18 July 2017

The Dublin Philosophy Research Network will hold a one day workshop on the topic of empty names.

External speakers:

Cross-Ireland Studies in Analytic Philosophy

22–23 March 2017
Queen’s University Belfast

The Dublin Philosophy Research Network and Queen’s University Belfast will hold a joint workshop to showcase work in analytic philosophy and develop links between philosophers in Dublin and Belfast.


This event is funded by the Mind Association and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

First Dublin Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy (UCD/TCD)

Call for papers

We invite papers, from both graduate students and early stage researchers (3 years after completion of PhD), to be submitted to the first Dublin Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy on the topic:

Physis and Psychê in Ancient Philosophy: Causes, Generation, and Change”.

Due to the thematic nature of the conference, we welcome contributions on any topic in Ancient Philosophy, from the Presocratics to Late-Antiquity, that fits the theme (see suggested topics below). The Graduate Conference will be held in Dublin (precise venue TBA) from 31st March to 1st April 2017.

Thematic Description: In the ancient world natural philosophy had for its subject matter the domain of Physis, which came to encompass a broad range of states and phenomena. Included within the scope of natural philosophy were topics such as physical motion, elemental composition, and meteorology. Natural things are defined, or at least spoken of, as things that undergo generation and corruption, as well as other changes, whether it be locomotive, qualitative, or quantitative change. Ancient natural science also included issues that some of us would be reluctant to classify under that heading such as animal locomotion or the problem of free-will. In the light of the wide and variegated scope of natural philosophy, one might wonder how to properly define the domain of Physis.

From at least the fifth century BC onward, psychology, or the study of the soul and its functions, came to be included in natural philosophy. ‘Psychê’ comes standardly to indicate that which sets living beings apart from other thing that undergo change. It stands in for the locus of vital functions such as nutrition and digestion as well as of perception, emotions, desire, and cognition. From the mature Plato onwards, in particular, the idea that the soul is mainly conceived of as a principle of self-motion becomes prominent.

Possible paper topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Conceptions and Definitions of Physis in Ancient Philosophy;
  • Motion and Change and conceptions thereof;
  • The Soul as Self-Mover and/or Moving Principle;
  • Immortality of the Soul;
  • Questions of Free-will and Responsibility connected with Soul and Nature;
  • Doctrines of Causality in Antiquity.

Paper Details: 7–8 submissions will be selected for presentation. Papers should be in English and approximately 30 minutes long. All talks will then be followed by a 15 minute comment by an invited respondent.

Keynote speakers:

  • Ursula Coope (Corpus Christi, University of Oxford)
  • Diana Quarantotto (Sapienza University, Rome)

Submission Guidelines: Please submit abstracts prepared for blind review as email attachments to Abstracts should be submitted in PDF or Word document format and should not exceed 500 words. Please write ‘Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email and include in the body of your email your name, departmental affiliation, email address, and the title of your paper (as well as the year in which the PhD was awarded in the case of early career researchers).

Deadline: The submission deadline is Friday 13th January 2017, 8pm (GMT). Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 27th January and will be asked to submit the final draft of their papers by Friday 17th March.

Sponsors: The conference is held under the auspices of the following institutions: The School of Philosophy, University College Dublin; The Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin; The Trinity Plato Centre; The Dublin Philosophy Research Network.

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Workshop on Relativism

  • 20 October 2016, 2:00-6:00pm
  • TRISS Seminar Room 6th Floor Arts Building


  • Martin Kusch (Vienna) “Peer Disagreement, Certainties, Relativism”
  • Paul O’Grady (TCD) “Wittgenstein and Relativism of Distance”
  • Maria Baghramian (UCD) “Relativism: Disagreement or Difference”

DPRN Philosophy of Language Workshop with Professor Dilip Ninan (Tufts University)

  • 23–24 May 2016
  • Henry Jones Room, Trinity College, Dublin

The Dublin Philosophy Research Network will host a workshop with Professor Dilip Ninan (Tufts). Professor Ninan’s talk will be based on his ‘What is the problem of de se attitudes?’ (PDF). Please contact Dr Daniel Deasy or Professor James Levine for more information. All welcome. The programme is available here: DPRN Workshop Programme (PDF).

Masterclass on Berkeley’s Argument for Idealism with Prof. Samuel Rickless (UCSD)

  • 24 March 2016
  • Trinity College, Dublin

“Trinity College, Dublin are pleased to announce a Masterclass on ‘Berkeley’s Argument for Idealism’ with Prof. Samuel Rickless (UCSD). The Masterclass will take place on 24th March 2016, in the TRISS Seminar Room (6th Floor, Arts Building), 10.00 – 12 noon. The Masterclass will focus on Prof. Rickless’ recent book ‘Berkeley’s Argument for Idealism’ (2014, OUP). Attendance is free, but places are limited. Please e-mail jamiller[at] to reserve a place. Readings taken from Prof. Rickless’ book will be circulated to the list of attendees prior to the event.”