Irish Philosophy Resources

Mapping Irish Philosophy

A work in progress highlighting places associated with various Irish philosophers. See the map on Google Maps.

Irish philosophy events in Ireland

If you have an event you want publicised, please contact @IrishPhilosophy on Twitter. That is a good starting point to find lectures, summer schools etc. Here are additional resources.


Many of the universities hold public lectures throughout the year, with information on their own sites, for example Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Maynooth University, NUI Galway.

There are also many symposia and conferences held, aimed at those involved in academic philosophy which will also be on the university websites.


Some of the lectures above may be listed on the Philosophy in Dublin Meetup Group. There are other groups in Ireland with a philosophy focus; check out the Meetup.Com site.

Summer Schools

There are annual summer schools for Daniel O’Connell (the Daniel O’Connell Heritage Summer School, held in Cahersiveen and Derrynane, Co. Kerry) and Robert Boyle (the Robert Boyle Summer School in Lismore, Co. Waterford).

Philosophy Societies in Ireland

The Irish Philosophical Society has been in existence since 1962. It counts among its members not only most professional philosophers in Ireland, but also students and members of the public interested in philosophy. The aim of the Irish Philosophical Society is to promote philosophical discussion in Ireland. To this end, the society organises two conferences each year at different locations in different locations in Ireland, and publishes the Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society. Online here.

Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Ireland aims to promote philosophy by women, raise awareness of problems faced by women in the discipline, facilitate co-operation between women in philosophy in the Island of Ireland, create links with women philosophers in other countries, promote research by and on women philosophers and organise conferences and meetings on topic of interest to women philosophers. Online here.

Societies relating to Irish Philosophers

The Robert Boyle Project is based at Birkbeck College, University of London, with Professor Michael Hunter as its director. The society website includes information about Boyle and many of his papers digitised online. Online here.

The International Berkeley Society was founded in 1975 to promote interest in the life and work of the philosopher Bishop George Berkeley. Its membership and leadership includes not only scholars and philosophers from many countries, but also those in the history and culture of colonial Rhode Island, where Berkeley lived for four years. The society holds meetings, conferences, and symposia, and publishes the results of scholarly research on both sides of the Atlantic and brings attention and information, both old and new, about George Berkeley and his works. Online here.

The Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies has its home at Kingston University UK. It is led by Dr Anne Rowe, Frances White and Pamela Osborn. The university houses a wide range of primary and secondary literature and archive material, including Iris Murdoch’s working library and the Conradi Archive, materials collected when Peter Conradi was writing her biography. The Centre has a twitter account, @irismurdoch which tweets news along with quotes from Iris Murdoch’s work. Online here.

The FitzRalph Society was founded to work towards furthering the study of and improving the public awareness of Richard of Dundalk. See here for papers from their 2010 conference and here for the FitzRalph Critical Edition Project in NUIM. Online here.

The Oscar Wilde Society is a non-profit making organisation which aims to promote knowledge, appreciation and study of Wilde’s life, personality, and works. It organises lectures, readings, and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him. The Society’s Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, “The Wildean”, is published twice a year. The illustrated Newsletter Journal “Intentions” is published five times a year. Online here.

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