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Cillian Ó Fathaigh


Postdoc Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Cillian Ó Fathaigh is Research Fellow in the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His research interests are in twentieth-century Francophone philosophy and its capacity to address contemporary social and political problems.

Dr Ó Fathaigh completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Before taking up his position at UCM, he was a Research Fellow on the "Spaces of Translation" project, a major AHRC-DFG funded project, shared between Nottingham Trent University and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He previously taught at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and has been a scholar at both Trinity College, Dublin, and St. John’s College, Cambridge, and an invited student at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm). In 2021, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Centre for the History of Ideas, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University Milan. He is Communications Officer for the Society for European Philosophy. In 2022, he secured seed-funding from Una Europa to establish the “Digital Public Space Research Network”, a collaboration between UCM, KU Leuven and the University of Edinburgh.

His work has been published or is forthcoming in prestigious international journals, including The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy, Paragraph, Philosophy & Social Criticism and Derrida Today. Today. He has also co-edited two volumes:  Derrida’s Politics of Friendship: Amity & Enmity (Edinburgh University Press, 2022) and #NousSommes (Peter Lang, 2020).

With age, the health and social needs of older adults become more complex. Multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more chronic diseases, occurs in more than half of adults over 65 years of age. At the same time, there is less availability of informal caregivers due to a narrower base in the population pyramid, the increasing number of women who have started working and the greater geographical distance between parent(s) and child(ren). The demand for health services and other forms of support (cleaning help, hot meals, etc.) is therefore increasing.

For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.

Joost Van Meerbeeck

Co-Chair LIAS/LIAS Foundation