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Dr Áine Mahon


Áine Mahon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Education
01 716 7945
University College Dublin, School of Education, Roebuck Offices Belfield Dublin 4


My research expertise lies at the intersection of Philosophy of Education and Philosophy of Literature. I'm particularly interested in the ways in which the ideals of liberal education might be explored through an engagement with poetry, drama, fiction and film. In developing these and related ideas, my work has returned consistently to a cluster of contemporary American philosophers - among them Richard Rorty, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell and Martha Nussbaum. My work is framed also by close readings of contemporary Irish and American fiction; in recent years I have published on the work of Siri Hustvedt, Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Eimear McBride. My first monograph, The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell , was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and I have published widely in a range of international journals in my field (Journal of Philosophy of Education, Philosophy and Literature, Ethics and Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Textual Practice). In addition to my individual research, I work collaboratively with a number of colleagues in Ireland and the UK. With Dr. Amanda Fulford of Leeds Trinity University, I am currently co-authoring a paper on the lecture as a mode of address. With Dr. Fergal McHugh of University College Dublin, I have recently published a paper on the themes of "Lateness" and "The Inhospitable" in the work of Cavell and Don DeLillo. I have developing research interests also in Children's Literature. I currently convene a postgraduate module featuring a diverse array of literary texts from children's picture books to young adult fiction. Building on the emergent themes from the module I have just published a co-authored piece, "Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights " , with my colleague, Elizabeth O'Brien. I am involved also with a number of academic and community networks. As secretary of the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, I take a particular interest in the development of mentoring initiatives for postgraduate and early career women. Following the introduction of Philosophy as a new subject in the Irish curriculum, I have been working also with a number of colleagues from the recently established network, Philosophy Ireland. For more information on our activities, please see In line with this individual and collaborative work, I am interested in supervising Masters and Ph.D. students in any of the following research areas: Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Literature, Ethics and Education, Children's Literature, Philosophy for Children, Philosophy and the Irish School.