Contemporary staff research interests and areas of expertise cover a wide range of topics and and include:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy and Ireland’s Medieval Philosophical Heritage 
  • Phenomenology and Value Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethics

Further individual areas of specialisation include Philosophy of Evolution and God, Philosophy of Education, analytic and hermeneutical approaches to language and its significance, tolerance, human dignity, philosophical anthropology and bioethics. In addition, the Department is involved in several research clusters on Faculty and international level which include: Tolerance, Plurality and the Image of the Other and the FitzRalph Critical Edition Project. The Philosophy Department’s strength in the history of Philosophy and its expertise in the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions provides an excellent supportive environment for student research in Philosophy.