Is your school ‘tastefully’ Catholic? The branding of education
- October 17, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Snobbery surrounding First Communion shows up deep divisions in society
Does the scale of the universe make human life pointless?
- October 3, 2017, 06:01
Unthinkable: Reflecting on our place within the cosmos can be deflating
A plan to save Europe: Pay every EU citizen a ‘Eurodividend’
- September 12, 2017, 06:15
Unthinkable: Finland has piloted a basic income scheme; could the EU follow suit?
Why poorly-designed cities are bad for your mental health
- September 5, 2017, 06:15
Unthinkable: Bad environmental design can cause stress, alienation and even depression
Onora O’Neill: ‘We have some very skilful faking going on’
- August 26, 2017, 06:00
It’s getting harder to distinguish between truth and lies but ‘people can learn to make better judgements’ about who to trust, say(...)
Paul Ricoeur: The philosopher behind Emmanuel Macron
- May 30, 2017, 06:00
Unthinkable: Macron studied under Ricoeur. What could it mean for his presidency?
Aristotle got it wrong: We have a lot more than five senses
- May 16, 2017, 06:00
Unthinkable: Philosophers need to grapple with the ‘symphony of senses’ being discovered by science
How to spot when politicians are misrepresenting science
- May 2, 2017, 01:00
Unthinkable: Cherry-picking facts and nitpicking are common political ploys
Idlers of the world unite: Why the work ethic needs to be resisted
- April 16, 2017, 08:00
Unthinkable: The problems of modern labour call for a ‘collective and structural solution’, says David Frayne
Dear atheists, please stop calling religion a meme
- April 9, 2017, 08:00
Unthinkable: ‘Catholic agnostic’ Gary Gutting criticises pseudoscientific putdowns of religion
Can science ever tell us whether free will exists?
- April 2, 2017, 01:00
Brain experiments have yet to shed light on the ‘freedom that matters’, says philosopher Markus Schlosser
How do we distinguish good businesses from evil ones?
- March 19, 2017, 01:00
Unthinkable: Companies have a duty to provide ‘meaning’ in society. An anti-evil slogan isn't enough
Christian Brothers withdrawal is not first clash over divestment
- Social Affairs
- March 10, 2017, 12:17
Entity managing property interests initially refused to surrender vacant school premises
Why not taking offence will make you – and the world – better
- February 21, 2017, 00:00
Unthinkable: Donald Trump may make your skin crawl but your anger ‘destroys you’ not him, argues Brant Hansen
Unthinkable: Why ‘meaning’ should be part of the school vocabulary
- February 17, 2017, 13:57
Students should ask ‘what’s the point?’ rather than ‘how many points?’
Enda Kenny’s ‘mea culpa’: the science of false memory
- Irish News
- February 15, 2017, 11:07
Research shows faulty recall is more likely to happen when you are stressed or overloaded
Unthinkable: Why it makes sense to be a neo-Luddite
- February 12, 2017, 07:00
AI is displacing jobs – we need a ‘union 2.0’ to fight back, says William Myers
Why new technology is draining meaning from your job
- Life & Style
- February 4, 2017, 06:00
Job insecurity and technology have created a crisis in today’s workplace
Unthinkable: Should we always put human rights first?
- January 29, 2017, 01:00
‘Empowerment is crucial for people with impaired capacity’ but it isn’t the only thing of value, says Prof Mary Donnelly
Five signs you share Donald Trump’s ‘gapped’ logic
- January 22, 2017, 01:00
The US president’s rhetoric has the hallmarks of a cognitive ‘stuttering’ that’s creeping into schools, argues Fiachra Long
Unthinkable: The Islamic thinker who ‘proved’ God exists
- January 15, 2017, 06:00
Medieval philosophers don’t get much attention these days but Avicenna deserves it, says Prof Peter Adamson
Unthinkable: We lie to ourselves more than to others
- January 8, 2017, 00:00
Self-deception is rife, says Colm Fitzgerald, and our education system is to blame
Why Ireland’s citizens’ assembly is a model for Europe
- November 27, 2016, 06:00
Unthinkable: Deliberative democracy experiment shows Ireland ‘trusts its citizens, instead of fearing them’
Teach philosophy to heal our ‘post-truth’ society, says President Higgins
- November 19, 2016, 20:21
President highlights need for citizens to identify ‘illusory rhetoric’ after recent events
Let’s reimagine democracy: replace elections with lotteries
- November 19, 2016, 06:00
Brexit and the Trump presidency are making people ask whether the current form of democracy is the best we can do
World Philosophy Day: We need to start talking about life’s ‘meaning’
- November 15, 2016, 01:00
If the world stops making sense, call the philosopher
Unthinkable: Are you part of the 1% but just don’t know it?
- October 11, 2016, 06:00
Don’t underestimate your power to make a difference, says ‘effective altruism’ advocate William Mac Askill
35 years of abortion demos: from Plac and Spuc to ‘Repeal the 8th’
- Social Affairs
- September 23, 2016, 17:51
Ahead of Saturday’s pro-choice rallies, a look at some of the most influential protests and counter-protests on abortion
Is humour an effective way of communicating wisdom?
- September 20, 2016, 08:00
Shared, unspoken knowledge is always the active ingredient in ‘getting the joke’
Unthinkable: Do you need faith to give your life meaning?
- September 8, 2016, 16:35
There are ‘few indications’ that God matters to the Irish, says sociologist Tom Inglis
Unthinkable: Who should you follow on social media for unbiased opinion?
- September 6, 2016, 01:00
Philosophers should take the broadest possible measure of beliefs, argues philosopher Justin EH Smith
Sabina Higgins backs campaign for teaching philosophy in schools
- August 28, 2016, 13:02
New organisation set up to support teachers who wish to offer Junior Cycle short course
Joe Humphreys: How the left can rise again - in three easy steps
- July 18, 2016, 01:00
Values, free enterprise and religion can all play a part in winning over the voters
Joe Humphreys: Rebranding socialism as humane and socially responsible capitalism
- July 11, 2016, 10:14
Irish socialist thinking has moved on very little since the foundation of the State
Unthinkable: Should we give up on utopian politics?
- May 31, 2016, 06:00
Utopian visions work because they are fictional, says sociologist Deirdre Ní Chuanacháin
Unthinkable: Is philosophy having an existential crisis?
- May 24, 2016, 01:00
Irish governments have been slow to draw on philosophers, argues Joseph Mahon
Unthinkable: Why are beauty standards becoming more onerous?
- May 15, 2016, 09:00
‘You are not going to be thin, with curves, on your deathbed,’ says philosopher Heather Widdows
Unthinkable: Does reality depend on where you are standing?
- May 10, 2016, 06:00
Art theorist Francis Halsall explains the enduring appeal of phenomenology
Unthinkable: Does the universe’s fate mean life is futile?
- May 3, 2016, 05:00
The cosmos’s ever-changing nature is cause for cheer, not despair, says author Niamh Brennan
Unthinkable: Are public manners in a state of decline?
- April 26, 2016, 07:00
Greater social inequality stands as a threat to civility, argues sociologist John A Hall
Mock Dáil produces a government of national unity - and it only took 90 minutes
- April 24, 2016, 16:39
Public voting experiment in Dublin explores feasibility of electing a powersharing government
Fantasy Dáil: Power-sharing to be tested in voting experiment
- April 21, 2016, 08:10
Public invited to take part in role play to elect ‘government of national unity’ on Saturday
Unthinkable: Is all this remembering such a good idea?
- April 19, 2016, 01:00
The difference between the reality of the men of 1916 and the way they are being used is ‘enormous’, says David Rieff
Unthinkable: How can scientists disagree on basic ‘facts’?
- April 10, 2016, 06:00
An astrophysicist and a philosopher have teamed up to examine how experts disagree
Joe Humphreys: Stop kidding yourself, you have no human rights
- April 8, 2016, 12:00
Next time you bleat about your right to something think about what’s being done in your name in the Mediterranean
Executions globally hit 26-year high, warns Amnesty
- April 6, 2016, 10:51
Surge in death penalty in Pakistan, Iran and Saudia Arabia but China remains ‘world’s top executioner’
Unthinkable: Does religion have a problem with women?
- April 5, 2016, 06:00
Rigid notions of masculinity continue to cause a crisis in Islamic communities, says Dr Amanullah de Sondy
Life, death and faith: approaching the unanswerable
- March 31, 2016, 10:00
Joe Humphreys reviews books by five authors – a philosopher, a literary legend, a humanist, a former priest and a doctor – tacklin(...)
Unthinkable: Could we make a computer trip on acid?
- March 29, 2016, 02:00
Computers will never have human consciousness unless they have our foibles too, argues author Andrew Smart
Unthinkable: Why did the bust make us feel less European?
- March 22, 2016, 01:00
The rise of nationalism in Europe and the US is a response to failures of internationalism, suggests sociologist Neil Fligstein
Unthinkable: Is ‘living in the now’ such a good idea?
- March 15, 2016, 01:00
The mindfulness industry tells us to ‘be in the present’ but is that meaningful or desirable, asks philosopher Seán Enda Power
Unthinkable: Can silence be used to fight injustice?
- March 8, 2016, 01:00
A person’s silence can send a powerful challenge to interpret it, says author Hugo Slim
Democracy 2.0: Five steps to give power back to the people
- March 3, 2016, 12:45
As the parties pick over the results of Ireland’s general election, critics say that our blunt majority-rule system is an outdated(...)
Unthinkable: Is ‘higher education for all’ based on a lie?
- March 1, 2016, 01:00
Nietzsche believed expanding college access peddled the lie that all students were equally capable
Unthinkable: Do we have a duty to look after ourselves?
- February 23, 2016, 06:00
Neglecting your health is immoral, said Kant: Trinity philosopher Alice Pinheiro Walla explains why
Joe Humphreys: Church has no reason to fear secularism
- February 23, 2016, 01:36
Penny slow to drop among Catholic Church in Ireland on issue of school patronage
Unthinkable: Why are some parents spooked by vaccines?
- Health & Family
- February 16, 2016, 08:00
A combination of fear and distrust fuels the anti-vaccine movement, suggests American academic Eula Biss
Unthinkable: Is Islam compatible with human rights law?
- February 9, 2016, 06:00
A Trinity scholar warns against generalising about a population of 1.6 billion
Unthinkable: How many emotions can one person feel?
- January 26, 2016, 07:00
Poets rather than scientists are best-placed to explain our feelings, says ‘emotional archivist’ Tiffany Watt Smith
Unthinkable: Can a steak tax tackle climate change?
- January 19, 2016, 06:00
Food ethics has more to do with property rights than what we eat, says American philosopher Paul B Thompson
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
- January 12, 2016, 07:00
Carefully researched and written with delightful verve and imagination, it captures the full scope and spirit of Plato’s dialogues(...)
Unthinkable: Is it unethical to take brain stimulants?
- January 12, 2016, 06:00
‘Smart drugs’ pose dilemmas for students and academics, says an NUI Galway academic
Students to explore ‘life’s big questions’ in new Philosophy course
- January 11, 2016, 16:35
Junior Cycle course seeks to promote the benefits of ‘changing one’s mind’
Revealed: non-progression rates for higher education courses
- January 11, 2016, 09:15
Irish Times figures show numbers failing to progress beyond first-year in each course
Concern over drop-out rates in computer science courses
- January 11, 2016, 01:00
Up to 80% of students in some courses are failing to progress to second year
Joe Humphreys: Why Irish atheists still need the Catholic Church
- January 6, 2016, 01:00
The church in Ireland promotes fundamental values and provides the basic unit of community
Catholic trust got concessions from State before divesting school
- December 17, 2015, 01:00
Christian Brothers trust clashed with department officials, documents show
Unthinkable: Why your first kiss will stay real forever
- December 15, 2015, 06:00
Einstein suggests life events are an eternal part of the universe, says Daniel Deasy
Unthinkable: Are Irish people becoming ‘less black’?
- December 6, 2015, 06:00
Whiteness is as much frame of mind as skin colouring, says Linda Martín Alcoff
Unthinkable: Are scientists wrong to dismiss astrology?
- December 1, 2015, 00:00
Philosopher (and Capricorn) Martin Cohen says star signs deserve a serious look
Unthinkable: Is science being skewed by a gender bias?
- November 24, 2015, 07:00
The status of women in science is distorting not just academia but knowledge itself, says Helen de Cruz
Men, Toilets or Philosophy: Which to celebrate today?
- November 19, 2015, 17:38
Thursday is ‘feast day’ for three good causes - but only philosophers are really persecuted
Unthinkable: His poetry’s great but could WB Yeats think straight?
- November 15, 2015, 06:00
Yeats engaged in ‘cultural mutiny’ against the encroachment of science
Unthinkable: Is it ethical to send your children to private schools?
- November 10, 2015, 06:00
Students and parents have duty to challenge unfairness in education system, argues Dr Audrey Bryan
Trinity pays consultants €2.8m for ‘change management’
- November 9, 2015, 01:00
Seven universities spent more than €24.6m on external consultants in three-year period
The Auxiliaries: Churchill’s vengeful anti-IRA strike force
Diarmaid Ferriter reviews ‘Havoc: The Auxiliaries in Ireland’s War of Independence’
Rebel Prods review: The Protestants behind Irish independence
A history of the little-known people who defied the political consensus in their churches
The End of Europe by James Kirchick review: Heading towards the 1930s?
An analysis of the ‘crisis of liberalism’ warns that stability is not the European norm
Grandpa the Sniper review: family tale of a brave man of 1916
Frank Shouldice draws movingly on private and official sources of an Irish Volunteer
Michael Davitt: After the Land League, 1881-1906, by Carla King review
A major study completes the picture of a man whose life story, in terms of achievement, obstacles overcome and unyielding integrity, was more extraordinary than Parnell’s
A French take on Irish history: ‘Histoire de l’Irlande: De 1912 à nos jours’ review
Alexandra Slaby’s beautifully written book forces one to reappraise recent Irish history and to see the extent to which this island has changed in the past 100 years
The Road to Home Rule review: How disgust at colonial aggression fuelled Irish nationalism
Paul A Townend looks at how analogies were made with Ireland’s centuries of suffering
“Governing Paddy has never been a hopeful or a pleasant task”
Review: Poverty and land lie at heart of K Theodore Hoppen’s Governing Hibernia as he traces how Britain ruled Ireland
Lenin on the Train review: All aboard the Red ball express
Catherine Merridale’s retelling of Lenin’s momentous journey is history come alive
The Twelve Apostles review: Tim Pat Coogan’s ballad to his heroes
Ireland’s best-known historical writer brushes aside scholarship in an uncritical narrative of the War of Independence and Civil War
After the Rising review: acts of a state whose fabric is threatened
Seán Enright looks at the well-meaning but inadequate judicial system put in place after 1916
The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 review
Robert Gerwarth’s fascinating and finely crafted book is full of insightful observations
Wherever the Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front review
Ronan McGreevy beautifully demonstrates the process of how Ireland’s memory of war is changing
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans review: real, raw and powerful
This is an important work about the first World War largely because of the material from which it draws
Life in the Country House in Georgian Ireland by Patricia McCarthy review
Over-indulgence in alcohol and noisy use of the chamberpot characterised social life among the not-so-genteel Georgian upper class in ‘the long 18th century’
1914 by Jean Echenoz review: epic telling of the horrors of the Great War
Barely a novella in length, 1914 displays the authority of an historian and the humanity of a storyteller
Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998 review
A history of the red, white, blue and green challenges assumptions about Irish America
Review: The Indignant Muse: Poetry and Songs of the Irish Revolution, 1887-1926
This great, mammoth collection shows how Irish revolutionary writers sang from one hymn sheet, writes Diarmaid Feritter
1916 – Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition, by Kieran Allen: Shadow of a gunman
An eloquent study argues that Ireland should grasp this moment to revisit ‘Connolly’s way’
The Stinging Fly: In the Wake of the Rising review: Rising above the romance
A visceral collection of pieces by modern Irish writers depicts another side of 1916
The Seven, by Ruth Dudley Edwards review: surveying the signatories
Insightful studies of the men who signed the Proclamation are undermined by lack of rigour
Scotland and the Easter Rising review: Cumann na Caledonia
Scotland’s connections – and disconnections – to 1916 are explored in this provocative though sometimes simplistic collection of essays
Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz by Lauren Arrington
The Sligo revolutionary and the Polish count were Dublin’s king and queen of Bohemia
Arthur Griffith by Owen McGee review: the prophet of ‘economic nationalism’
A work of superb scholarship illuminates the ideas of a much misunderstood Rising leader
The O’Rahilly by Aodogán O’Rahilly review: portrait of father as 1916 hero
Manchán Magan, great-grand nephew of The O’Rahilly, on a son’s biography of the man who tried to stop the Rising but became the only rebel leader to be killed in action