Dr Keith Begley

Philosophy

Assistant Lecturer

Arts Building
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Biography

I studied Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in 2009, then returned to TCD a year later and enrolled on the Dublin Graduate Philosophy Programme. I was a Postgraduate Representative, Head Teaching Assistant, and TA Representative in the Department of Philosophy. My Ph.D. thesis focused on opposites and had two parts, the first was about the Unity of Opposites in Heraclitus, and the second was about antonymy in philosophy of language and linguistics, and especially the work of Jerrold J. Katz. I graduated in 2016, and continued working as a philosophy TA and as a research assistant for the MAMMI study in the School of Nursing and Midwifery (2015–17). I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy during the 2017–20 academic years, and I designed and coordinated the inaugural year of the ‘History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science’ core modules for undergraduate science students. In 2021, I graduated with a Higher Diploma in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and I was a Demonstrator in the School of Computer Science during the 2021–22 academic year. In 2022, I graduated with an M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCD, before joining the Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University, as an Assistant Lecturer. 

Research Interests

Philosophy of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence; Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (esp. Jerrold J. Katz); Presocratic Studies (esp. Heraclitus); Digital Humanities (Computational Philology).

PhilPeople: https://philpeople.org/profiles/keith-begley
ORCID: https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0003-1448-4344
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Keith-Begley

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 'Knowing Opposites and Formalising Antonymy'
Keith Begley (2022) 'Knowing Opposites and Formalising Antonymy'. Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, 59 (2):85-101 [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Shared decision-making and maternity care in the deep learning age: Acknowledging and overcoming inherited defeaters'
Keith Begley and Cecily Begley and Valerie Smith (2021) 'Shared decision-making and maternity care in the deep learning age: Acknowledging and overcoming inherited defeaters'. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 27 (3):497-503 [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Heraclitus against the Naïve Paratactic Metaphysics of Mere Things'
Keith Begley (2021) 'Heraclitus against the Naïve Paratactic Metaphysics of Mere Things'. Ancient Philosophy Today: DIALOGOI, 3 (1):74-97 [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Heraclitus' Rebuke of Polymathy: A Core Element in the Reflectiveness of His Thought'
Keith Begley (2020) 'Heraclitus' Rebuke of Polymathy: A Core Element in the Reflectiveness of His Thought'. History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis, 23 (1):21-50 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Shared decision-making in maternity care: Acknowledging and overcoming epistemic defeaters'
Keith Begley and Deirdre Daly and Sunita Panda and Cecily Begley (2019) 'Shared decision-making in maternity care: Acknowledging and overcoming epistemic defeaters'. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Atomism and Semantics in the Philosophy of Jerrold Katz'
Keith Begley (2021) 'Atomism and Semantics in the Philosophy of Jerrold Katz' In: U. Zilioli (eds). Atomism in Philosophy: A History from Antiquity to the Present. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]
2018 'oldthinkful duckspeak refs opposites rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling'
Keith Begley (2018) 'oldthinkful duckspeak refs opposites rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling' In: E. Di Nucci and‎ S. Storrie (eds). 1984 and Philosophy: Is Resistance Futile?. Chicago: Open Court. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2022 Polymathy and Parataxis in Heraclitus and Plato.
Keith Begley (2022) Polymathy and Parataxis in Heraclitus and Plato. [Oral Presentation], International Association for Presocratic Studies, seventh biennial conference, Delphi, Greece [Details]
2018 A computational investigation into the palindromic patterns in Heraclitus.
Keith Begley (2018) A computational investigation into the palindromic patterns in Heraclitus. [Plenary Lecture], International Association for Presocratic Studies, sixth biennial conference, Delphi, Greece [Details]
2018 Response to Schoonen.
Keith Begley (2018) Response to Schoonen. [Invited Oral Presentation], Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference, The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2017 How not to conceive of Heraclitean psychology.
Keith Begley (2017) How not to conceive of Heraclitean psychology. [Plenary Lecture], First Dublin Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy, NUI Headquarters, Merrion Square, Dublin [Details]
2016 Some Solutions to Roman Dilcher's Three Problems regarding the Unity of Opposites, and the Misunderstanding of Markedness in Heraclitus.
Keith Begley (2016) Some Solutions to Roman Dilcher's Three Problems regarding the Unity of Opposites, and the Misunderstanding of Markedness in Heraclitus. [Plenary Lecture], International Association for Presocratic Studies, fifth biennial conference, University of Texas at Austin, Texas [Details]
2014 What is this thing called Duality?.
Keith Begley (2014) What is this thing called Duality?. [Plenary Lecture], Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference, The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2021 The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, by V. Politis.
Keith Begley (2021) The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, by V. Politis. Book Review [Details]
2021 Plato's Essentialism: Reinterpreting the Theory of Forms, by V. Politis.
Keith Begley (2021) Plato's Essentialism: Reinterpreting the Theory of Forms, by V. Politis. Book Review [Details]
2020 Heraclitus. The Inception of Occidental Thinking and Logic: Heraclitus's Doctrine of the Logos, by M. Heidegger. J. G. Assaiante and S. M. Ewegen (trans.).
Keith Begley (2020) Heraclitus. The Inception of Occidental Thinking and Logic: Heraclitus's Doctrine of the Logos, by M. Heidegger. J. G. Assaiante and S. M. Ewegen (trans.). Book Review [Details]
2019 Essays on Linguistic Realism, by C. Behme & M. Neef (eds.).
Keith Begley (2019) Essays on Linguistic Realism, by C. Behme & M. Neef (eds.). Book Review [Details]
2018 Heraclitus and Thales’ Conceptual Scheme: a Historical Study, by A. Finkelberg.
Keith Begley (2018) Heraclitus and Thales’ Conceptual Scheme: a Historical Study, by A. Finkelberg. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2021 The only constant is… misunderstanding of Heraclitus.
Keith Begley (2021) The only constant is… misunderstanding of Heraclitus. Blog [Details]

Reviews

  Journal Role
Ai And Society Referee
Archiv Für Geschichte Der Philosophie Referee
Axiomathes Referee
Plos One Referee
Review Of Metaphysics Referee

Other Activities

  Description

Editor of the 'Pre-Socratic Philosophy' and 'Heraclitus' sub-categories for PhilPapers.

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Dermot McAleese Teaching Award School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.
2016 Vice-President (Hon.) Dublin University Metaphysical Society

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Association for Presocratic Studies Member 20-JUN-16 /