20-21 December

Department of Philosophy

Maynooth University, Iontas Seminar Room

Mette Lebech and Robert McNamara

The seminar plans to accomplish a close reading of Stein’s philosophical anthropology over two days. Participants present a section to the group, such that we will have been though the whole work by the end of the seminar. We will work from Robert McNamara’s draft translation of the work into English. Der Aufbau der menschlichen Person is volume 14 in the Edith Stein Gesamtausgabe.


20 December

9.30-10.30: Situating Aufbau  Mariéle Wulf

(Chair: Philipp Rosemann)


10.45-12.30: I-II The Idea of the human being as foundation for the science and work of education – Anthropology as foundation for pedagogics  Frances Hannon

(Chair: Gregory Jackson)




2.00-2.15: Update on the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy article on Stein

2.15-3.30: III-IV The human being as material thing and as organism - The animal – Margaret Sealy

3.45 -4.45: V The problem of the origin of the species - genus, species, individual  Mette Lebech

(Chair: Dermot Moran)


21 December

9.30-10.45: VI The animal in the human being and the specifically human  Martina Galvani

11.15-12.30: VII Soul as form and spirit  Robert McNamara

(Chair: Louise Veling)




2.00-3.15: VIII The social being of the person  James McGuirk

3.30-4.45: IX Transit from a philosophical to a theological perspective on the human being  Jadwiga Guerrero van der Meijden

(Chair: Mariéle Wulf)



Sex, Gender, Race and the Political in the UK and Ireland.
Workshop - Queen's University Belfast - Friday February 15th 2019

SWIP Ireland seeks abstracts of up to 350 words for a one day workshop, which respond to one or more of the questions below:

Have concept, will travel – is feminist philosophy a productive contradiction in terms?  Does feminist theory’s commitment to social change and transdisciplinarity set it at odds with philosophy as an academic discipline, and if so how?  How are feminist and critical race theories working to transform or develop alternative social and political imaginaries in the UK and Ireland?  In what ways are we moving toward a critical-theoretical account of race, sex and gender which embraces everyday experiences?  What philosophical or political understandings of subjectivity, justice and citizenship are currently operative in the UK and Ireland?

Keynote session: Professor Stella Sandford, Kingston University

Please submit your abstract and a short bio by noon, November 16th 2019 to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

There will be one PGR panel - if submitting to this panel please indicate so.  If accepted to this panel, full papers of 3000 words will be required to be submitted by January 11th, 2019.

If you need further information please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.

Key readings:
Sandford, Stella (2018) Race and sex in western philosophy: Another answer to the question “what does it mean to orient oneself in thinking?” Critical Philosophy of Race 6(2) pp 180-197
Sandford, Stella (2015) Contradiction of terms : feminist theory, philosophy and transdisciplinarity. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(5-6), pp. 159-182. ISSN (print) 0263-2764
Sandford, Stella (2011) Sex: a transdisciplinary concept. From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (1). Radical philosophy(165), pp. 23-30. ISSN (print) 0300-211X
Sandford, Stella (1999) Contingent ontologies: sex, gender and 'woman' in Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler. Radical Philosophy, 97, pp. 18-29. ISSN (print) 0300-211X  

Consciousness Raising and the Epistemology of Justice


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Thursday  May 17
10.00-10.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Colin Scott, Vice President for Diversity and Equality (University College Dublin)
Agnes Cuming: The Philosopher Librarian

Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin)
10.30-11.30  Keynote Address I (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Repositioning Feminism: Between Care and Justice
Eileen Brennan (Dublin City University) 
Chair: Áine Mahon (UCD)
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break 
12.00-1.00 Parallel Session 1
Parallel Sessions will be chaired in round robin style. The Last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.
  1A: History of Philosophy (L246)
Curiosity’s Awakening: Women desiring knowledge in the early modern period
Alissa MacMillan (University of Antwerp) 

Hedwig Conrad Martius: Between Faith, Philosophy and Science
Giovanna Caruso (University of Koblenz-Landau)
  1B: Metaphilosophy (L247)
Women, philosophy and patriarchy in the ‘land of democracy'
Stella Andrada Kasdovasili (Central European University): 

Stronger Together: Analytic Feminism and the Community Imperative
Elizabeth Lanphier and Shannon Fyfe, (Vanderbilt University)
  1C: The Role of Women (L247)
How Bracha Ettinger’s reworking of the Levinasian concept of the feminine contributes to a broader account of political community
Noirin MacNamara (Queen's University Belfast)

Women in Chinese Philosophy
Qinghua Zhu (Capital Normal University, Beijing and UCD)
1.00-2.00  Lunch
2.00-3.30  Parallel Session 2
Parallel Sessions will be chaired in round robin style. The Last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.
  2A: History of Philosophy (L246)
Kierkegaard: A call for equality
Siobhan Doyle (UCD)

Women Unboxed: The Myth of Pandora in Plotinus
Panayiota Vassilopoulou (University of Liverpool)
  2B: On Judith Butler  (L247)
Insubordinate Plasticity: Judith Butler and Catherine Malabou
Natalie Helberg (University of Toronto)
The Metaphilosophical Potential of Judith Butler’s Critique of Feminist Identity Politics
Paul Giladi (University College Dublin/Manchester Metropolitan University)  
Parsimonies: Feminine Difference and its Non-Identity towards Resistance and Emancipation in Cixous, Butler, Kristeva and Irigaray
Jack Coopey (University of Durham)
  2C: The Gendered Philosopher   (L248)
Disclosing Intersex: Sex Complementation and Exposing the Invisible Middle
Natalie Delimata (Institute of Technology, Sligo)
Re-Defining the Role of Women qua Mothers: A Biotechnological Vision for the Future of Women in Philosophy
Susan Kennedy (Boston University)
Epistemic Emotions, Self-Esteem, and Being a Woman in Academic Philosophy
Anna Bortolan (University College Dublin)
  2D: Philosophy and Resistance   (L249)
The Importance of Radical Women’s Voices in Philosophy
Melissa Burchard (University of North Carolina)
Catharine MacKinnon’s Thought as Philosophy’
Natalie Nenadic (University of Kentucky)

In(corpor)ated epistemic injustice
Laura Gioscia
 (Universidad de la República Uruguay)
3.30-4.00  Coffee
4.00-5.30  Panel I  (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)  
The Place of Utilitarian Reasoning in Feminist Theory
Molly Brown (The University of Chicago), Ruth Groenhout (University of North Carolina Charlotte), Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)  
5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 2 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre) 
Consciousness Raising and the Epistemology of Justice
Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
7.00 Conference Dinner  (Ardmore House, UCD)
Friday  May 18  
9.00-10.00 Roundtable on Abortion and Women’s Right to Choose (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Convener: Heike Felzmann (University College Galway) 
Participants: Nancy Cartwright (Durham), Clara Fischer (UCD), Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Aislinn O'Donnell (Maynooth) and Audience
10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 3 Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Convener: Heike Felzmann (University College Galway) 
Susan Stebbing: Early Analytic Philosophy and Present-Day Linguistics
Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool)
Chair: Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool)
11.00-11.15 Coffee  

Parallel Session 3 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Parallel sessions will be chaired in round robin style, i.e. the last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.

3A: On Iris Murdoch (L246)

Iris Murdoch and the Epistemic Significance of Love
Cathy Mason (University of Cambridge)

On the Philosophical Friendship of Anscombe, Foot, Murdoch, Midgley and Warnock
Evgenia Mylonaki (University of Athens)

Murdoch’s Heidegger
Andrew Cooper (University College London)

Interpretations of Moral Attention in the work of Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch, and Jan Zwicky
Jacquelyn Maxwell (Queen's University, Canada
3B: On Science and Mathematics (L247)

Hunting Causes and Using Them… In Epidemiology
Katherine Furman (University College Cork)

Equality and Pluralism. How Feminism Has Changed Contemporary Philosophy of Science
Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

On Discovering That He Hates You
Clare Moriarty (Kings College London)

Re-weaving the tapestry of history: Rose Rand and the Vienna Circle
Katarina Mihaljević (University of Groningen)
  3C: History of Philosophy (L248)

Looking for women where there are none
Sara Uckelman (University of Durham)

Nothing Is Simply One Thing: Re-Examining Anne Conway’s Metaphysics of Substance
Julia Borcherding (NYU)

Catharine Trotter Cockburn and Mary Astell on the Possibility of Thinking Matter
Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin)

Overcoming the Divide between Freedom and Nature: Clarisse Coignet on the Metaphysics of the Independent Morality
Jeremy Dunham (University of Durham)
  3D: On De Beauvoir and Continental Thought  (L249)

From Out of the Shadow: Beauvoir’s Influence on Sartre’s Later Existentialism
Mary Edwards (Cardiff University)

De Beauvoir and Cassin: Ambiguity, Translation, and Ethical Politics
Lisa Foran (University of New

Transhuman Gender and Becoming
Alyx Robinson (University of Kent)

The ethics of vulnerability - The social philosophy of Judith Butler
Anna Becker (University of Oldenburg, Institute of philosophy)
1.15-3.00 Lunch and Visit to the Irish Young Philosopher Festival The Festival brings together young philosophers from primary and secondary schools from across Ireland. Finalists will exhibit their philosophy projects and philosophy mind-maps and students are encouraged to discuss their projects with philosophers and the public.  From 1.15-3pm there will be a chance to view projects and discuss them with students the Young Philosopher Awards will be announced between that time. Visit and encouragement of the young philosophers rom SWIPI attendees will be much appreciated.
3.00-5.00 Panel II (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
(In Parenthesis): Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham), Rachael Wiseman (University of Liverpool) and 
Q&A with former Durham undergraduate women students  
(In Parenthesis) studies the collective corpus of Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch.
Poetry performance by Carol Sommer
5.30-6.30 Keynote Address 4 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
What’s with scientific method? What’s with rigour?
Nancy Cartwright (University of Durham & UC San Diego)
Chair: Clare Mac Cumhaill (University of Durham)
6.30 Book Launch and Reception (The Atrium, School of Law, Sutherland School of Law)
Launch of New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), edited by SWIP-I Committee members Clara Fischer and Luna Dolezal (eds). This the first book to emerge from a SWIPI conference. The conference, on the theme of Women's Bodies, was held in 2014 in UCD Newman House and was supported by the Irish Research Council
Saturday May 19
10.00-11.00 Keynote Address 5 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Out of Oblivion: De Staël’s Hermeneutic Philosophy
Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)
Chair: Danielle Petherbridge (UCD)
11.00-11.15 Coffee

Parallel Session 4
Parallel sessions will be chaired in round robin style, i.e. the last speaker will chair the first speaker, etc.

4A: On Arendt (L246)

Agonism and Pluralism: Arendt on Common Sense
Anandita Mukherji (Boston University)

Beyond Empathy? Hannah Arendt on Respect and Belonging
Elisa Magri (UCD)

Forgiveness and Politics: A Comparison Between Arendt and Nussbaum
Diana Gianola (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Feminizing the Public Sphere: The German Salon in Early 19th Century
Anne Pollok (University of South Carolina)
  4B: History of Philosophy (L247)
The Power to Start’: Challenges to the Argument for Mechanical Causation in Émilie Du Châtelet's Fire Essay
Ashton L. Green (University of Notre Dame)

Effeminate Edmund Burke and the Masculine Voice of Mary Wollstonecraft
Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin)

Stebbing and Russell on Bergson: Early Analytics on Continental Thought
Ivory Day (Université 1 Paris Panthéon)

  4C: Topics in Ethics (L248)

Liberating Care Ethics
Jasmine Browne (University of Durham)

Epistemic Injustice: Its Moral Content and its Scope
Ana Barandalla (The Aga Khan University)


Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism in Feminist Epistemology
Valentina Bortolami (University of Padova)



Elizabeth Anscombe’s unacknowledged contribution to 
the fact-value debate in meta-ethics
Jakub Betinsky (University of Durham)
1.15 -2.30 Lunch and SWIP-I Annual General Meeting and Elections
2.30 -3.30 Panel III (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Women Challenging Pure Reason
Lily King (University of South Florida), Ashley Taylor Potts (University of South Florida), Garrett Potts (University of South Florida)
4.00-5.00 Keynote Address 6 (Mason Hayes and Curran Theatre)
Philosophy as a Woman: Reflections on Sophia in The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
Chair: Heike Felzmann (NUIG)
5.00 Close of the conference and visit to an Irish Pub

To register for this event, please follow the Eventbrite link here .                The event is supported by UCD Seed Funding and UCD School of Philosophy


The Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland (SWIP-I) welcome all to a seminar:


Resisting Ableism & Neoliberalism: Concepts and Strategies

Tuesday April 3rd - 5pm

NUI Boardroom, 49 Merrion Square


Is a non-ableist future possible?  In what ways does the global economy bear on some more than others, in a way that makes some lives more grievable while others less grievable, dismembered, disabled, or disposable?  If “ableism is a dismembering phenomenon,” how is it to be resisted in its very specific harms? 

A current account of ableism as it operates – a mapping of its scope and scale – permits speculation about future forms of resistance and possible reversal of its invisibility and permissibility.  The goals of this discussion will be to experiment with philosophical inquiry as a kind of prosthesis, to validate and prioritize the experience of disability as having both moral and epistemic value, and to play with the function of diagnostic thinking independent of its more familiar paternalizing, neoliberal contexts.    

Jennifer Scuro, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of New Rochelle in New York.  She is author of Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Questions via Disability Studies (Lexington Books, 2017) and The Pregnancy ≠ Childbearing Project: A Phenomenology of Miscarriage, a project that is part graphic novel narrative and part philosophical analysis, (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).

If you would like to read some of Prof. Scuro's work in advance of the seminar, please follow the links to:


The seminar is wheelchair accessible through the car park at the rear of the building – please phone (01) 439 24 66 for assistance.


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