‘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 (...)