Dr Noel Kavanagh

Lecturer in Philosophy

Telephone

059 915 3224

Location

First Floor, Middle House

Dr Noel Kavanagh is a lecturer in Philosophy at the Department of Humanities, Carlow College. A native of Kildare, he entered third level education as a mature student in 1992, gaining his Ph.D. at Maynooth University in 2005. His primary area of interest is the concept of love in philosophy and culture. Current areas of research include phenomenological psychology and the interconnections between philosophy, psychoanalysis and Literature. He is the author of several articles and presentations on these topics. Recent publications include ‘The Application and Uses of Ethics in Early Childhood Education and Care’ in Early Childhood Education and Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland, edited by Maire Mhic Mhathuna and Dr Mark Taylor, Gill and Macmillan and ‘Post Modern Mods’ in Sussed: A Guide to Modernism.

Noel’s primary areas of research include phenomenological psychology and the interconnections between philosophy, psychoanalysis and Literature.

Chapters in Books:

‘The Application and Uses of Ethics in Early Childhood Education and Care’ in Early Childhood Education and Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland, edited by Maire Mhic Mhathuna and Dr Mark Taylor, Gill and Macmillan 2012.

Peer reviewed journal articles:

  • The Validity of Narcissistic Re-appropriation: A Critique of Levinas’ Eros. Published in The Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society 2001.
  • What Can Husserl Say about Love? Published in The Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society 2002.
  • Brentano and Husserl on the Phenomenon of Love. Published in Maynooth Philosophical Papers 2004.
  • Love and Poesis: The Ambivalent Creation of a Haunted Truth, In The International Journal of Political Anthropology 2015.

Other publications:

  • Thoughts on the Origin of the Humanities. Published in The Carlovian 2008.
  • Post Modern Mods in Sussed: A Guide to Modernism 2013.
  • Article for Irish Times’ Unthinkable Column on The Philosophy of Love.

Interviews/presentations:

  • Lecture on the Philosophy of Love in VISUAL Carlow.
  • Radio Interview on the Philosophy of the Car.
  • Radio interview on the philosophy of leisure and leisure space.
  • Utopias: A Public Discussion. A round table public discussion with Dermot Ferriter (broadcaster and historian) and Sean Hardie (writer and director). In Association with Carlow University MFA and Eigse 06’ Carlow Arts Festival.
  • Radio Interview on Ethics in Business on KCLR’s ‘ The Bottom Line’

Academic Conferences

DateName and location of ConferenceTitle of Paper Presented
2000Irish Philosophical Society Autumn conference, NUIM.Myth as Paradigm in Plato’s Philosophy of Love
2000Irish Philosophical Society Spring conference, NUIM.The Validity of Narcissistic Reappropriation: A Critique of Levinas’ Eros
2001Irish Philosophical Society Postgraduate Colloquium.Time, Memory and Love in Proust
2002Irish Philosophical Society Autumn conference, UCD.What Can Husserl Say about Love?
2006Staff/Postgraduate Colloquium, Carlow College.A Phenomenological Critique of Carl Rogers’ concept of Empathy.
2006Visiting Speaker Series, Department of Philosophy, NUIM.Does Carl Rogers Need a Theory of Empathy?
2009Visiting Speaker Series, Department of Philosophy, NUIG.In What Sense can you have a Phenomenology of Love? An investigation of Marion’s Erotic Phenomenon
2010Irish Philosophical Society, Futures of Phenomenology Conference, NUIG.In What Sense can you have a Phenomenology of Love? An investigation of Marion’s Erotic Phenomenon
2011Invited Speaker Series, Department of Philosophy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.An Outline of an Hauntology of Love
2013Social Care Ireland Conference: Change, Challenge, Opportunity‘Against’ Ethics in Social Care Theory and Practice
2013Sixth International Political Anthropology Workshop in IrelandLove and Poesis: The Ambivalent creation of a Haunted Truth
2014WIT Sociology Dept. Visiting lecture seriesPlato’s Aristophanes, Plato’s Ghost: A Short History of Love
2014Irish Phenomenological Circle Symposium: Nietzsche and NihilismNietzsche on ‘Truth Telling and lying in a Non-Moral Sense’

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Maynooth University)