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Dr. Keith Begley
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy


I studied Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) at TCD, and was Captain of the university Aikido club. My final year dissertation was a comparison between the philosophies of Heraclitus and Lao Tzu. I graduated in 2009, and then returned to TCD a year later and enrolled on the Dublin Graduate Philosophy Programme, taking some courses in UCD. My Ph.D. thesis focused on opposites and had two parts, the first was about the Unity of Opposites in Heraclitus, and the second was about antonymy in philosophy of language and linguistics especially in the work of Jerrold J. Katz. I graduated in 2016 and continued working as a philosophy TA and as a research assistant for the MAMMI study in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I have been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy since Michaelmas 2017. I am the Module Coordinator for the new 'History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science' core modules for undergraduate science students.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Keith Begley, Heraclitus' Rebuke of Polymathy: a Core Element in the Reflectiveness of His Thought, History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis , 23, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Begley K, Daly D, Panda S, Begley C, Shared decision‐making in maternity care: Acknowledging and overcoming epistemic defeaters, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 25, (6), 2019, p1113 - 1120 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Keith Begley, Review of Essays on Linguistic Realism , by Christina Behme & Martin Neef (eds.) , The Linguist List , 30, (1644), 2019 Review, 2019 URL

Keith Begley, Review of Heraclitus and Thales' Conceptual Scheme: A Historical Study., by Aryeh Finkelberg , The Classical Review , 68, (2), 2018 Review, 2018 URL

oldthinkful duckspeak refs opposites rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling in, editor(s)Ezio Di Nucci and‎ Stefan Storrie , 1984 and Philosophy: Is Resistence futile? , Open Court, 2018, [Keith Begley] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Research Expertise


My current research includes a project in computational philology (digital humanities). I have developed a computer program in the Python 3 language, for the purpose of investigating an hypothesis regarding palindromic patterns in the fragments of Heraclitus. I recently presented some results at the International Association for Presocratic studies sixth biennial conference in Delphi, Greece. I intend to publish further results soon. I am writing a chapter on Katz' Democritean Semantic Theory for an edited volume on Atomism, and number of research papers on the formalisation of antonymy, and on Heraclitus regarding the Unity of Opposites, Soul, and the Road fragment. I am also doing some interdisciplinary research on the philosophy of shared decision making in midwifery, with some members of the MAMMI team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. My future plans are to extend my research on antonymy, Jerrold J. Katz, semantic realism (Platonism), and non-truth conditional semantics.


Antonymy; Digital Humanities - Computational Philology; Heraclitus; Jerrold J. Katz; METAPHYSICS; SEMANTICS


Awards and Honours

Dermot McAleese Teaching Award Winner 2015

Vice-President of the Metaphysical Society, Dublin University 2016


The International Association for Presocratic Studies 2016