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The Irish Enlightenment

4 March | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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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4 March
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map