Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

If Ireland can lay claim to St Patrick, Mick McCarthy and Barack Obama, surely it can take some ownership of Ludwig Wittgenstein too. The Austrian (...)

‘I am a big fan of maverick teachers who don’t simply carry out what the curriculum dictates.’ Above: Robin Williams in ‘Dead Poets Society’

The days of Mr Chips are long gone. “Good riddance,” most educationalists will say. The model of the teacher as a commanding source of authority has g(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping  inspect honour guards inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

President Michael D Higgins yesterday spoke of Ireland’s past and present contributions to the globe’s intellectual life and matters of trade as the m(...)

‘By revealing the limitations of what we know, philosophy also teaches students a measure of humility and caution; two much-needed values in a world that reveres decisive action.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The idea of introducing philosophy to secondary schools has enjoyed some attention recently. This has been motivated, in part, by frustration with our(...)

Always on: We are the ones making the choice, not the technology

The end of holidays means one thing for many people: reconnecting to technology. On goes the mobile phone and off goes the automated out-of-office (...)

Margaretta D’Arcy, who was arrested on January 15th and taken to Limerick prison to serve a three-month sentence for illegal incursion on to the runway at Shannon Airport in 2012. She was transferred to Dóchas women’s prison at Mountjoy in Dublin last month. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy (79) is to be released from prison on March 22nd, where she has been serving a sentence for refusing t(...)

In a sport such as rugby, different positions in a team showcase distinct excellences: the virtues of Brian O’Driscoll are not identical to those of Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Inpho

Thinking and sport have an uneasy relationship. Normal priorities and even moral codes often go out the window when athletes take to the playing fi(...)

Galway anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy has had a three-month suspended sentence activated after she refused to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A 79-year old feminist, peace activist, film-maker and member of Aosdána has been jailed for three months in Limerick Prison in relation to protests o(...)

Cornelius Macarthy in a Cambodian scene from The Conquest of Happiness. Photograph: Martin McKeown/Inpresspics

In his book The Conquest of Happiness, published in 1930, the distinguished logician, philosopher, pacifist and social critic Bertrand Russell argues (...)