The programme will provide the students with a professional training in academic research in Philosophy, and thus enables them to contribute to national and international scholarship and to interdisciplinary co-operation. The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to work independently under the supervision of members of staff who will provide detailed feedback and advice on the achieved works. The Department of Philosophy wishes to provide a high quality research experience and output, with integrated taught support for all students enrolled on the structured PhD programme. As part of this process, students on this programme will have acquired the philosophical methods that enable them to pursue studies and research independently according to their personal interests in the field. They will also be able to engage at an appropriate level with other professional scholars.
Research applications are generally accepted at any time
September (or other agreed time)
Candidates for research degrees will normally be expected to have a Second Class Honours Grade 1 primary degree in Philosophy, or a Second Class Honours MA degree with some qualification in philosophy.Language Requirements:
Research students are expected to have some knowledge of the language of the author or authors, whose work they intend to research. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.
Philosophy of God.
Philosophy of Science.
Ireland’s medieval philosophical heritage.
Current Projects – A first edition of the Commentary on the Sentences of Richard FitzRalph, (‘Armachanus’, 1300–1360), Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1332–34) Archbishop of Armagh (1347–60).
Renaissance Philosophy. This includes the reception of classical and scholastic philosophies in the Renaissance and Early Modern era, and mainly, the complex relations between scholastic and humanist thinkers on many different moral, psychological, metaphysical, theological, political, and scientific issues, roughly between the 14–16 centuries, in the Italian peninsula. More specifically, he is interested in the philosophical achievements attached to Florence during the 15thcentury, and in the different Florentine representatives of the late scholastic schools (such as the Thomists, the Scotists, the Augustinians, or the Mertonists), as well as in the humanists and their fresh interest in Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophical schools, and in the Neoplatonists. Since many of the sources we have are still unedited and in manuscript form, paleography and philology are necessary instruments in this reconstruction of 15th century Florentine philosophical discourse. He is thus also interested in matters of language and style, Greek, Latinity, Neo-Latin, and translation, and the relation between all these matters and the philosophical issues. Current project – A book entitled Pico and the Scholastics, focusing on the way in which different scholastic philosophers reacted to Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463–1494), and the influence of scholastic philosophy on the young humanist thinker as a case study for the reception of scholastic philosophy in late 15th century Florence.
Philosophy and phenomenology of religion.
Analysis of tolerance.
Interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
Nicholas of Cusa.
Philosophy of Human Dignity.
Philosophy of Edith Stein.
Phenomenology of Values and Valuation.
Doctoral Thesis: ‘Heidegger’s Recovery of ‘the Being-Question’ in Phenomenology and Phenomenological Research’ (Nov. 2004).
The development of both ‘hermeneutic’ and ‘scientific’ strands in the unfolding of late nineteenth and early twentieth century phenomenology (especially, Brentano, Dilthey, Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas).
Philosophy of Religion after Kant (especially, Kant, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Levinas and Henry).
Special Ethics (in particular the topics of: law and morality; the concept and justification of punishment; the history and concept of rights).
Logic and Epistemology.
Philosophy of Education.
Carmelite Scholasticism (specifically Gerardus Bononiensis and Joannes Baconthorpe).
Late Medieval Cognitional Theory.
Thomas Aquinas on Time and Eternity.
For further information please visit: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/philosophy/our-people
Under the structured research programmes offered at Maynooth University, students will undertake professional, subject specific and transferable skills modules to support the development of their research.
MLitt students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the ztructured PhD programme.
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.