Welcome to the Discipline of Philosophy

Dr. Heike Schmidt-Felzmann,

Philosophy questions the basis of human knowledge, conduct, and value. Studying philosophy at NUIG allows for a rigorous and disciplined investigation into fundamental questions under the guidance of internationally recognized scholars. Students learn to comprehend difficult material quickly and accurately, to think clearly and critically, and to write and speak persuasively. This is an excellent training for post-graduate study in law, medicine, social service, politics, philosophy or other related academic fields. Furthermore, in today's world of fast-paced change, business leaders and management teams are increasingly looking to philosophy students for their ability to think flexibly and critically.

We teach and do research in all the main philosophical subject-areas and historical periods. However, we offer something special besides. Our Discipline has developed strength in philosophical work that attends closely to the impact of globalization and new technologies. The transformations associated with these have profound ethical and aesthetic implications, and impact also on questions of personal, cultural, and national identity, as well as on debates concerning knowledge and metaphysics.

Why Study Philosophy?

Our strengths are in the following ares:

  • Bio-ethics, and professional ethics. (we established COBRA - Ireland's only dedicated research centre in bioethics)
  • Problems of violence, community, and the exploitation of resources
  • Philosophy of art and culture - including environmental and especially visual aesthetics
  • Cross-cultural philosophy East-West - especially Chinese and Japanese
  • Philosophy of science and technology
  • All aspects of existentialism, phenomenology, and hermeneutics (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and the interpretation of  religious experience)
  • The History of Irish Thought

Contact Information

Discipline of Philosophy

Ann O'Higgins
Phone: +353 (0)91 492382