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Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy



Office hours: 

2023-2024: Drop in, 2-4pm Tuesdays in my office (Room 09 in Old Elvet 48). You can also email me to make a zoom appointment.

I have broad interests in philosophy, though most of my writing circles around space-perception, the nature of human action, and form in art. 

My approach tends to be fairly historical and I enjoy collaboration. Since 2015 I have been working closely with Rachael Wiseman on the Women In Parenthesis project, one of the fruits of which is our co-authored book Metaphysical Animals. We've also run a number of spin-off activities, including Notes from a Biscuit Tin and Philosophy by Postcard. You can join the Mapping the Quartet network (for researchers working on one or all of Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot or Mary Midgley) here.

This year I am working on a number of areas: the metaphysics of mind found in certain ethical theories, rules and convention, and structural explanation. I am also trying to contexualise Anscombe's philosophy of action in a mid-century (and earlier) interest in the paranormal. And I am always thinking about empty space (the topic of my 2012 PhD and hopefully one day some form of book).

With Rachael Wiseman, I continue to work on further Quartet-inspired themes and schemes. I am also part of the research collaboration Sense Perception in the North (SPIN) with fellow philosophers of perception from Leeds, York and Liverpool.

I am originally from Dublin and my name Mac Cumhaill is pronounced Mac 'Cool' (a gaelified version of the anglicized Mc Cool, which is the name of this mythical person)

Administrative Role

Director of Postgraduate Research (DPGR) - with James Miller

Research interests

  • History of Philosophy
  • Metaphysics and Ontology of Mind
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Perception


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