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Professor Paul O'Grady

Professor (Philosophy)

Head of School (Sch Office Social Sciences & Philosophy)

My initial work in philosophy was on the philosophy of logic of Wittgenstein"s Tractatus (MA UCD 1990) and the debate about analyticity between Carnap and Quine (PhD TCD 1996). From this I became interested in the issue of cognitive relativism, how it emerged from this classic tradition of analytic philosophy and developed in later figures such as Davidson, Putnam and Rorty. I published Relativism (Routledge 2002) and a number of papers in this area. I worked at St Catherine"s college Oxford, coming back to TCD in 1997 and being made Fellow in 2003. Paralleling this I also had an interest in Philosophy of Religion, especially in the work of Thomas Aquinas, read in an analytic idiom. I published Philosophical Theology (Priory Institute 2008), Aquinas"s Philosophy of Religion (Palgrave 2014) and various papers on this. Training in and being accredited as a psychotherapist (MIACP 2009) led me to think about the factors that influence one"s choice of topic and style of doing philosophy. In recent years I have been writing about this, using ideas from virtue epistemology (specifically about the virtue of wisdom) and thinking about the connection between biography and philosophy. I edited Consolations of Philosophy: Reflections in an Economic Downturn (Dublin 2011). I was Head of Dept of Philosophy 2015-2020, becoming a member of College Council and also Head of School of Social Sciences and Philosophy in 2022.
  AQUINAS   Epistemology   History of anlytical philosophy   Philosophy   Philosophy of religion   WISDOM
 Wisdom and Virtue Epistemology
 Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion
 Cognitive Relativism

Paul O'Grady, "Wisdom and Methodological Diversity in Philosophy of Religion", Religious Studies, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, "Philosophy and Biography", Metaphilosophy, 2023, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Paul O'Grady, "Aquinas on Wisdom", New Blackfriars, Vol.104, (n.1113), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, "Incommensurability and Wisdom: Reply to Duttweiler", Theophron Journal of Christian Studies, Vol.2, (n.1), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, "McCabe: Philosophy and Theology", Doctrine and Life, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
"Aquinas and Agnosticism" in, F.Fallon and G.Hyman , Agnosticism: Explorations in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, [Paul O'Grady], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
"Relativism and Religion" in, editor(s)Martin Kusch , The Routledge Handbook of Relativism, London, Routledge, 2020, [Paul O'Grady], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, La Philosophie de la Religion de Thomas d'Aquin, Rennes, Presses Universitaries de Rennes, 2019, Book, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, "Theoretical Wisdom", Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol.54, (N.1), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul O'Grady, "Existence and Wisdom", Annals of Philosophy, Vol.67, (N.4), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Award Date
Finalist Provost's Teaching Award 2004
Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2003
D. Phil by Incorporation, Oxford University 1997
American Philosophical Association Essay Prize 1998
International Bertrand Russell Society Essay Prize 1995
Honorary President of the Theological Society 2000-2002
I work in two areas of analytical philosophy - epistemology and philosophy of religion. In epistemology I am particularly interested in cognitive relativism, contextualism, and the a priori. In philosophy of religion I work on classical theistic arguments, particularly those associated with Aquinas and his conception of the nature of God. I am currently completing a book entitled 'Aquinas's Philosophy of Religion''.