Maria BaghramianFriday, January 10, 2020
Maria Baghramian is a Professor of American Philosophy, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (UCD). She was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in 2010 and a member of the RIA Council from 2015-2018. Baghramian has published 10 authored and edited books as well as articles and book chapters on topics in epistemology and twentieth century American Philosophy. She was the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies (IJPS) from 2003-2013.
Baghramian's publications focus on topics from contemporary epistemology, including relativism and the problem of intractable disagreements, to topics from trust and expertise. She also publishes on contemporary American Philosophy, particularly on Quine, Putnam, Davidson and Rorty.
Baghramian graduated from Queen's University Belfast in Philosophy and Social Anthropology (1983) with a Double First. 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 1990 in UCD. Baghramian was the Head of the School of Philosophy (2011–2013, 2017-2019) and a co-director of the Post Graduate Programme in Cognitive Science at University College Dublin, UCD (since 2000). She is the founder of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) – Ireland (2010) and was the president for two terms. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013–14 and been a visiting fellow in Harvard, MIT, and Institut Jean Nicod, École normale supérieure, in Paris. She has also been a frequent visiting lecturer in China, where she was adviser to China Association of Philosophy of Language and in Armenia, where she also contributes to the Yerevan Academy of Linguistics and Philosophy. In 2018, Baghramian was elected to the Executive of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies. and in the 2019 to the Programme Committee of the 2023 World Congress of Philosophy to be held in Melbourne.
Baghramian was the principal investigator of a research project on the American Voice in Philosophy with funding from the Irish Research Council and the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. In 2015, she was awarded an Irish Research Council New Horizons funding for the interdisciplinary project on peer expert disagreement 'When Experts Disagree' (WEXD), where her co-investigator was the astrophysicist Luke Drury . Through her membership of the Royal Irish Academy, Baghramian has been an active participant of a British Academy/ALLEA working group on Truth, Trust and Expertise. Three working papers by the groups were published in 2018 and 2019. She was also a member of a SAPEA[ advisory group, responsible for a report to the European Commission's Science Advisory Mechanism on Making Sense of Science Under Conditions of Uncertainty and Complexity published in 2019. In July 2019, Baghramian was awarded three million euro grant by the European Commission for a research project on "the role of science in policy decision making and the conditions under which people should trust and rely on expert opinion that shapes public policy." The project Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action (PEriTiA) runs from 2020-2023 and has partners from universities and academies in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Armenia.
Maria Baghramian was born in Tehran, Iran in an Armenian family but moved to Ireland in 1979 where she has continued to live with her husband, the composer/musicologist Hormoz Farhat. Their son, Robert Farhat is a Talent Developer and Programme Manager with the London Jazz Festival.