Welcome to New Students
Thank you for your interest in the Philosophy Department at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. The Department of Philosophy was founded at the College in 1974 to provide a subject programme in Philosophy for the newly established B.Ed. Degree for Primary Teaching. Today the Department of Philosophy continues to offer Philosophy in the B.Ed. and B.A. Degree programmes, as well as offering opportunities for post-graduate study in Philosophy (by research and thesis) leading to postgraduate degrees. The Department also offers a taught MA in Philosophy and Literature, in conjunction with the Departments of English and a Structured PhD in Philosophy of Art and Culture, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy NUI Galway and the History Department, University of Limerick.
Our undergraduate degree programme consists of a broad and accessible initiation to Philosophy. The Department enjoys an international reputation for research and an excellent teaching record, with members active on a range of national and international bodies. Our dedicated lecturers are here to make your time as a Philosophy student as enjoyable and as educationally inspiring as possible. As such, our department provides a supportive and friendly environment for students, with a distinctive range of modules and extra-curricular activities. Our programme is structured to provide students with the skills necessary to appreciate more fully the central concerns of human existence and to develop abilities in problem-solving, reflective communication, persuasion, writing, and critical thinking.
Students, along with parents and friends, often assume that the only undergraduates who study philosophy are those who intend to pursue degrees in philosophy and theology. The breadth of skills developed, however, makes the study of philosophy appropriate for students entering professional fields such as health care, law, media, publishing, business and education, and for those preparing for postgraduate work in the humanities or the social sciences.
Philosophy can be humanistic or technical, historical or contemporary, theoretical or practical. The Philosophy Department at Mary Immaculate College is committed to offering a programme which allows its undergraduates to engage all of these facets of the subject. Philosophy's humanistic dimension involves the cultivation of the skills of close reading and careful interpretation of texts, as well as reflection on the largest of questions about who we are and what our place is in the world. Yet it equally involves reflection on the very intellectual capacities which we bring to bear in such reflection; and this means that philosophy has also always been concerned with the refinement and continual improvement of our exercise of such capacities.
To gain a sense of the intellectual atmosphere of the department and the nature of the subject, please browse the departmental webpages, and contact members of the department if you have any questions about our programme. Further details regarding course content and staff research interests may be found by following the links on the left.
Dr Niall Keane
Head of the Department of Philosophy