Dermot Moran (/məˈrɑːn/) is an Irish philosopher specialising in phenomenology and in medieval philosophy, and he is also active in the dialogue between analytic and continental philosophy. He is currently the inaugural holder of the Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy at Boston College. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a founding editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies.
Dermot Moran was born in Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland. He was educated at Oatlands College, primary and secondary schools where he specialised in the sciences, but was also active in debating in English and Irish. He was awarded the Higgins Gold Medal for Chemistry there in 1968, as well as the Institute of Chemists of Ireland Gold Medal for Chemistry in 1970. He is a published poet and was awarded the Irish Press New Irish Writing literary award for his poetry. Having studied mathematics, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry for the Leaving Certificate examination, he decided to study languages and literature in university.
He entered University College Dublin in 1970 on the basis of a UCD entrance scholarship and completed his BA in 1973, graduating with a double first class honours degree in English and philosophy. He was the recipient of Wilmarth Lewis Scholarship to Yale University for graduate study. He graduated from Yale University with MA (1974), MPhil (1976) and PhD (1986) degrees in philosophy. He then returned to Ireland to take up a post at Queen's University of Belfast. He taught at Queen's Belfast from 1979 to 1982, and then moved to a permanent lectureship in St Patrick's College Maynooth, then a Recognised College of the National University of Ireland.
In 1989, he was appointed to the chair of philosophy (metaphysics and logic) at University College Dublin. In 1992–1993, he was distinguished visiting professor at Connecticut College, and in fall 2003 and spring 2006 he was Lynette S. Autry Professor of Humanities at Rice University. In 2007 he was visiting professor at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is a visiting professor in other institutions around the world, including Sorbonne, University at Albany, SUNY, Catholic University of Leuven, Trinity College Dublin, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
He has been an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy since March 2003, and has been involved in the Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie, the highest non-governmental world organisation for philosophy, since the 1980s.
He is the Founding Editor of International Journal of Philosophical Studies, founded in 1993 and published by Routledge, and co-editor of Contributions To Phenomenology book series, published by Springer.
His monograph "Introduction to Phenomenology" was awarded the Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology (2001) and was translated into Chinese. A Turkish translation of the book is in preparation. Moran served both as president of the programme committee for the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy which took place in Athens from 4–10 August 2013, and as president of the 24th World Congress of Philosophy which took place in Beijing from 13 to 20 August 2018.
In 2010 he was guest professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Edwin Cheng Foundation Summer School in Phenomenology.
Areas of specialization
Phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger)
Medieval philosophy (especially Christian Neoplatonism, John Scottus Eriugena, Nicholas of Cusa)
Philosophy of mind and cognitive science (intentionality, consciousness, embodiment, empathy)
Modern European philosophy (especially Descartes, Kant, German Idealism)
Relations between analytic and continental philosophy
History of twentieth-century philosophy
Areas of competence
Philosophy of mind (esp. Dennett, Searle, Putnam)
Metaphysics (Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant)
Fellowships and awards
Chief investigator, The Constitution of Personal Identity: Self-Consciousness, Agency, and Mutual Recognition [Dr. James Jardine], Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2017–2018). (Value: €45,895.00).
Chief investigator, The Political Philosophy of the Wartime Kyoto School and its Intellectual Potential: Tanabe Hajime, Miki Kiyoshi and Nishitani Keiji in Comparative Perspective [Dr Kenn Nakata Steffensen], Irish Research Council Elevate Extension award (2017–2018). Project ID: ELEVATEPD/2014/30. (Value: €60,309).
Chief investigator, The Political Philosophy of the Wartime Kyoto School and its Intellectual Potential: Tanabe Hajime, Miki Kiyoshi and Nishitani Keiji in Comparative Perspective [Dr Kenn Nakata Steffensen], Irish Research Council Elevate Marie Curie award, 2014–2018. (Value: €60,309).
Chief investigator, The Phenomenology of Self-Esteem [Dr Anna Bortolan], Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, 2016–2018. (Value: €92,000).
Chief investigator, Sensing the Other: Habit(us), Practical Reason and Empathy [Dr Elisa Magrì], Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, 2016–2018. (Value: €92,000).
Chief investigator, The Social Matrix: An Investigation of the Subjective Bases of Violence, Destructiveness and Ethical Failure [Dr Anya Daly], Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, 2016–2018. (Value: €92,000).
Chief investigator, Towards a Phenomenology of the Anxious Body [Dr Dylan Trigg], Marie Curie award (2014–2017), FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF 624968. (Value €263,058).
Chief investigator, The Affective Ground of Philosophy in Heidegger (Dr. Christos Hadjioannou). Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, 2016–2017. (Value: €45,895.00).
Catechetics Trust Newman fellowship in the Philosophy of Religion (2014–2016), UCD. Empathic Subjectivity. Edith Stein on the Phenomenology of Empathy [Dr Elisa Magrì] (Value: €92,000).
Chief investigator, IRC PhD Scholarsdhip., The Forms of Intersubjectivity in Scheler (2013–2017) [Cinzia Ruggeri]. (Value: €96,000.00).
Principal investigator, UCD Seed Funding Career Development Award. Project title: SOCIUS: Exploring the Interpersonal World through Phenomenology, 2013–2015 (€10,883.00).
Principal investigator, UCD Seed Funding Award. Project title: Empathy and Community: John Henry Newman and Edith Stein, 2013–2015. (Value: €1,227.00).
Principal investigator, Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Advanced Collaborative Research Project Grant, 2012–2013. Project title: ‘Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality’. (Value: €119,099).
Principal investigator, Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Project: Intersubjectivity, Power and Critique: Axel Honneth and the Project of Critical Theory, UCD 2012–2013 (value €39,378).
Principal investigator, Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Project Merleau-Ponty and the Prehistory of the Subject, UCD 2012–2014 (value: €78,756).
Co-investigator, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant, ‘Discovering Canada's Contributions to the Origins of the International Phenomenological Movement in the Winthrop Bell Papers, 2012–2014 (Canadian Dollars $199,398.00).
Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. Title: “Judgment, Responsibility and the life-world: The phenomenological critique of formalism”, 2010–2012 (Value: Aus$167,000).
Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Research Development Initiative Grant, 2008–2011 (value: €99,600). Project title: „The Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity‟
Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. Title: “Judgment, Responsibility and the life-world: The phenomenological critique of formalism”, 2010–2013 (value 167,000 Australian dollars)
University College Dublin President's Sabbatical Fellowship 2003–2004
Senior fellowship, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), Government of Ireland, 2002–2003
Awarded Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology (2001)
University College Dublin, President's Fellowship 1996–1997
DAAD Postdoctoral Award, Germany, 1989
British Academy, travel grant
Yale University postgraduate fellowships 1973–1978
Yale Concilium for Area Studies Award, 1978
Magennis Prize in Philosophy, University College Dublin 1973
Gold Medal for Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, 1970
University College Dublin, entrance scholarship 1970