Andrew O'Shea


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Andrew is lecturer in philosophy of education and human development. He is currently the Subject Chair of Human Development an interdisciplinary subject on the BAJH, that combines psychology, sociology and philosophy. He teaches in both Humanities and Education while his primary research interests are in the areas of childhood studies,ethics, and identity and dialogue. One of the first graduates of human development in Ireland, he is a strong advocate of cross-disciplinary dialogue that generates both creative and scientific methodologies while enriching understandings of human development for individuals in global and historical contexts.


Year Publication
2012 O'Shea, A. (2012) Selfhood and Sacrifice: René Girard and Charles Taylor on the Crisis of Modernity. New York and London: Continuum Books.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2013 O'Shea, A. (2013) 'Rethinking Transformation in Light of Post-Modern Education: ‘Freire is dead, long live Freire’' In: Pedagogy, Oppression and Transformation in a 'Post-Critical' Climate. London and New York : Continuum.
2011 O'Shea, A. (2011) 'Strong pedagogy and the making of a secular age' In: The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age. UK : Cambridge Scholars.
2007 O'Shea, A. (2007) 'The Lysistrata project: Intercultural resistance and the economy of sacrifice' In: Intercultural spaces: Language, culture, identity. New York : Peter Lang.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2013 O'Shea, A. and O'Brien, M (Ed.). (2013) Pedagogy, Oppression and Transformation in a 'Post-Critical' Climate. New York and London: Continuum Books,
2011 Ó Duibhir, P., McDaid, R., & O'Shea, A (Ed.). (2011) All Changed? Culture and Identity in Contemporary Ireland (The Fifth Seamus Heaney Lecture Series). Dublin, Ireland: Duras Press,

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Andrew O'Shea (2019) 'Memory, Origins and the Searching Quest in Girard's Mimetic Cycle: An Arendtian Perspective'. Forum Philosophicum, 24 (1 Spring 2019):43-90. Link
2017 Andrew O'Shea (2017) 'Book Review: 'Sacrifice in Modern Thought''. Louvain Studies, 40 (2):230-232. Link
2015 O’Shea A.;Lorenzi F. (2015) 'The unquantifiable as a measure of good education'. Ethics and Education, 10 (3):361-371.
2013 O'Shea, A. (2013) 'Wholeness, Transformation and Dialogue in an Age of Global Citizenship'. Irish Educational Studies, Oct .

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2017 O'Brien, M and O'Shea, A (2017) Citizenship Education 100 years on: An SPHE Network conference . In: Anne Marie Kavanagh eds. A Deeper Well: Reclaiming Wellbeing for Teachers of SPHE
2014 O'Shea, A. (2014) Conference on Religion and Violence, Ottowa, Canada . In: Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba eds. Modern Freedom and Creativity in Girard, Eagleton and Taylor Ottawa, Canada,

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2018 Andrew O'Shea (2018) ECER Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research? LEARNING FROM CHARLES TAYLOR'S PHENOMENOLOGY Bolzano, Italy, 03/09/2018-06/09/2018.
2016 O'Brien, M and O'Shea, A (2016) Citizenship Education 100 years on: An SPHE Network conference Keynote: Identity, Wellbeing & SPHE Maynooth University, 11/11/2016-12/11/2016.
2012 O'Shea, A. (2012) ESAI Critical Pedagogy and the Possibilities of Transformation Cork, .
2011 O'Shea, A. (2011) ITE Conference, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin Wholeness, Transformation and Dialogue in an Age of Global Citizenship St. Patrick's College, Dublin, .
2011 O'Shea, A. (2011) Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University, Lithuania Blood in the Word: Violence and Identity in the Work of Seamus Heaney Lithuania, .
2011 O'Shea, A. (2011) The Humanities in Education Seminar, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin The Scene of the Crime: Foundational Violence in the Work of René Girard St. Patrick's College, Dublin, .
2009 O'Shea, A. (2009) Presented to ‘Tracing the Contours of a Secular Age’ Conference Religion, Secular Culture, and ‘the Dark Abyss of Time’ All Hallows College, Dublin, .
2009 O'Shea, A. (2009) Seamus Heaney Lecture Series at St Patrick’s College Chair of the Sixth Seamus Heaney Lecture, introducing Professor Richard Kearney, Boston College, who spoke on “The Poetics of the Stranger” St Patrick's College, Dublin, .
2006 O'Shea, A. (2006) Full length paper presented to the Limerick Philosophical Society (invited speaker) Charles Taylor’s Philosophical Anthropology Likerick, .
2005 O'Shea, A. (2005) Presented to the Conference on Religion and Violence Mimesis and Authenticity Koblenz, Germany, .
2004 O'Shea, A. (2004) Presented at the Voices and Images of Children and Adolescence: Rethinking Young Peoples Identities Conference A child centred strategy? St Patrick's College, Dublin, .
2003 O'Shea, A. (2003) Presented to the Royal Irish Academy The Lysistrata Project Dublin, .
2002 O'Shea, A. (2002) Presented to the British Phenomenological Society, University College Cork The Myth of Sisyphus and Girard’s Concept of ‘Scandal’ Cork, .

Working Paper

Year Publication
2016 O'Brien, M and O'Shea, A (2016) A Human Development (PSP) Framework for Orientating Education and Schools in the Space of Wellbeing. NCCA website: WP Link


Year Publication
2015 O'Shea, A. (2015) Venus of the Night. Exh
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Research Interests

  1. Natality and the Crisis in Education in Arendt's Political Thought
  2. Hope in the PUCA - Possibilities for Critical Pedagogy
  3. Phenomenological Questions for Education (Taylor)
  4. Orienting Education in a Space of Wellbeing
  5. Ethics in Education beyond Post-humanism
  6. Girardian Crises and Educational Beginnings
  7. Childhood: Discontents and Possibilities

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Dialogue across Education and Humanities Conference Project Co-Leader 22/06/2016 24/06/2016

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Introduction to Human Development 1 HD109
2022 Philosophy: Perspectives on Childhood HD114
2020 Recurrent Themes in the History of Ideas HD214
2022 Counselling and Psychotherapy HD313
2022 Therapeutic Approaches,Well-being, Education HD3130