Welcome to the Discipline of Philosophy

Philosophy is the oldest and most fundamental of all the subjects you might study at University, yet is more relevant today than ever. It concerns the very basis of human knowledge, our relations with one another and the way we value things and persons. Studying philosophy at NUIG opens up a rigorous and disciplined investigation into basic questions under the guidance of friendly, dedicated and internationally recognized academics. In our classes you can learn to comprehend difficult material quickly and accurately, to think clearly and critically, and to write and speak persuasively. This is an excellent training with transferable skills that can be applied across a wide range of subject areas. In today's world of fast-paced change, philosophical skills of thinking flexibly and critically are becoming ever more important

Read here Philosophy Brochure

As lecturers we are constantly reviewing and developing our pedagogical approach to ensure students are given the best chance to develop their philosophical skills and knowledge and always aim to be inclusive and respectful in our philosophical discussions.

Our philosophical specialisms

Our strengths are in the following areas:

  • History of Philosophy: Kant, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger
  • History of Irish Thought
  • Contemporary Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Bioethics and the Ethics of Information Technologies/AI
  • Philosophy of Science (especially probability, statistics and data analytics)
  • Philosophy of Art and Culture
  • East Asian Philosophy (especially Japanese and Chinese) and Cross-Cultural Philosophy


Contact Information

Discipline Administrator:     María Bernal Navarro (mornings only)