Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
BA Hons (TCD, Dublin), MA (SOAS, London), PhD (Edinburgh)
|Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy|
|Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture|
2022-2023: Drop in, 3-5pm Mondays in my office (Room 09 in Old Elvet 48) or Wednesday on zoom (room link). You can also email me to make an 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. I'm also interested in causation.
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 two papers: one concerns the metaphysics of mind found in certain ethical theories, particularly consequentialism. 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 a book).
With Rachael Wiseman, I continue to work on further Quartet-inspired themes and schemes.
I am originally from Dublin and my name Mac Cumhaill is pronounced Mac 'Cool' (a gaelified version of the anglicized Mc Cool, which was the name of this mythical person)
Director of Postgraduate Research (DPGR) - with Peter Vickers
- Philosophy of Action
- Metaphysics and Ontology of Mind
- History of Philosophy
- Philosophy of Perception
- Mac Cumhaill, C & Wiseman, C (Published). Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life. Chatto and Windus (UK), Doubleday (US).
Chapter in book
- Mac Cumhaill, C & Wiseman, R (Published). The Importance of Murdoch's Early Encounters with Anscombe and Marcel. In The Murdochian Mind. Hopwood, M & Panizza, S Routledge.
- Mac Cumhaill, C (Published). Sensation in Intention. In The Anscombean Mind. Haddock, A & Wiseman, R Routledge.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare & Wiseman, Rachael (2021). Sensation and the Grammar of Life: Anscombe’s Procedure and Her Purpose. In Purpose and Procedure in Philosophy of Perception. Logue, Heather & Richardson, Louise Oxford: Oxford University Press. 276-294.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2019). 'Raum' and 'room': Comments on Anton Marty on Space Perception. In Anton Marty and Contemporary Philosophy. Leblanc, H. & Bacligalupo, G. Palgrave McMillan.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2018). Nonsense and Visual Evanescence. In Perceptual Ephemera. Crowther, T. & Mac Cumhaill, C. Oxford University Press.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2017). Night Fight. In The Ontology of Emotions. Naar, H. & Teroni, F. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 187-208.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare & Crowther, Thomas (2018). Perceptual Ephemera. Oxford Oxford University Press.
- Mac Cumhaill, C & Wiseman, R (2022). Mary Midgley: A Celebration. Philosophy, Cambridge University Press.
- Mac Cumhaill, C & Wiseman, R (2022). Interrupting the conversation: Donald MacKinnon, wartime tutor of Anscombe, Midgley, Murdoch and Foot. Journal of the Philosophy of Education 56(6): 838-850.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2022). Bivs, Space and 'in'. Erkenntnis 87(1): 369-392.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2020). Depicting Human Form. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements 87: 151-167.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2020). Still Life, A Mirror: Phasic Memory and Re-encounters with Artworks. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 11(2): 423–446.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2020). Getting the measure of Murdoch's Good. European Journal of Philosophy 28(1): 235-247.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2020). Co-seeing and seeing through: reimagining Kant’s subtraction argument with Stumpf and Husserl. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28(6): 1217-1239.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2018). Absential Locations and the Figureless Ground. Sartre Studies International 24(1): 34-47.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2017). The Tactual Ground, Immersion and "the space between". The Southern Journal of Philosophy 55(1): 5-31.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2015). Perceiving Immaterial Paths. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90(3): 687-715.
- Mac Cumhaill, Clare (2011). Specular Space. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111(3pt3): 487-495.