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Professor of American Philosophy, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

A Professor in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Maria graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in Philosophy and Social Anthropology (1983) with a Double First and received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Philosophy of Logic under the supervision of Timothy Williamson (1990). SheI taught in TCD (1986-1990) and in UCD and since 1990. She was the Head of UCD School of Philosophy (2011-2013) and she has been co-director of the Postgraduate Programme in Cognitive Science, UCD which she co-founded in 2000. She has also held visiting posts in Harvard, MIT, University of Yerevan, the Department of Philosophy, Harvard (February-July 2014), Institut Jean Nicod, École normale supérieure, Paris and various universities in China. Her main research areas are Philosophy of Language, Contemporary American Philosophy (Putnam, Davidson, Rorty and Quine), Relativism, Topics in Cognitive Science; her publications primarily focus on the topic of intractable disagreements in beliefs and values and on Neo-Pragmatism. She was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010 and was awarded a Fulbright senior scholarship in 2013. She was the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2003-2013) and is currently one of the editors of the journal Contemporary Pragmatism. She is a founding member and the current President of Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, SWIP Ireland (2010) and of Aporo: Irish Network of Irish Philosophical Research. She has been an adviser to China Association of Philosophy of Language and Chairperson of the panel of Philosophy and Theology at the Undergraduate Awards. She has organised over 15 major international conferences, including the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (1996 and 2010). She has currently the Principal Investigator of a research project on the American Voice in Philosophy, funded by the Irish Research Council.


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