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Professor Dermot Moran


Dermot Moran

Full Professor Of Philosophy
School of Philosophy
01 716 8123
University College Dublin, School of Philosophy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I have been Full Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, holding the National University of Ireland Statutory Chair of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) since 1989 until retirement in 2018. I served as Director of the International Centre for Newman Studies, UCD, established by University College Dublin for the Study of the Life, Times and Work of John Henry Newman, 1801-1890, First Rector of UCD. I am an elected Member of the UCD Governing Authority (2014-2018). I am an elected Member of the Institut International de Philosophie (elected 2016) I am an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (elected 2003)I am currently elected President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies/ Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), (2013 to 2018), -- responsible for the organisation of the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, 13-20 August 2018 ( responsible for the administration of the annual International Philosophy of Olympiad essay competition for second level students internationally.-- responsible for liaison with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH).-- responsible for advocating regarding issues affecting philosophy and the FISP member organisations internationally. Visiting ProfessorshipsI have held regular invited Visiting Professorships at universities in the USA, including Yale University (1986-1987), Connecticut College (1992-1993), Rice University (2003-4 and 2006-7), Northwestern University (Spring 2007) and Boston College (Spring 2015). I have also been a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Summer 2010); Sir Walter Murdoch Professor in the School of Humanities Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2012-2015); and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wuhan University (December 2015 and 2016).Honours and AwardsIn September 2016, Prof. Moran was elected a Member of the Institut International de Philosophie. In May 2016, Prof. Moran was a Member of the Scientific Committee and Board of International Advisors for the World Congress: Aristotle 2400 Years, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (23-28 May 2016).On 26 October 2015, in Athens, Prof. Moran was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for his "contribution to the promotion of philosophy in general and with regard to his field of research in particular". Prof. Moran was Distinguished Visiting Professor at LuoJia Forum, Wuhan University, China (2015, 2016). Prof. Moran was the Hans-Georg Gadamer Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Boston College (2015). Prof. Moran was awarded the Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree on the basis of published work by the National University of Ireland. (September 2013). In November 2012 Prof. Moran was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in the Humanities. Prof. Moran was Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2012-2015). Professor Moran served as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, elected for a three-year term (2013-2016). Personal Details and Academic Training I was born in Stillorgan, County Dublin, and educated at Oatlands College Christian Brother Primary and Secondary Schools, Mount Merrion, County Dublin. I completed my Leaving Certificate Examination in June 1970, and was awarded the Easter Week 1916 Commemorative Scholarship by the Department of Education for university study. I also received the Institute of Chemists of Ireland Gold Medal for Chemistry in 1970. I entered University College Dublin on a UCD Entrance Scholarship in Autumn 1970 to read English, French and Philosophy (1970-1973), graduating with a Double First Class Honours BA Degree in English and Philosophy in 1973. I then received the Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Graduate Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy at Yale University Graduate School in Fall 1973. I graduated from Yale with MA (1974) in Philosophy, followed by MPhil in Philosophy (1976) and, finally, the PhD (1986) degree in Philosophy. My dissertation supervisor was Professor Karsten Harries and the other members of my dissertation committee were Professors Louis Dupré and Rulon Wells. My thesis 'Nature and Mind in the Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena' was published by University Microfilms in 1986. A substantially revised version was subsequently published as a monograph by Cambridge University Press as The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena: A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages, in 1989 (reprinted in paperback 2004).While at Yale as a graduate student (from 1974-1978) I regularly served as a Teaching Assistant in Philosophy and also taught a College Seminar on James Joyce at Ezra Stiles College (Fall 1976). I was Teaching Assistant for Professor George Schrader ('Persons, Roles and Social Structures', 1974; and 'Political Philosophy', 1977); Prof. Karsten Harries ('Philosophy of Existence', 1975); Prof. Edward S. Casey ('Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis', 1976); Prof. Harry Frankfurt ('Introduction to Modern Philosophy', 1976) and Prof. Robert S. Brumbaugh ('Ethics of Classical Greece', 'Philosophy of Space and Time', 1978). Professional Career In 1979 I returned to Ireland and was appointed to a full-time Lectureship in the Department of Scholastic Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast (1979-82) working under the late Rev. Professor James J. McEvoy MRIA. I taught courses in Medieval Philosophy, especially Christian Neoplatonism, and Contemporary European Philosophy, especially phenomenology. In Autumn 1982, I became a tenured Lecturer in Philosophy at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, then a Recognized College of the National University of Ireland (1982-1989), now NUIM. Since 1989, I have been Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) at University College Dublin.University AdministrationI play an active role in university administration. I am a member (elected by the Professoriate) of the UCD Governing Authority (2014-2018), having already served one term on the Governing Authority (2009-2013).In March 2012 I was elected a member of the Selection Committee charged with the task of appointing the next President of University College Dublin (2014 -). I served as Head/Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at UCD for three terms between 1989 and 2001. I am a statutory member of the UCD Academic Council.I was a member of the UCD Research Ethics Committee, and I was Chairperson of the UCD Research Ethics Committee Working Group on Regenerative Medicine examining the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of human embryonic stem cells in research.I have served on the UCD University Committee on Honorary Degrees, and the Committee of Professors Involved in Mentoring. I also served on the National University of Ireland Committee on Degrees on Published Work. In Maynooth, I was an elected member of the College Executive Council which reported to the university Trustees.Contribution to the ProfessionI have been a member of the Irish Philosophical Society (IPS) since 1979, and I have served as a member of the Executive, as well as Treasurer (1983-6) and Secretary (1986-9, 1999 - 2001). I have also served as Chairperson of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Philosophy (1992-1995), President of the Mind Association (1996-1997), Vice-President of the Mind Assocation (1997-1998). I am a Member of the American Philosophical Association, the British Society for Phenomenology, the Hegel Society of Great Britain, the Association of Philosophy Journal Editors, the Society for the Promotion of Eriugena Studies (SPES). I am a founder Member of the Kant Society, UK, and Patron and Founding Member of the Eckhart Society (UK). I was elected a Member of the Husserl Circle in 2000. I have been a Fellow of Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology (CARP) and am now, since 2008, a member of the Board of Directors of CARP. In 2003 I was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy.I have a long standing involvement with the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie --FISP). I was elected Member of the Steering Committee (Comité Directeur--CD), Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP) since 2003 (for the period 2003-2008; re-elected for the period 2008-2013). In April 2009, I was elected President of the Programme Committee for the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy scheduled for Athens in 2013. In August 2013 I was elected President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies/ Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), for a five-year period from 2013 and 2018, charged with the organisation of the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy to be held in Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2018. In October 2013 I was elected Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy for a three-year term (2013-2016). Editorships I am Founding Editor (currently Special Issues Editor) of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (founded 1993). Since 2007, I am co-editor with Nicolas de Warren of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series, Springer publishers (2007 - 2017). I have also co-edited special issues of International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Human Studies, Studia Phaenomenologica and Philosophical Explorations.Academic Research Interests My research is primarily situated in three main areas: Contemporary European Philosophy, specifically phenomenology (see my Edmund Husserl's Crisis of European Sciences: An Introduction, Cambridge 2012); The Husserl Dictionary (co-edited with Joseph Cohen, Bloomsbury-Continuum 2012); Edmund Husserl: Founder of Phenomenology, Polity 2005; Introduction to Phenomenology, Routledge 2000; the History of Philosophy, especially the interrelations between analytic and Continental approaches in twentieth-century philosophy (see my Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy, Routledge 2008); and Medieval Philosophy. See my The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena (Cambridge 1989), and, edited with Stephen Gersh, Eriugena, Berkeley, and the Idealist Tradition, (University of Notre Press, 2006). I am particularly interested in the Christian Neoplatonic tradition as well as in the evolution of the idealist tradition. I am currently researching themes in Catholic philosophers such as John Henry Newman and Edith Stein. My current research focuses on specific philosophical problems from a phenomenological perspective, including the understanding of conscious experience, intentionality, perception, lived embodiment, and the understanding of other persons (through empathy or "mind-reading"), intersubjectivity and the constitution of the human person in the surrounding social world. Recent publications include: The Phenomenology of Sociality: Discovering the "We", ed. Dermot Moran & Thomas Szanto (Routledge, 2016) and The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity, ed. Rasmus Thybo Jensen and Dermot Moran (Springer, 2014). Funded Research ProjectsI was Principal Investigator on an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Research award for a project entitled Discovering the "We": The Phenomenology of Sociality (2012-2013). This project explicates and critically evaluates the phenomenological tradition's understanding of sociality, i.e. the manner in which subjects act cooperatively and engage intersubjectively in social relations. Phenomenological accounts of social relations (in Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Max Scheler and Alfred Schutz) offer rich insights that challenge current predominantly analytic discussions of collective intentionality and social ontology. Particular attention will be given to the experience of others in empathy and the ability to execute collective intentions with others in the shared social life-world. I have successfully completed an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Development Initiative (RDI) award for a project on The Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity (2008-2010). This project aimed to construct a considered, robust and reasoned defense of the phenomenological approach against theoretical challenges and criticisms that emerge from contemporary more naturalistic approaches of the mind, consciousness and subjectivity, criticisms that often dismiss phenomenological findings as 'merely' subjective, introspective (hence unreliable) and not amenable to objective assessment or lawful generalization. An informed theoretical clarification of phenomenology will potentially have a significant impact in the human sciences where theoretical concepts clustered around subjectivity, consciousness, and embodied selfhood are regularly deployed. As part of that research project, I have organized a number of workshops and international conferences at the Royal Irish Academy on issues concerning embodiment, subjectivity, intentionality and empathy. I am also interested in exploring the relationships between philosophy and other disciplines, including literature, psychology and the health sciences (e.g. I am currently participating in an interdisciplinary research project seeking to understand the meaning of human well being).I was one of the principal co-investigators together with co-investigators, Dr Lubica Ucník (Murdoch, Australia) and Professor Ivan Chvatík (Prague) in the ARC funded project on Judgement, Responsibility and the Life-world: The Phenomenological Critique of Formalism (2010-2012) focusing primarily on Husserl, Heidegger and Patocka. This international collaborative project investigates the role of responsibility and judgment in knowledge formation. Building on the work of the phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Jan Patocka, the project investigated the limits of formalist approaches to knowledge, arguing that such formalism depends on a problematic separation of knowledge-production from the life-world in which it is necessarily placed. Current Research I am currently working on a monograph on the phenomenology of embodiment. I am also exploring the concept of the person in recent philosophy especially within the phenomenological tradition (Scheler, Husserl, Edith Stein, Karl Jaspers).I continue to research the Christian Neoplatonism of Johannes Scottus Eriugena and his influence in the Christian Medieval tradition.I am also exploring the work of Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler, Edith Stein, and Martin Heidegger on moods, emotions and the affective life. I am currently mentoring five postdoctoral fellowship research projects funded by the Irish Research Council (2016 to 2018).


  • Professor of Philosophy (Chair of Metaphysics & Logic)
    University College Dublin, School of Philosophy, Ireland1 Nov 1989 - 1 Jun 2018
  • Chairperson of Department of Philosophy
    University College Dublin, Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 1989 - 30 Sep 2001
  • Lynette S. Autry Visiting Professor in Philosophy
    Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, United States1 Aug 2003 - 30 Dec 2003
  • ERASMUS Visiting Professor
    Universite de Paris-IV (Sorbonne)30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • ERASMUS Visiting Professor
    Catholic University of Leuven30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Visiting Professor, Philosophy
    Trinity College Dublin30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor
    Connecticut College30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • DAAD Visiting Professor
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    Yale University, Department of Philosophy30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Lecturer
    St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Department of Philosophy,30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Lecturer
    Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Scholastic Philosophy30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Visiting Lecturer
    Yale University30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Teaching Assistant/ Instructor
    Yale University, United States1 Sep 1974 - 31 May 1978
  • Lynette S. Autry Visiting Professor in Philosophy
    Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA1 Jan 2006 - 30 May 2006
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor
    Northwestern University, Philosophy, Evanston, United States1 Jan 2007 - 31 Mar 2007


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    Yale University CT
  • MPhil
    Yale University CT
  • PhD
    Yale University CT
    University College Dublin


  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    Can read and speak
  • French
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Irish
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  • German
    Can read, write and understand
  • Latin
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