Dr Keith Begley

Dr Keith Begley

Maynooth University – Department of Philosophy


General CV

I studied Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) at Trinity College Dublin 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. I was a Postgraduate Representative, Head Teaching Assistant, and TA Representative in the Department of Philosophy. In 2015, I was a Dermot McAleese Teaching Award Winner, awarded by the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. In 2016, I was elected as an Honorary Vice-President of the Metaphysical Society, Dublin University. 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. After graduating in 2016, I continued working as a philosophy TA and as a research assistant for the MAMMI study in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy during the 2017–2020 academic years, and I designed and coordinated the inaugural year of the ‘History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science’ core modules for undergraduate science students. In 2021, I graduated with a Higher Diploma in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and I was a Demonstrator in the School of Computer Science during the 2021–22 academic year. In 2022, I graduated with an M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCD, before joining the Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University, as an Assistant Lecturer.


Begley, K. (2022) ‘Knowing Opposites and Formalising Antonymy’, Special Issue on Language and Perception, Epistemology & Philosophy of Science 59(2): 85–101. https://doi.org/10.5840/eps202259226

Begley, K. (2021) Review of The Structure of Enquiry in Plato’s Early Dialogues, by Vasilis Politis, Platonic and Neoplatonic Thought – and Action: Essays in Honour of Andrew Smith, Classics Ireland 27: 301–303.

Begley, K. (2021) Review of Plato’s Essentialism: Reinterpreting the Theory of Forms, by Vasilis Politis, Platonic and Neoplatonic Thought – and Action: Essays in Honour of Andrew Smith, Classics Ireland 27: 304–306.

Begley, K. (2021) ‘The only constant is…misunderstanding of Heraclitus’, Edinburgh University Press Blog. Online. https://euppublishingblog.com/2021/07/19/misunderstanding-of-heraclitus/

Begley, K. (2021) ‘Heraclitus against the Naïve Paratactic Metaphysics of Mere Things’, in Colin Smith (ed.), Special Issue: Presocratic Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy Today: DIALOGOI 3(1): 74–97.

Begley, K., Begley, C., Smith, V. (2021) ‘Shared decision‐making and maternity care in the deep learning age: Acknowledging and overcoming inherited defeaters’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 27(3): 497–503.

Begley, K. (2020) ‘Heraclitus’ Rebuke of Polymathy: A Core Element in the Reflectiveness of His Thought’, History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 23(1): 21–50.

Begley, K. (2020) ‘Atomism and Semantics in the Philosophy of Jerrold Katz’, in U. Zilioli (ed.), Atomism in Philosophy: A History from Antiquity to the Present. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 312–330.

Begley, K. (2020) Review of Heraclitus. The Inception of Occidental Thinking and Logic: Heraclitus’s Doctrine of the Logos, by Martin Heidegger, Classics Ireland 26: 164–167.

Begley, K., Daly, D., Panda, S., Begley, C. (2019) ‘Shared decision‐making in maternity care: Acknowledging and overcoming epistemic defeaters’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 25(6): 1113–1120.

Begley, K. (2019) Review of Essays on Linguistic Realism, by C. Behme and M. Neef (eds.), The Linguist List 30.1644.

Begley, K. (2018) ‘oldthinkful duckspeak refs opposites rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling’, in Ezio Di Nucci and‎ Stefan Storrie (eds.), 1984 and Philosophy: Is Resistence futile?. Chicago: Open Court, 255–265. 

Begley, K. (2018) Review of Heraclitus and Thales’ Conceptual Scheme: A Historical Study, by Aryeh Finkelberg, The Classical Review 68(2): 327–328.