Departmental Conference 2019

Irish Philosophy in The Age of Berkeley

Trinity College Dublin

 

5- 6 April 2019

 

George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.

 


The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753), including  Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Edward Synge (1659–1741); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); Henry Maul (1676-1758); Mary Barber (c. 1685-1755); Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746); Constantia Grierson (1704-1732); Laetitia Pilkington (c. 1709-1750); and John Austin (1717-1784).

 

The papers address:

 

  • The Irish context of Berkeley’s philosophy.
  • The philosophical work of other Irish thinkers active during Berkeley’s lifetime.
  • The reception within Ireland of other philosophical figures, ideas, and movements.
  • The reception of Irish philosophy outside Ireland.

Papers presented at the conference will be published as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements series, Cambridge University Press.



Past and Forthcoming Conferences

1986 Belfast: Moral Philosophy

1987 York: Philosophy and Medical Welfare

1989 Glasgow: Explanation

1990 Lampeter: Human Beings

1991 Liverpool: Philosophy, Religion, and the Spiritual Life

1992 Birmingham: Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science

1993 Cardiff: Philosophy and the Natural Environment

1994 Bradford: Philosophy and Technology

1995 Ulster: Philosophy and Pluralism

1996 Reading: Thought and Language

1997 St Andrews: Philosophy and Public Affairs

1999 Edinburgh: Naturalism, Evolution and Mind

2000 LSE: Time, Reality and Experience

2001 Manchester: Philosophy and the Emotions

2002 Oxford: Agency and Action

2003 Durham: The Philosophy of Need

2004 Cambridge: Preferences and Well-Being

2005 Hertfordshire: Narrative and Understanding Persons

2006 Leeds: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics

2007 UCL: Kant and the Philosophy of Science Today

2008 Liverpool: Philosophy as Therapeia

2009 Edinburgh: The Metaphysics of Consciousness

2010 Oxford Brookes: Human Nature

2011 University of the West of England: Human Experience and Nature

2012 Universities of Leeds and Nottingham: Aesthetics and Science

2013 University of Glasgow: Philosophy and Museums

2014 University College Dublin: Supererogation

2015 Heythrop College: Religious Epistemology

2016 University of Exeter: Moral Enhancement

2017 University of Sheffield: Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice

2018 UCL: Expressivisms, Knowledge and Truth

2019 Trinity College Dublin: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

2020 University of Liverpool: Meaning in Life and the Knowledge of Death