Eoin O'Connell

Eoin O'Connell

Associate Professor

Department : Philosophy

Email : eoin.oconnell@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-3869

Office : DLS 436


PHD, Fordham University
MA, Fordham University
MA, University College, Dublin
MPHIL, Trinity College - Dublin
BA, University College, Dublin


  • Kant, especially Kant’s practical philosophy; moral philosophy; epistemology; aesthetics; the history of philosophy.

Professional Experience

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association
  • North American Kant Society

Publications & Professional Activities

  • "Kantian Moral Retributivism: Suffering, Punishment, and the Highest Good," Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol 52 (4), December 2014. 
  • “Happiness Proportioned to Virtue: Kant and the Highest Good,” Kantian Review, Vol 17 (2), July 2012.
  • “Motivation, Futility & the Highest Good in Kant’s Practical Philosophy,” Rethinking Kant: Current Trends in North American Kantian Scholarship, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).
  • “Secularization and the Experience of Futility,” Rethinking Secularization: Philosophy and the Prophecy of a Secular Age. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Conference Presentations:

  • "Suffering, Retribution, and the Highest Good in Kant's Moral Philosophy." Long Island Philosophical Society, 2012.
  • “Futility Judgements.” Long Island Philosophical Society, 2011.
  • “Kant and the End of Faith.” The Philosophical Red Star Line, Fordham University, 2007.
  • “Motivation, Futility & the Highest Good in Kant’s Practical Philosophy.”North American Kant Society Eastern Study Group, 2007.
  • “Added Incentives.”The Northern New England Philosophical Association, 2005.


Co-Coach, Manhattan College Debate Team, 2008 - 2011

Courses Taught/Teaching

  • PHIL 321      Kant
  • PHIL 216      Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 214      Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 399      Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 399      Philosophy of Art
  • PHIL 150      Roots: Philosophy
  • PHIL 201      Ethics
  • PHIL 213      Introduction to Logic