‘There is something about what we are which incarnates unconditional worth.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Talking of metaphysics brings to mind the Dara Ó Briain line about herbal medicine: “We tested it all, and the stuff that worked became ‘medicine’.” M(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna and eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: forgiveness of debt has been a great boon to Germany. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

For most of human history the moral opprobrium associated with credit was attached to the lender, not the borrower. Aristotle and Plato poured scorn o(...)

‘We can’t hide from children that there are some things that are complicated.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Plans are afoot to create a short course in philosophy in the new junior cycle, but even this modest reform faces barriers. A crowded curriculum, o(...)

Fresh attempts are being made to teach moral character in the classroom. Photograph: David Sleator

Parents and educators are increasingly asking how best they can pass on values to young people in the absence of religion. Commonly, the discussion(...)

Immanuel Kant: ‘The duty of care includes care of oneself’

The controversy surrounding the Tuam mother-and-child home has highlighted how societal values have changed in Ireland. We have a radically differe(...)

A Valentine’s Day display in a Tokyo shop. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Love is a word much bandied about, and not just on St Valentine’s Day. But what is love, and can it be explained without resorting to cliche or(...)

Climate change: ‘With near-future bias, we don’t care about catastrophes that might happen by the end of this century.’ Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

The new year is a boom time for the self-help industry. Books on how to improve everything from your brain power to your sex life rush off the shelves(...)

An individual’s experience of time can be very subjective

Another year gone: did 2013 go fast or slow for you? Or was it just the same as all the others?An individual’s experience of time can be very subjecti(...)