Philosophies of Anxiety

June 23, 2017
School of Philosophy, University College, Dublin

Salle Michel Guillaume
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 Rue des Irlandais
Paris 75005


  • Marie Curie Actions
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais
  • University College Dublin

Main speakers:

Joseph Cohen
University College Dublin
Shaun Gallagher
University of Memphis
Jean Greisch
l'Institut catholique de Paris
Hugo Hamilton
Hadrien Laroche
Dorothée Legrand
CNRS, ENS, Husserl-Archives, Paris
Dermot Moran
University College, Dublin
Matthew Ratcliffe
University of Vienna


Dylan Trigg
University College Dublin

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Brexit. Trump. Terrorism. The rise of the far-right. 

Anxiety is both everywhere and nowhere at once. At once a condition to be understood in psychiatric and psychoanalytical terms, anxiety is also a political, aesthetic, cultural, and metaphysical affair.

To what extent is anxiety a philosophical problem, though? And what role do art and literature play in articulating the anxieties that are embedded in society? Philosophy and anxiety have a long established history. From Kierkegaard to Heidegger, anxiety has been regarded as the philosophical mood par excellence.

In bringing together a collection of distinguished thinkers and broad perspectives, from phenomenology to psychoanalysis to literature, this colloquium will explore a plurality of anxieties, each of which is central to contemporary culture and thought.


9:30 – 9:45: Dylan Trigg (University College Dublin) Introduction

9:45 – 10:30: Matthew Ratcliffe (University of Vienna) Anxiety and the Loss of Certainty

10:30 – 10:45: Coffee

10:45 – 11:30: Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis) Relational authenticity and being without others

11:30 – 12:15: Dermot Moran (University College Dublin) Embodiment, Empathy, Intercorporeality

12:15 – 13:45: Lunch

13:45 – 14:30: Joseph Cohen (University College Dublin) (TBA)

14:30 – 15:15 - Dorothée Legrand (École normale Supérieure) I am lost: distress and anxiety

15:15 – 15:30: Coffee

15:30 – 16:15: Hadrien Laroche (Writer) Anxiety anguish panic: criticism of radical separation (from a story of a tangara)

Reception: 16:30-17:30

17:30 – 18:15: Jean Greisch (l’Institut Catholique de Paris) The Bright Night of Anguish: Anxiety as a Topic and a Source of Philosophical Questioning

18:15 – 19:00: Hugo Hamilton (Writer) Everywhere and Nowhere

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