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 dialogue(...)
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
Unthinkable: Would you want to live in the afterlife?
- November 3, 2015, 06:00
Author Raymond Tallis imagines himself as a corpse and discovers new wonder for life
Unthinkable: What makes humans valuable if not God?
- October 27, 2015, 06:00
You can’t escape religious or metaphysical thinking, argues William Desmond
Fianna Fáil to offer low-interest student loans if elected
- October 26, 2015, 01:00
Third-level proposals include postgraduate grants and a four-week limit on internships
Parents’ group voices concern over school closure threat
- October 23, 2015, 16:56
Teachers in dispute over Lansdowne Road pay deal and Junior Cycle reform
Vetting legislation needed to clear way for ‘fitness to teach’ hearings
- October 23, 2015, 11:18
Teaching Council says it is ready to start investigations of poor performance
Asti warns of possible school closures in pay deal dispute
- October 23, 2015, 01:00
Union chief Pat King warns teachers could forfeit up to €6,700 in increments over stance
Asti leadership crisis sparked warning over pay dispute
- October 23, 2015, 01:00
Union shows no signs of backing down but it’s unclear if teachers have stomach for fight