My research revolves around four central areas:

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of the Self

Philosophy of Time

Philosophy of Violence

In each domain I take a rigorously phenomenological and historical informed approach. I understand research in Philosophy as the attempt to think in a sustained and comprehensive way about fundamental issues, which concern us deeply. While my research is wide-ranging, the themes are interconnected: my work on religion resonates with my writings on violence and time and my concern with the self addresses questions of responsibility, identity and happiness.

With the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and fellow contributors to Philosophy and Public Matters, ed. by Keith Breen and Alyn Fives, London: Palgrave, 2016
With the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and fellow contributors to Philosophy and Public Matters, ed. by Keith Breen and Alyn Fives.

selected publications

Philosophy of Religion

“The Passionate Self and the Religiosity of Phenomena”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 33, No. 1, (2019), pp. 56-77.

A Phenomenology of Christian Life: Glory and Night. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013 252pp.

Philosophy of Time

“Timely/Untimely: The Rhythm of Things and the Time of Life”, in Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2018), pp. 178-200.

The Time of Revolution. Kairos and Chronos in Heidegger. London: Bloomsbury, 2012, 246pp.

Philosophy of the Self

The Formation of the Modern Self: Reason, Happiness and the Passions from Montaigne to Kant. London: Bloomsbury, 2022, 252pp.

[With Ane Faugstand Aarø} “Cartesian Soul: Embodiment and Phenomenology in the Wake of Descartes”, in C. Elbsy & A. Massecar: Essays on Aesthetic Genesis Washington D.C.: University Press of America, 2016, pp. 43-65.

Philosophy of Violence

“Violent Times, the Horror of the Unspeakable and the Temporality of Religious Experience”, Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 53, (2020), 287–302.

“The Temporality of Violence: Destruction, Dissolution and the Construction of Sense” in C. Sternad (ed.): Philosophical Reflections on Violence and Meaning, London: Palgrave and McMillan, 2019, pp. 41-58.

graduate opportunities

Supervising PhD dissertations and mentoring Graduate students is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I have supervised many PhD theses on philosophers ranging from Kierkegaard to Derrida and topics ranging from Violence to Translation.

PhD.    17 successful completions

M.A.    14 successful completions

M.Litt. 2 successful completions

Expressions of interest would be welcome from students wishing to research in any of the above areas within the Phenomenological tradition.


Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and President of the Irish Philosophical Society. 

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