Dr Sinead Murphy
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Sinead Murphy holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, a MA in Modern English Literature, a Higher Diploma in Education, and a PhD in Philosophy. She has previously worked at National University of Ireland, Cork.
Sinéad Murphy’s research interests arise out of the philosophical debate over whether it is possible to identify or presuppose universal and necessary conditions for human thought and action, or whether conventional sufficiency conditions constitute the limit of our capacity for critique. Kant’s Critique of Judgment, which would justify the heuristic presupposition of transcendental grounds for thought and action that comes to define Enlightenment philosophy, operates centrally in her research, as the canonical attempt to reconcile human historicity with truth and its critique, and as a productive reference point for work on subsequent philosophical efforts to improve on this attempt, most notably in: hermeneutics, critical theory and postmodern philosophy. As a rich site of contemporary philosophical work on this debate, the aesthetic, and questions of the nature and judgment of art, are of particular interest.
Most recently, Sinead is working to identify aspects of the Enlightenment attitude of 'critique' as significantly determining of contemporary efforts to articulate a mode of resistance to post-Fordist societies of 'control,' most notably those of the Italian Paolo Virno, and of the French Tiqqun/The Invisible Committee.
Sinéad’s other areas of expertise include: the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Michel Foucault, and Jean-François Lyotard; theories of art and interpretation; and the theme of practical reason.
Sinéad has just completed a book entitled Zombie University: Thinking Under Control, due for publication by Repeater Press in Autumn 2017.
Sinead has been a panel speaker at many national and international academic conferences, most recently at the annual conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy, London 2016.
Sinead currently teaches on the following modules: PHI3005 Knowledge, Power, Desire; PHI2005 Consciousness, Art, and Technology.
- Murphy S. From Blank to Blank: Harold Bloom and the Woman Writer. In: Allen, G., Sellars, R, ed. The Salt Companion to Harold Bloom. London: Salt Publishing, 2007, pp.378-392.
- Murphy S. Avant-Garde or Pré-Jugé?. Contemporary Aesthetics 2005, 3.
- Murphy S. Forms of the Avant-Garde. In: Crowley, P., Hegarty, P, ed. Functions of the Formless. Bern: Peter Lang, 2004. In Press.
- Murphy S. Proud but Poor: Beckett, the Sublime and the Synthetic a priori. In: Carney, J., Madden, L., O'Sullivan, M., White, K, ed. Beckett Re-Membered: After the Centenary. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012, pp.37-60.
- Murphy S. The Art Kettle. Alresford: Zero Books, 2012.
- Murphy S. Effective History: On Critical Practice Under Historical Conditions. USA: Northwestern University Press, 2010.
- Murphy S. Vivienne Westwood: Keeping Critique Alive. In: Scapp, R; Seitz , B, ed. Fashion Statements: On Style, Appearance, and Reality. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, pp.159-170.
- Murphy S. Zombie University: Thinking Under Control. Repeater, 2017. In Press.