The one-year Higher Diploma in Philosophy gives you a rare chance to study western as well as eastern philosophy. You will study different philosophical concepts and theories, from issues of mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, to society and culture, globalism, and power and territory.
The course begins in September and gives students from all disciplines an opportunity for intensive study in both eastern and western philosophy. Students select 12 modules (60 credits) from year 2 and 3 undergraduate options.
The modules are designed to introduce philosophical questions, theories, and texts in a particular area. They typically involve set readings and writing assignments. It is generally expected that you will have an interest in reading and writing philosophical texts, but specialised knowledge of philosophical concepts or approaches is not presupposed.
In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and become familiar with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge of the history of philosophy and ideas, improve your writing and critical reading skills, and hone your ability to understand and summarise arguments effectively.
Who teaches this course
Vittorio Bufacchi- Political philosophy, especially human rights, social justice, structural injustice, theories of violence, just war theory; Applied ethics.
Jason Dockstader- History of philosophy; Comparative philosophy; Metaethics; Moral psychology
Katherine Furman– Philosophy of science and social science; Philosophy and Public policy, especially health policy; Social epistemology, Applied ethics.
Adam Loughnane- Intercultural philosophy and comparison among the phenomenological and aesthetic traditions of Europe (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger) and East-Asia (Nishida, Ueda, Buddhism, Daoism); Artistic/linguistic expression; Motor-perception; Non-duality; Non-theistic conceptions of Faith; Intercultural meta-comparative methodology.
Cara Nine– Political philosophy, especially global justice, territorial rights, borders, political obligation and resource rights; Applied philosophy.
Don Ross- – Philosophy of economics; Economic experiments; Risk; Addiction; Evolution of sociality and selfhood in humans and other animals; Scientific metaphysics.
Alessandro Salice– Philosophy of Mind, especially collective intentionality, emotion theory, psychopathology, social cognition; Phenomenology, especially early phenomenology and the Brentano School;
Joel Walmsley- Philosophy of cognitive science, especially Artificial Intelligence, Dynamical Systems Theory and 4E cognition; Philosophy of science, especially the concept of explanation; Philosophy of mind, especially emergence, reductionism and the "extended mind" hypothesis; C.D. Broad; cognitive biases in motive attribution.
Why Choose This Course
UCC Philosophy is the only department in Ireland (and one of the only departments in Europe) offering the opportunity to study in three distinct philosophical traditions: Asian Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Analytic Philosophy. This course allows you to acquire a unique comparative philosophical education. Our staff have a distinctive international profile, with members from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA. Together, we bring multiple perspectives to bear on our shared philosophical concerns, and we create a diverse and energetic environment within which to conduct philosophical research.