The Irish Enlightenment

March 4, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forum for Philosophy

Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building, LSE
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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London School of Economics

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All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door

Though often overlooked in discussions of the Enlightenment, Ireland was a vibrant centre for intellectuals of many stripes. Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, George Berkeley, and many others made lasting contributions to literature, philosophy, politics, and science. How did the turbulent political times of eighteenth-century Ireland affect this intellectual landscape? Is there something distinctively Irish about this writing? We discuss the thought and times of this remarkable group of thinkers.


Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, Oxford

Katherine O’Donnell, Associate Professor in History of Ideas, UCD

Tom Stoneham, Professor of Philosophy, University of York


Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, UCD

In association with the British Society for the History of Philosophy

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