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Maria Baghramian

Baghramian, Maria
Professor Maria Baghramian, UCD School of Philosophy
Born Tehran, Iran
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic Philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of language, relativism, American 20th century philosophy

Maria Baghramian is a professor of philosophy at the University College Dublin (UCD).[1] Her main research areas are philosophy of language, relativism and rationality, 20th-century American Philosophy (Putnam, Davidson, Rorty, Quine), pragmatism, philosophy of mind, Cognitive Science. Her research and publications primarily focus on discussions of objectivity, relativism and pluralism as solutions to the intractable diversity of beliefs and values, and on contemporary American Philosophy, particularly as it relates to the work of Quine, Davidson, Putnam and Rorty. She was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010.[2] Since 2003 she has been the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (IJPS).[3]

Baghramian graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in Philosophy and Social Anthropology (1983) with a Double First.[4] She received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Philosophy of Logic under the supervision of Timothy Williamson (1990). Baghramian has taught in TCD and since 1991 in UCD. She is the Head of the School of Philosophy (2011-2013) and a co-director of the Post Graduate Programme in Cognitive Science at UCD (since 2000).[5]

Baghramian is the founder and the president of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) – Ireland [6] (2010) and of Aporo: Irish Network of Philosophical Research.[7] She is an adviser to China Association of Philosophy of Language[8] and Chairperson of the panel of Philosophy and Theology at the Undergraduate Awards.[9] She has organised the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association conferences in 1996 and 2010.[10] She is the principal investigator of a research project on the American Voice in Philosophy [11] with the Irish Research Council. [12] In the academic year 2013-14, she was a visiting Philosophy Fellow and Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Harvard (February-July 2014), a visiting Scholar at Institut Jean Nicod, École normale supérieure, in Paris (Autumn 2013), a lecturer at the 2013 Autumn School in Yerevan State University [13] and at the 2014 Oxford/Yale Summer School in Philosophy in China.

Maria Baghramian was born in Tehran, Iran in an Armenian family and is married to the composer/musicologist Hormoz Farhat.

Selected works

  • (Ed.) (2014) The Many Faces of Relativism. London/New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • (Ed.) (2013) Donald Davidson: Life and Words. London/NewYork: Routledge.
  • (Ed.) (2012) Reading Putnam. London/New York: Routledge.
  • (2004) Relativism: The Problems of Philosophy Series. London/New York: Routledge.
  • (Ed.) (2000) with Atracta Ingram. Pluralism: The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity. London/New York: Routledge. [14] Translated into Chinese.[15]
  • (1999) Modern Philosophy of Language. London: J.M. Dent 1998 and Washington:Counterpoint 1999.


  1. ^ Academic profile at UCD School of Philosophy
  2. ^ Royal Irish Academy members
  3. ^ International Journal of Philosophical Studies, IJPS
  4. ^ Baghramian UCD Research Portal Page
  5. ^ UCD Cognitive Science webpage
  6. ^ Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) – Ireland
  7. ^ APORO
  8. ^ Philosophy of Language in China
  9. ^ The Undergraduate Awards
  10. ^ UCD Joint Session
  11. ^ American Voice in Philosophy
  12. ^ Irish Research Council
  13. ^ Analytical philosophy Autumn school YSU
  14. ^ The Kindle edition of the pluralism
  15. ^ Chinese translation of Pluralism
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