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
Urgent need for fitness to teach hearings, ombudsman says
- October 21, 2015, 18:01
Inquiries would improve accountability in education, Oireachtas committee hears
Merger of institutes of technology clears first hurdle
- October 21, 2015, 14:43
Minister approves application for technological university for Connacht and Ulster
DCU to create new institutes in war, water and ‘future journalism’ under €300m plan
- October 21, 2015, 14:32
University seeks to double student numbers by 2029
Higher Education Authority altered housing recommendations
- October 19, 2015, 01:00
Proposals for student accommodation report withdrawn after departmental objections
Lecturers’ union cries foul over Trinity’s overseas recruitment plan
- October 16, 2015, 17:47
Forty assistant professors to be employed under five-year ‘tenure-track’ contracts
Primary school teaching should include various faiths, study says
- October 14, 2015, 14:14
Academics argue nature of religious education not sufficiently debated in Ireland
Extra teaching posts will rebuild goodwill after years of cuts
- October 13, 2015, 19:35
Analysis: Guidance counselling allocation to be ringfenced in schools under circular
Education: Over 2,200 new teaching posts being created
- October 13, 2015, 16:42
Budget 2016: Pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools being reduced from 28:1 to 27:1
Exams body blocks access to Leaving Cert marking scheme
- October 12, 2015, 01:00
Commission says aspects of ordinary-level maths marking must ‘remain confidential’
Trinity College library to enter technological age
- October 10, 2015, 19:38
Proposal to declutter Long Room and create ‘Genius Bar’ for aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs
Are science and religion really in conflict? The Unthinkable debate
- October 9, 2015, 12:00
The Irish Times Unthinkable debate seeks resolution to the ‘God versus science’ row
NCAD board meeting to discuss recruiting new director
- October 8, 2015, 14:03
Prof Declan McGonagle to exit, full audit of college’s 2013 accounts to begin in November
Allegations of irregular expenses claims at UL to be examined
- October 7, 2015, 18:04
HEA to appoint external investigator after its chief executive met whistleblower
School completion programme under threat due to funding cuts
- October 7, 2015, 13:57
ESRI warns of loss of homework clubs, after-school programmes and counselling
College awareness week to target areas of low participation
- October 7, 2015, 09:07
Initiative aims to highlight options for school leavers in further and higher education
High rate of Leaving Cert Maths, Biology appeals successful
- October 7, 2015, 09:04
Results of appeals being sent to schools by courier because of uncertain postal situation
The Government wants to put wifi networks into classrooms
- October 7, 2015, 01:00
New Leaving Cert subject proposed as €210 million allocated for digital strategy
Unthinkable: Should morality be treated as an experimental science?
- October 6, 2015, 09:00
Moral truths can’t be spoon-fed to people by priests or sages, says Sarin Marchetti, invoking the wisdom of William James
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