Dr Oliver Sacks: also wrote the best-selling ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’. Photograph: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

    Oliver Sacks, the eminent neurologist and writer, has died at his home in New York City. He was 82.   The cause (...)

18th-century philosopher David Hume regarded Scots as merely a “corrupt dialect”. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For a government document, Scotland’s policy of “wurkin wi pairtners tae heize up the status o Scots language amang folk an toons” has an unusual ring(...)

Ireland fans David Lynch, Darren O’Neill, Mark Cullen and Ross McComish, from Belfast, Co Antrim in Edinburgh for the Scotland match. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish fans arriving early for the Edinburgh rugby weekend were treated to almost perfect views of the solar eclipse, as light cloud cleared obligingly(...)

‘That religion is back on the political stage has much to do with its power to build communities and provide blueprints for action.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Philosophers such as David Hume and William James argued long ago that reason and emotion are intertwined. Discoveries in neuroscience have confirm(...)

Portrait of Francis Hutcheson by Allan Ramsay at Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow

It’s just like a philosopher to be born and to die on the same date. Such was the fate of Co Down man Francis Hutcheson (August 8th, 1694, to Augus(...)

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(...)

  Paschal Donohoe:   The enthusiastic exponent of Europe sought to ensure he had the Opposition’s attention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

And now for something completely different . . . This is a whistleblower, GSOC, confidential recipient, Minister for Justice and Garda Commissi(...)

Fifth-class students taking part in the philosophy and ’thinking time’ session at Balbriggan Educate Together NS, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, with class teacher John Rice (left) and resource teacher James Hayden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Lennon sang, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can.” Well, primary-school pupils at Balbriggan Educate Together had a shot at wondering ju(...)

In October 2011 David Cameron, the British prime minister, was forced to withdraw a comment he made in his speech at the Conservative Party conference(...)

Breaking point: after a financial crisis, a huge excess of desired private savings is likely to emerge, even when rates are very close to zero. In that situation, immediate fiscal austerity will be counterproductive. It will drive the economy into deep recession.

In 1816, the net public debt of the UK reached 240 per cent of gross domestic product. This was the fiscal legacy of 125 years of war against F(...)