PROFESSOR RICCA EDMONDSON

B.A., D.Phil.

 
researcher
 

Biography

Ricca Edmondson studied philosophy and political theory at the University of Lancaster before writing a D.Phil. in Oxford in the theory of the social sciences. She taught philosophy at universities in Berlin, also working as a translator, before doing post-doctoral research on the sociology of organisations at Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development.  She is now Professor in the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, and Visiting Professor at Tampere University, Finland, as well asan editor of the ESA's journal, The European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, which has appeared with Routledge since 2014. 
Co-founder of the Galway Wisdom Project, her research centres on four interconnected, interdisciplinary areas: the sociality of reasoning and rhetorical argumentation; understanding phenomena connected with ‘wisdom’, and developing new techniques for doing so; issues connected with the life course and life-course meaning; and interculturality, translation and qualitative methods in the social and political sciences.

She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association and has been a long-serving member of the Board of Research Network 1 (Ageing) in the ESA; she has also served in the corresponding Research Committee in the International Sociological Association.  On many occasions she has co-organised ESA RN1 international meetings as Chair of its committee. She has also organised or co-organised a sequence of further conferences and workshops, in Galway and abroad. These include an international conference on Ageing and Values in NUI,Galway in 2006, an international colloquium on Wisdom and the Common Good at the University of Potsdam in 2013, and the 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, held in Galway in 2014.

Besides being granted a Senior Research Fellowship by the Irish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, Ricca Edmondson has carried out research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the Institute of Philosophy in the University of Potsdam, and the Centre for Advanced Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. 
 
She spent many years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Sociological Association of Ireland, and is a former editor of The Irish Journal of Sociology.She has served on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals, including Ageing and SocietyEuropean SocietiesRevista Sociologia, the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies,Ecopoliticsand the Journal of Aging Studies.  

Research Interests

Ricca Edmondson’s research sets out to combine techniques from the social and political sciences, philosophy, and the theory of argumentation. It deals with the following interlinked, interdisciplinary themes:

Reasoning and the sociality of reasoning; she uses approaches derived from Aristotelian rhetoric to embrace potentially positive accounts of argumentation rather than concentrating on manipulation and fallacy, though it does not ignore these (particularly where the impact of social and political power on argumentation is concerned, for example in connection with the environment).

This interest has led also to her work on understanding phenomena connected with the excellent forms of reasoning and behaving grasped as ‘wisdom’; she has developed a blend of philosophical and ethnographic methods for elucidating what is going on when people behave in a way that is considered, or can be argued to be, ‘wise’.  This work is also intended to combat ageism by elucidating positive contributions made by people in later stages of the life course.

Concentrating on issues connected with the life course, including the question of life-course meaning, Ricca Edmondson has been a member of the steering committee of Research Network 1 (Ageing) in the ESA since 1999, on several occasions co-organising its international meetings, among many other conferences and workshops. She is also a Board member of the corresponding Research Committee in the International Sociological Association. She organised an international conference on Ageing and Values in NUI,Galway in 2006 and is co-organising the 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology in NUIG in 2014.

This work cannot be carried out without a substantial interest in interculturality, translation and qualitative methods in the social sciences. This combination too relies on interdisciplinary techniques for elucidating meaning in different areas of everyday and public life.

Recent international conferences (co-)organised in  these connections include

2012 International Workshop on Wise Practices, Imagination and the Toleration of Diversity, National University of Ireland, Galway; June.

2011 Research Network on Ageing, Conference of European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland; September.

2009 Research Network on Ageing, Conference of European Sociological Association, Lisbon, Portugal; September..

2007 Research Network on Ageing, Conference of European Sociological Association, Glasgow, Scotland; September.

2006 International Symposium on Ageing and Values, NUIG; October.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Culture, politics and the de-centred self'
Ricca Edmondson (2019) 'Culture, politics and the de-centred self'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 6 (2):1-6 [Details]
(2019) 'Patterns of power and the (sociological) imagination'
Eva Luhtakallio and Ricca Edmondson (2019) 'Patterns of power and the (sociological) imagination'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 6 (1):1-5 [Details]
(2018) 'Editorial'
Eva Luhtakallio and Ricca Edmondson (2018) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 5 (4):351-355 [Details]
(2018) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson (2018) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 5 (3):235-241 [Details]
(2017) 'Editorial'
Edmondson, Ricca; Luhtakallio; Eeva (2017) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4 (4):377-380 [Details]
(2017) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio (2017) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4 (2):131-134 [Details]
(2017) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio (2017) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4 (1):1-6 [Details]
(2016) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio (2016) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 3 (4):387-391 [Details]
(2016) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio (2016) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 3 (1):1-5 [Details]
(2015) 'Rural and urban ageing'
Edmondson, R,Scharf, T,Twigg, J,Martin, W (2015) 'Rural and urban ageing'. Routledge Handbook Of Cultural Gerontology, :412-419 [Details]
(2015) 'Editorial'
Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio (2015) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 2 (3-4):185-188 [Details]
(2015) 'Identifying key elements of social care practice in successful care settings for older people in Ireland: Steps towards “wise” social care'
Carmel Gallagher and Ricca Edmondson (2015) 'Identifying key elements of social care practice in successful care settings for older people in Ireland: Steps towards “wise” social care'. Irish Journal Of Applied Social Studies, 15 (1) [Details]
(2014) 'Images of Living and Ageing Counter-Cultural Constructions of Health and Wisdom'
Edmondson, R,Fairhurst, E,Kriebernegg, U,Maierhofer, R,Ratzenbock, B (2014) 'Images of Living and Ageing Counter-Cultural Constructions of Health and Wisdom'. Alive And Kicking At All Ages: Cultural Constructions Of Health And Life Course Identity, 5 :169-186 [Details]
(2012) 'Intergenerational Relations in the West of Ireland and Sociocultural Approaches to Wisdom'
Edmondson, R (2012) 'Intergenerational Relations in the West of Ireland and Sociocultural Approaches to Wisdom'. Journal Of Family Issues, 33 :76-98 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Wisdom in clinical reasoning and medical practice'
Edmondson, R,Pearce, J,Woerner, MH (2009) 'Wisdom in clinical reasoning and medical practice'. Theoretical Medicine And Bioethics, 30 :231-247 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Towards a Taxonomy of Types of Wisdom'
Markus Woerner and Ricca Edmondson (2009) 'Towards a Taxonomy of Types of Wisdom'. Yearbook Of The Irish Philosophical Society, :148-163 [Details]
(2009) 'Wisdom: a humanist approach to valuing older people'
Edmondson, R,VonKondratowitz, HJ (2009) 'Wisdom: a humanist approach to valuing older people'. Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach To Ageing, :201-215 [Details]
(2008) 'Wisdom and Older People in Ireland'
Edmondson, R. (2008) 'Wisdom and Older People in Ireland'. Senior People Educational Studies, Wuhan China, 2 (36):73-76 [Details]
(2007) 'The Practice of Health Care: Wisdom as a Model'
Edmondson, R., Pearce, J. (2007) 'The Practice of Health Care: Wisdom as a Model'. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 10 (3):233-244 [Details]
(2007) 'Življenjski potek in modrost kot vodilna idea; The Life Course and Wisdom as a Guiding Idea'
Edmondson, R. (2007) 'Življenjski potek in modrost kot vodilna idea; The Life Course and Wisdom as a Guiding Idea'. Towards Good Quality of Life in Older Age, 10 (2):28-42 [Details]
(2005) 'Wisdom in later life: ethnographic approaches'
Edmondson, R (2005) 'Wisdom in later life: ethnographic approaches'. Ageing & Society, 25 :339-356 [DOI] [Details]
(2003) 'Social Capital: A Strategy for Advancing Health?'
Ricca Edmondson (2003) 'Social Capital: A Strategy for Advancing Health?'. Journal Of Social Science And Medicine, 57 (9):1723-1733 [Details]
(2000) 'Rural Temporal Practices: Future Time in Connemara'
Ricca Edmondson (2000) 'Rural Temporal Practices: Future Time in Connemara'. Time And Society, 9 (2/3):269-288 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Ageing, Insight and Wisdom: Meaning and Practice Across the Life Course.
Ricca Edmondson (2015) Ageing, Insight and Wisdom: Meaning and Practice Across the Life Course. Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]
(1998) Ireland: Society and Culture.
Ricca Edmondson (1998) Ireland: Society and Culture. Hagen, Germany: Distance University Hagen. [Details]
(1987) Rules and Norms in the Sociology of Organisations.
Ricca Edmondson (1987) Rules and Norms in the Sociology of Organisations. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for Human Development. [Details]
(1984) Rhetoric in Sociology.
Ricca Edmondson (1984) Rhetoric in Sociology. London: Macmillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Socio-Cultural Foundations of Wisdom'
Ricca Edmondson and Markus Woerner (2019) 'Socio-Cultural Foundations of Wisdom' In: Handbook of Wisdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'The Sociology of Ageing'
Ricca Edmondson (2019) 'The Sociology of Ageing' In: The Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry (6th Edition, revised chapter). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'Practical wisdom in Islamic law: From the Local to the Global'
Tom Woerner-Powell and Ricca Edmondson (2019) 'Practical wisdom in Islamic law: From the Local to the Global' In: Applying Wisdom to Contemporary World Problems. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2019) 'Integrating “cultures of reasoning”: Interdisciplinary research on motivating the self to wisdom and virtue'
Ricca Edmondson, Michel Ferrari, Monika Ardelt and Hyeyoung Bang (2019) 'Integrating “cultures of reasoning”: Interdisciplinary research on motivating the self to wisdom and virtue' In: The Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project: Deep Integration in Interdisciplinary Research. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2018) 'Socio-Cultural Foundations of Wisdom'
Edmondson, R.; Woerner, M. (2018) 'Socio-Cultural Foundations of Wisdom' In: Handbook of Wisdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2015) 'Rural and Urban Ageing: Contributions of Cultural Gerontology'
Ricca Edmondson and Tom Scharf (2015) 'Rural and Urban Ageing: Contributions of Cultural Gerontology' In: Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2015) 'Wisdom'
Ricca Edmondson (2015) 'Wisdom' In: Sage Encyclopedia of Ageing: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. London: Sage. [Details]
(2014) 'Images of living and ageing: Counter-cultural constructions of health and wisdom'
Ricca Edmondson and Eileen Fairhurst (2014) 'Images of living and ageing: Counter-cultural constructions of health and wisdom' In: Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. [Details]
(2013) 'The Sociology of Ageing'
Edmondson, R. (2013) 'The Sociology of Ageing' In: Tom Dening and Alan Thomas, eds, The Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry (5th Edition) (Oxford: Oxford University Press. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2013) 'A Social Interpretation of Personal Wisdom'
Edmondson, R. (2013) 'A Social Interpretation of Personal Wisdom' In: Michel Ferrari and Nic Weststrate, eds, The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom: From Contemplative Traditions to Neuroscience. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
(2013) 'Time and Sustainability'
Edmondson, R., Rau, H. (2013) 'Time and Sustainability' In: in Fahy, F. and Rau, H. (eds) Methods of Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences. London: SAGE. [Details]
(2013) 'Cultural Gerontology in Europe'
Edmondson, R. (2013) 'Cultural Gerontology in Europe' In: Katrin Komp and Marja Aartsen, eds, Growing Old in Europe: A Textbook of Gerontology. New York, Springer. Amsterdam: Springer. [Details]
(2012) 'Intergrated Practical Reasoning'
Edmondson, R., Hulser, K. (2012) 'Intergrated Practical Reasoning' In: Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument. Lanham, MD: Lexington. [Details]
(2012) 'Practical Reasoning in Place: Tracing ‘Wise’ Inferences in Everyday Life'
Ricca Edmondson (2012) 'Practical Reasoning in Place: Tracing ‘Wise’ Inferences in Everyday Life' In: Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument. Lanham, MD: Lexington. [Details]
(2011) 'Ageing in Ireland'
Edmondson, R. (2011) 'Ageing in Ireland' In: Sheyeng Chen and Jason Powell (eds) Global Aging. New York: Nova Science. [Details]
(2009) 'Wisdom: A Humanist Approach to Valuing Older People'
Edmondson, R. (2009) 'Wisdom: A Humanist Approach to Valuing Older People' In: Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach to Ageing. Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]
(2009) 'Introduction: Valuing Ageing in the Contemporary World'
Edmondson, R. & von Kondratowitz, HJ. (2009) 'Introduction: Valuing Ageing in the Contemporary World' In: Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz, Valuing Older People: Towards a Humanistic Gerontology. Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]
(2008) 'Introduction: Environmental Arguing and Interculturality'
Edmondson, R., Rau, H. (2008) 'Introduction: Environmental Arguing and Interculturality' In: Ricca Edmondson and Henrike Rau, eds, Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference: Locations, Fractures and Deliberations. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2008) 'Intercultural Rhetoric, Environmental Reasoning and Wise Argument'
Edmondson, R. (2008) 'Intercultural Rhetoric, Environmental Reasoning and Wise Argument' In: Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference: Locations, Fractures and Deliberations. Oxford, Peter Lang. [Details]
(2007) 'Rhetorics of Social Science: Sociality in Writing and Inquiry'
Edmondson, R. (2007) 'Rhetorics of Social Science: Sociality in Writing and Inquiry' In: The Handbook of Social Science Methodology. London, Sage. [Details]
(2003) 'Interreligiöses Verstehen: Kultursoziologische Probleme und Paradoxien'
Edmondson, R. (2003) 'Interreligiöses Verstehen: Kultursoziologische Probleme und Paradoxien' In: in Michael Bongardt, Rainer Kampling and Markus Woerner, eds, Verstehen an der Grenze: Beitraege zur Hermeneutik interkultureller und interreligioeser Kommunikation. Muenster: Aschendorff Verlag. [Details]
(2002) 'Silence and the Golden Years: Older People in Ireland'
Edmondson, R. (2002) 'Silence and the Golden Years: Older People in Ireland' In: In George Taylor (ed) Issues in Irish Public Policy. [Details]
(2002) 'Studying Civic Culture Ethnographically and what it tells us about Social Capital: Communities in the West of Ireland'
Edmondson, R. (2002) 'Studying Civic Culture Ethnographically and what it tells us about Social Capital: Communities in the West of Ireland' In: in Eric Uslaner and Paul Dekker, eds, The Politics of Everyday Life. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2002) 'Learning from Talking to Travellers'
Edmondon, R., O'Murchadha, N. (2002) 'Learning from Talking to Travellers' In: in John M. Kirk and Donall P. O Baoill, eds, Travellers and their Language. Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics. [Details]
(2001) 'Anthropological Research in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Introduction to the Third Edition of Family and Community in Ireland'
Edmondson, R., Byrne, A., Varley, T. (2001) 'Anthropological Research in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Introduction to the Third Edition of Family and Community in Ireland' In: Ennis: CLASP Press. Ennis: CLASP Press. [Details]
(2001) 'Arsensberg and Kimball and Anthropological Research in Ireland: Introduction to the Third Edition'
Byrne, A., Edmondson, R., Varley, T. (2001) 'Arsensberg and Kimball and Anthropological Research in Ireland: Introduction to the Third Edition' In: Family and Community in Ireland, CLASP. Clare, IRELAND: CLASP. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2000) 'Health Promotion and the Study of Cultural Practices'
Edmondson, R. (2000) 'Health Promotion and the Study of Cultural Practices' In: in Edmondson and Kelleher, eds, Health Promotion: New Discipline or Multi-Discipline? Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(2000) 'Introduction'
Edmondson, R., Kelleher, C. (2000) 'Introduction' In: in Health Promotion: New Discipline or Multi-Discipline. [Details]
(2000) 'Writing between worlds'
Ricca Edmondson (2000) 'Writing between worlds' In: (Re)Searching Women: Feminist Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences in Ireland. Dublin: IPA Press. [Details]
(1997) 'Introduction: The Context of Collective Political Action'
Ricca Edmondson, ed. (1997) 'Introduction: The Context of Collective Political Action' In: The Political Context of Collective Action. London: Routledge. [Details]
(1997) ''Knowledge, Rhetoric and Political Action in Context''
Ricca Edmondson and Frank Nullmeier (1997) ''Knowledge, Rhetoric and Political Action in Context'' In: The Political Context of Collective Action. London: Routledge. [Details]
(1997) ''Older People and Life-Course Construction in Ireland'
Ricca Edmondson (1997) ''Older People and Life-Course Construction in Ireland' In: The Sociology of Health and Illness in Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
(1995) 'Reasoning in the Social World: Prolegomenon to a Sociology of Argument'
Ricca Edmondson (1995) 'Reasoning in the Social World: Prolegomenon to a Sociology of Argument' In: Science, Politics and Social Practice. Dordrecht: Kluwer. [Details]
(1994) 'Rhetoric and Truthfulness: Reporting in the Social Sciences'
Ricca Edmondson (1994) 'Rhetoric and Truthfulness: Reporting in the Social Sciences' In: Postmodern Representations: Truth, Power and Mimesis in the Human Sciences and Public Culture. Champaign Il.:: University of Illinois Press, 1994. [Details]
(1993) 'Women, Tourism and Cultural Identity in the West of Ireland'
Ricca Edmondson, Anne Byrne, and Kathleen Fahy (1993) 'Women, Tourism and Cultural Identity in the West of Ireland' In: Tourism in Ireland: A Critical Analysis. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(1993) 'Rural Tourism and Cultural Identity in the West of Ireland'
Byrne, Anne, Edmondson, R, Fahy, K (1993) 'Rural Tourism and Cultural Identity in the West of Ireland' In: Tourism in Ireland - A Critical Analysis. Cork Ireland: Cork University Press. [Details]
(1992) 'Moral Debate and Social Change'
Ricca Edmondson (1992) 'Moral Debate and Social Change' In: Abortion, Law and Conscience. Dublin: Dominican Publications. [Details]
(1981) 'Rhetorical Explanation in ‘Language for Special Purposes’'
Ricca Edmondson (1981) 'Rhetorical Explanation in ‘Language for Special Purposes’' In: Sprache: Lehren - Lernen. Darmstadt / Tuebingen: Gesellschaft fur Angewandte Linguistik. [Details]
(1981) 'Oxbridge Sociology: the Development of Centres of Excellence?'
Anthony Heath and Ricca Edmondson (1981) 'Oxbridge Sociology: the Development of Centres of Excellence?' In: Practice and Progress: British Sociology 1950-1980. London: Allen and Unwin. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2012) Ageing in the Light of Crises
Aartsen, M., Béland, D., Edmondson, R., Ginn, J., Komp, K., Nilsson, M., Perek- Bialas, J., Sorensen, P., & Weicht, B. (2012) Ageing in the light of crises: Economic crisis, demographic change, and the search for meaning Ageing in the Light of Crises http://www.soc.umu.se/english/research/ publications/welfare-studies-working-papers/, [Details]
(2007) Proceedings of 'A Legacy of Learning': Sharing Global Experiences of Learning in Later Life, University of Strathclyde
Edmondson, R., Woerner, M. (2007) Later-Life Learning and Wisdom Proceedings of 'A Legacy of Learning': Sharing Global Experiences of Learning in Later Life, University of Strathclyde [Details]
(2005) Proceedings of the Conference A World For All, Edinburgh; eds Cecilia Clegg and William Storrar
Edmondson, R. (2005) The Language of Global Civil Society and a Transcultural Idea of Wisdom Proceedings of the Conference A World For All, Edinburgh; eds Cecilia Clegg and William Storrar [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2012) Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument.
Ricca Edmondson and Karlheinz Hülser (Ed.). (2012) Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument. Lexington: Rowman and Littlefield: Lexington Books. [Details]
(2009)
Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz (Ed.). (2009) Valuing Older People: Towards a Humanistic Gerontology Bristol: Policy Press. [Details]
(2008) Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference: Locations, Fractures and Deliberations.
Ricca Edmondson and Henrike Rau (Ed.). (2008) Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference: Locations, Fractures and Deliberations Environmental Argument and Cultural Difference: Locations, Fractures and Deliberations. Oxford: Peter Lang Publications. [Details]
(2001) Arensberg’s and Kimball’s Family and Community in Ireland.
Anne Byrne, Ricca Edmondson, Tony Varley (Ed.). (2001) Arensberg’s and Kimball’s Family and Community in Ireland Arensberg’s and Kimball’s Family and Community in Ireland. Ennis: CLASP Press. [Details]
(2000) Health Promotion: New Discipline or Multidiscipline?.
Ricca Edmondson and Cecily Kelleher (Ed.). (2000) Health Promotion: New Discipline or Multidiscipline? Health Promotion: New Discipline or Multidiscipline?. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
(1997)
Ricca Edmondson (Ed.). (1997) The Political Context of Collective Action: Argumentation, Power and Democracy London: Routledge. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Studying or Seeking Wisdom'
Ricca Edmondson (2017) 'Studying or Seeking Wisdom' Discover Society, . [Details]
(1993) 'Retorica y objetividad: los reportes en las ciencias sociales'
Ricca Edmondson (1993) 'Retorica y objetividad: los reportes en las ciencias sociales' Revista Columbiana de Sociologia, :33-46. [Details]
(1981) 'Theology and Rhetoric'
Markus Woerner and Ricca Edmondson (1981) 'Theology and Rhetoric' New Blackfriars, :379-387. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) Colloquium on Revisiting the Science-Religion Interface,
Ricca Edmondson (2019) Social-scientific language and religious aspects of 'self-motivation to virtue': Interim report on a research project. [Conference Paper], Colloquium on Revisiting the Science-Religion Interface, Tampere, Finland , 01-APR-19. [Details]
(2018) University of Jyväskylä, Department of Philosophy Research Colloquium,
Ricca Edmondson (2018) Philosophical Fieldwork and the Sociology of Knowledge. [Conference Paper], University of Jyväskylä, Department of Philosophy Research Colloquium, University of Jyväskylä, Finland , 01-OCT-18. [Details]
(2018) Women, Ageing and Life Narrative,
Ricca Edmondson and Christopher Woerner (2018) Older Women and the Duty to be Wise. [Conference Paper], Women, Ageing and Life Narrative, Galway , 10-MAY-18 - 11-MAY-18. [Details]
(2017) Conference of the European Network of Ageing Studies / 9th Symposium on Cultural Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) Wisdom, ageing and “the light of experience”. [Conference Paper], Conference of the European Network of Ageing Studies / 9th Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, Graz, Austria , 01-APR-17. [Details]
(2017) Graduate Seminar on the Sociology of Knowledge,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) Ten Seminars on the Social Construction of Reality. [Invited Lecture], Graduate Seminar on the Sociology of Knowledge, University of Tampere, FInland , 25-SEP-17 - 13-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017) Festival of Methods,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) (How) Is it possible to measure wisdom?. [Oral Presentation], Festival of Methods, University of Jyväsklä, Finland , 01-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017) Festival of Methods,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) Qualitative Methods for Researching in Cultural Contexts: Examples from Investigating Wisdom. [Keynote Address], Festival of Methods, University of Jyväsklä, Finland , 01-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017) Symposium on the Concept of Wisdom,
Ricca Edmondson and Markus Woerner (2017) Sociocultural constituents of the concept of wisdom: Traditions and counter-traditions. [Conference Paper], Symposium on the Concept of Wisdom, University of Jyväskylä, Finland , 01-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017) Festival of Methods,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) Qualitative Methods for Researching in Cultural Contexts: Examples from Investigating Wisdom’. [Keynote Address], Festival of Methods, University of Jyväskylä, FInland , 28-MAY-17 - 01-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017) Wisdom and the Sociology of Knowledge,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) Wisdom, Compassion, Cosmopolitanism: Tracing and Appreciating Wisdom in Everyday Life. [Keynote Address], Wisdom and the Sociology of Knowledge, University of Jyaäskylä, FInlanda , 02-OCT-17 - 03-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017) 9th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2017) International Conference of European Network of Ageing Studies. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 9th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, Graz Austria , 27-APR-17 - 30-APR-17. [Details]
(2017) Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München,
Ricca Edmondson and Henrike Rau (2017) Critical visualization in environmental research: Interdisciplinarity in practice. [Conference Paper], Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München, Germany , 01-MAY-17. [Details]
(2016) University of Utrecht,
Ricca Edmondson (2016) Wisdom: Interactive practices and the generation of meaning. [Conference Paper], University of Utrecht, University of Utrecht , 01-DEC-16. [Details]
(2016) Wisdom and Compassion,
Ricca Edmondson (2016) Wisdom, Compassion, Cosmopolitanism: Tracing and Appreciating Wisdom in Everyday Life’. [Keynote Address], Wisdom and Compassion, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies , 22-SEP-16 - 24-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016) Wisdom, Compassion, Cosmopolitanism: Tracing and Appreciating Wisdom in Everyday Life,
Ricca Edmondson (2016) Wisdom, Compassion, Cosmopolitanism: Tracing and Appreciating Wisdom in Everyday Life. [Keynote Address], Wisdom, Compassion, Cosmopolitanism: Tracing and Appreciating Wisdom in Everyday Life, Helsinki , 01-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016) Rethinking Ageing and Memory through Interdisciplinary Research,
Ricca Edmondson (2016) Reconciling Different Styles of Reasoning in Interdisciplinary Research. [Keynote Address], Rethinking Ageing and Memory through Interdisciplinary Research, Dublin, Trinity College , 09-MAY-16 - 10-MAY-16. [Details]
(2015) Marquette University,
Ricca Edmondson and Michel Ferrari (2015) Motivating the Self to Virtue in Western and Non-Western Countries. [Conference Paper], Marquette University, Milwaukee , 01-MAR-15. [Details]
(2015) British Society of Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2015) Wisdom and Older Age: Are there Culture-Specific Models?. [Conference Paper], British Society of Gerontology, Newcastle-upon-Tyne , 01-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) Environmental Humanities on the Ground: Materiality, Sustainability, and Applicability,
Ricca Edmondson (2015) Aristotle, Marx and Wise Environmental Reasoning. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Environmental Humanities on the Ground: Materiality, Sustainability, and Applicability, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai , 01-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Department of Sociology, Shanghai Normal University,
Ricca Edmondson and Abby Woerner-Powell (2015) Older People in Ireland and the World: Wisdom and its Potential in Social Care. [Conference Paper], Department of Sociology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai , 01-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) AHRC Interdisciplinary Project,
Ricca Edmondson (2015) Ethics and Long-Term Care. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], AHRC Interdisciplinary Project, Belfast , 01-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Wise Actions and Intrinsic Virtues: Ancient Traditions and Empirical Data’. [Oral Presentation], Gerontological Society of America, Washington , 19-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Wisdom: The Contribution of Philosophical Accounts’,. [Oral Presentation], Gerontological Society of America, Washington , 19-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Embedded and Connected Wisdom: Impacts of Wise Practices on Communal Living in Later Life’,. [Oral Presentation], Gerontological Society of America, Washington , 19-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) ‘Epistemological Perspectives on Aristotle's Dialectic and Rhetoric’,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) 'Twenty-first century enthymemes concerning social, political and environmental affairs: Some examples related to the Rhetoric.'. [Chaired Session], ‘Epistemological Perspectives on Aristotle's Dialectic and Rhetoric’, Stockholm , 13-AUG-14 - 16-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014) Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, NUIG,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Wisdom, health and older age’. [Oral Presentation], Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, NUIG, Galway , 23-APR-14 - 26-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, NUIG,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Wisdom: The contributions of philosophical accounts’. [Oral Presentation], Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, NUIG, Galway , 23-APR-14 - 26-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) MaxNet Ageing Conference, Schwielowsee,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Transcending generational difference: Meaning, young people, and age. [Oral Presentation], MaxNet Ageing Conference, Schwielowsee, Potsdam, Germany , 06-FEB-14 - 09-FEB-14. [Details]
(2014) ESA Graduate Summer School,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) ‘Developments in Life-Course Theory: What Problems are we Alerted to by the Idea of the Sociological Imagination?’. [Keynote Address], ESA Graduate Summer School, York , 23-JUL-14 - 26-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Wisdom: The contributions of philosophical accounts. [Conference Paper], Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway , 10-APR-14 - 12-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) MaxNetAging Conference,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Transcending Generational Difference: Meaning, Young People, and Age. [Conference Paper], MaxNetAging Conference, Schwielowsee , 01-FEB-14. [Details]
(2014) Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Wisdom, health and older age. [Conference Paper], Eighth International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway , 10-APR-14 - 12-APR-14. [Details]
(2014) Epistemological Perspectives on Aristotle's Dialectic and Rhetoric,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Twenty-first century enthymemes concerning social, political and environmental affairs: Some examples related to the Rhetoric. [Conference Paper], Epistemological Perspectives on Aristotle's Dialectic and Rhetoric, University of Stockholm , 14-AUG-14 - 15-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014) Lecture to ESA Graduate Summer School, University of York,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Developments in Life-Course Theory: What Problems are we Alerted to by the Idea of the Sociological Imagination?. [Invited Lecture], Lecture to ESA Graduate Summer School, University of York, University of York , 01-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Embedded and Connected Wisdom: Impacts of Wise Practices on Communal Living in Later Life. [Conference Paper], Gerontological Society of America, Washington, USA , 01-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Wisdom: The Contribution of Philosophical Accounts. [Conference Paper], Gerontological Society of America, Washington, USA , 01-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Gerontological Society of America,
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Wise Actions and Intrinsic Virtues: Ancient Traditions and Empirical Data. [Conference Paper], Gerontological Society of America, Washington, USA , 01-NOV-14. [Details]
(2013) International Workshop on Argumentation in Aristotle,
Ricca Edmondson (2013) The sociality of Endoxa’. [Chaired Session], International Workshop on Argumentation in Aristotle, Potsdam , 10-JUN-13 - 05-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) BSG Annual Conference,
Edmondson, R. (2013) Exploring Meaning in Later Life: Lessons from the History of the Field. [Oral Presentation], BSG Annual Conference, Oxford , 12-SEP-13 - 12-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013) International Workshop on Wisdom and the Practice of Life,
Ricca Edmondson (2013) Life experience and argumentation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Workshop on Wisdom and the Practice of Life, Berlin , 10-JUN-13 - 12-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013) Gerontological Society of America,
Tom Scharf and Ricca Edmondson (2013) Blurring the urban-rural divide: Insights from cultural approaches to ageing. [Oral Presentation], Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans , 29-OCT-13 - 31-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013) Wisdom International Workshop, Potsdam 2013,
Ricca Edmondson (2013) Contrasting Models of Wisdom: How Common are References to the Common Good?. [Plenary Lecture], Wisdom International Workshop, Potsdam 2013, Potsdam, Germany , 17-JUN-13 - 17-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) International Workshop on Aristotelian Argumentation,
Ricca Edmondson (2013) Rhetoric and Dialectics. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Workshop on Aristotelian Argumentation, Berlin , 06-JUN-13 - 08-JUN-13. [Details]
(2012) Ageing in the Light of Crises: Economic Crisis, Demographic Change, and the Search for Meaning,
Ricca Edmondson (2012) Keynote Address: Older Age, the Future and Crises of Meaning. [Keynote Address], Ageing in the Light of Crises: Economic Crisis, Demographic Change, and the Search for Meaning, University of Umeå , 19-OCT-12 - 21-JAN-13. [Details]
(2012) International Conference on Wise Practices, Imagination and the Tolerance of Diversity,
Ricca Edmondson (2012) Wisdom and Access to Other Worlds. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Wise Practices, Imagination and the Tolerance of Diversity, Galway , 20-JUN-12 - 23-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012) International Workshop on Wisdom and the Practice of Life,
Ricca Edmondson (2012) Wisdom and the Art of Living. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Workshop on Wisdom and the Practice of Life, NUI Galway , 21-JUN-12 - 24-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012) International Workshop on Argumentation in Aristotle,
Ricca Edmondson (2012) The sociality of Endoxa. [Chaired Session], International Workshop on Argumentation in Aristotle, Potsdam, Germany , 10-JUN-12 - 12-JUN-13. [Details]
(2012) 8th Philosophy of Management International Conference,
Ricca Edmondson (2012) 'A Reading of Aristotelian Wisdom and its Compatibility with Contemporary Organisational Behaviour’. [Oral Presentation], 8th Philosophy of Management International Conference, Oxford , 20-JUL-12 - 23-JUL-12. [Details]
(2011) ENAS Research Network on Ageing in Europe,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) ‘Gerontology as “Post-Disciplinary” Enterprise: Debates and Examples’. [Oral Presentation], ENAS Research Network on Ageing in Europe, Maastricht , 13-OCT-11 - 18-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011) British Society of Gerontology,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) ‘Methodological Approaches to Understanding “Wisdom” in Older Age’. [Oral Presentation], British Society of Gerontology, Plymouth , 14-JUL-11 - 17-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011) American Association of Geographers,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) ‘Geographies of Ageing and Wisdom’. [Oral Presentation], American Association of Geographers, Seattle, USA , 14-APR-11 - 17-APR-11. [Details]
(2011) European Sociological Association,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) Linking Fromm and Benhabib: Interactive Universalism and Wisdom’. [Oral Presentation], European Sociological Association, Geneva , 07-SEP-11 - 11-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011) ENAS Research Network on Ageing in Europe,
Ricca Edmondson and Eileen Fairhurst (2011) Calendars, Intergenerationality and Wisdom in Ageing’. [Oral Presentation], ENAS Research Network on Ageing in Europe, Maastricht , 13-OCT-11 - 19-JAN-13. [Details]
(2011) Meet the Authors Session, European Sociological Association,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) Commentary on the work of Bill Bytheway. [Oral Presentation], Meet the Authors Session, European Sociological Association, Geneva , 07-SEP-11 - 11-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011) Research Network on Ageing, Conference of European Sociological Association,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) Ageing and Intercultural Wisdom. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Research Network on Ageing, Conference of European Sociological Association, Geneva , 08-SEP-11 - 11-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011) CARDI conference,
Carmel Gallagher and Ricca Edmondson (2011) ‘“Wise” Practices in Social Care Institutions for Older People’. [Oral Presentation], CARDI conference, Dublin , 22-NOV-11 - 23-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011) European Sociological Association,
Ricca Edmondson (2011) ‘Wisdom and Social Uncertainty: Learning from Older People’. [Oral Presentation], European Sociological Association, Geneva , 07-SEP-11 - 11-SEP-11. [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
(2010) Creating the Right Ambience.
Künemund, Harald, Komp, Kathrin and Edmondson, Ricca (2010) Creating the Right Ambience. ANET/COS [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2012) The Research Network on Ageing.
Edmondson, R., Künemund, H., and Komp, K. (2012) The Research Network on Ageing. Article [Details]
(2010) Positive ageing.
Edmondson, Ricca, Komp, Kathrin, & Künemund, Harald (2010) Positive ageing. Article [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2015) Review of Peter Coleman, Daniela Koleva and Joanna Bornat, Ageing, Ritual and Social Change.
Ricca Edmondson (2015) Review of Peter Coleman, Daniela Koleva and Joanna Bornat, Ageing, Ritual and Social Change. Book Review [Details]
(2014) Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment.
Edmondson, R (2014) Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2014) Review of Jan Baars, Aging and the Art of Living.
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Review of Jan Baars, Aging and the Art of Living. Book Review [Details]
(2014) Review of Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs, Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment.
Ricca Edmondson (2014) Review of Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs, Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment. Book Review [Details]
(2014) Aging and the Art of Living.
Edmondson, R (2014) Aging and the Art of Living. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Meeting

  Year Publication
(2013) BLURRING THE RURAL-URBAN DIVIDE: INSIGHTS FROM CULTURAL APPROACHES TO AGEING.
Scharf, T,Edmondson, R (2013) BLURRING THE RURAL-URBAN DIVIDE: INSIGHTS FROM CULTURAL APPROACHES TO AGEING. Meeting [Details]

Other Item

  Year Publication
(2010) Wisdom and Ageing from a Humanistic Pespective.
Ricca Edmondson (2010) Wisdom and Ageing from a Humanistic Pespective. Other Item [Details]

Presentation

  Year Publication
(1981) English text of the Handbuch der deutschen Exilpresse 1933-1945.
Liselotte Maas (1981) English text of the Handbuch der deutschen Exilpresse 1933-1945. Presentation [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2011) Review of Miza Izuhara (ed., 2010) Ageing and Intergenerational Relations: Family Reciprocity from a Global Perspective.
Ricca Edmondson (2011) Review of Miza Izuhara (ed., 2010) Ageing and Intergenerational Relations: Family Reciprocity from a Global Perspective. Reviews [Details]
(2004) Review of Colin Coulter and Steven Coleman, The End of Irish History? Critical Reflections on the Celtic Tiger.
Ricca Edmondson (2004) Review of Colin Coulter and Steven Coleman, The End of Irish History? Critical Reflections on the Celtic Tiger. Reviews [Details]
(2004) Review of Russell Keat, Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market.
Ricca Edmondson (2004) Review of Russell Keat, Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market. Reviews [Details]
(2002) Review of John Brewer: Ethnography.
Ricca Edmondson (2002) Review of John Brewer: Ethnography. Reviews [Details]
(1998) Review of Patrick Hanafin: Last Rights: Death, Dying and the Law in Ireland.
Ricca Edmondson (1998) Review of Patrick Hanafin: Last Rights: Death, Dying and the Law in Ireland. Reviews [Details]
(1997) Review of Honor Fagan, Culture, Politics, and Irish School Dropouts.
Ricca Edmondson (1997) Review of Honor Fagan, Culture, Politics, and Irish School Dropouts. Reviews [Details]
(1996) Review of Tony Fahey and Peter Murray, Health and Autonomy among the Over- 65s in Ireland.
Ricca Edmondson (1996) Review of Tony Fahey and Peter Murray, Health and Autonomy among the Over- 65s in Ireland. Reviews [Details]
(1992) Review of Pat O’Connor, Friendships Between Women.
Ricca Edmondson (1992) Review of Pat O’Connor, Friendships Between Women. Reviews [Details]
(1991) Review of Chris Curtin and Thomas Wilson, Ireland from Below, and M. Tomlinson et al., Whose Law and Order?.
Ricca Edmondson (1991) Review of Chris Curtin and Thomas Wilson, Ireland from Below, and M. Tomlinson et al., Whose Law and Order?. Reviews [Details]

Translation

  Year Publication
(2012) Philosophia Sine Qua Non: Transcendental-Political Reflections using the Work of John Rawls.
Sebastian Lalla (2012) Philosophia Sine Qua Non: Transcendental-Political Reflections using the Work of John Rawls. Translation [Details]
(2008) Environmental Medicine and Health in Industrialised Nations: Cases from Germany.
Walter Wortberg (2008) Environmental Medicine and Health in Industrialised Nations: Cases from Germany. Translation [Details]
(1991) The Heyday of Reform: Literature on the Sociology of Education in Germany.
Gundel Schümer (1991) The Heyday of Reform: Literature on the Sociology of Education in Germany. Translation [Details]
(1990) Things and the World - Interpreting the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger.
Klaus Held (1990) Things and the World - Interpreting the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Translation [Details]
(1986) This Side of Nameless Terror (The Modernisation Theory of Hans Blumenberg).
Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggeman (1986) This Side of Nameless Terror (The Modernisation Theory of Hans Blumenberg). Translation [Details]
(1983) Norms and Interpretations - Some Methodological and Theoretical Problems in the Collection and Analysis of Subjective Accounts in Qualitative Research.
Christel Hopf (1983) Norms and Interpretations - Some Methodological and Theoretical Problems in the Collection and Analysis of Subjective Accounts in Qualitative Research. Translation [Details]
(1983) Statements about Events: Modal and Tense Analysis in Medieval Logic.
Klaus Jacobi (1983) Statements about Events: Modal and Tense Analysis in Medieval Logic. Translation [Details]
(1982) Medial Transformation and Semiotic Structure: Problems of Notation in Corpus Analysis.
Ernest Hess-Lüttich (1982) Medial Transformation and Semiotic Structure: Problems of Notation in Corpus Analysis. Translation [Details]

Teaching Interests

Ricca Edmondson's undergraduate teaching includes courses on
 
Ageing, the Life Course, and the Sociology of Wisdom;
Understanding Strangers;
Qualitative Methods for Social and Political Scientists;
Principles of Political Theory -
 
as well as general seminars for first-year and second-year students. 
 
She also convenes and teaches on a graduate course on Qualitative Methods in sociology and politics, part of the Structured PhD programme in NUIG. This is designed to offer an innovative approach to qualitative research and is run in tandem with a parallel course on quantitative methods. These Methods courses have in several years been the most popular specially-designed graduate course in the university. 
 
Her contributions to interdisciplinary teaching have included courses on Logic, Business Ethics, Health Promotion, Gender Studies, and Irish Studies. 
Recent appointments to teach abroad include:
Visiting Professor at Tampere University, Finland.
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies, Maximilian-Ludwig University, Munich, May 2017.
DAAD grant in philosophy/ethnography, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2012-13.
Visiting Professorship /Erasmus Teaching Exchange, Vienna, Austria, December 2011.
Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Potsdam, 2011.
Address to International Wisdom Workshop, University of Toronto, April 2011: ‘Ethnographic methods of tracing wisdom-related ideas’.
Paper to Department of Anthropology, New School, New York, April 2011: ‘Ethnographic / Philosophical Fieldwork: Reconstructing ‘Wise’ Reasoning in Everyday Settings’.
 
This follows on graduate teaching in universities including Tampere, Finland; Manchester, UK; Wuhan, China;  FU Berlin, Germany.
 
In addition, she has recently arranged a teaching exchange with the School of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Innsbrück, Austria.