According to ‘coffee philosopher’ Prof David Berman, above, the drink is a window to understanding your tastes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Esteemed philosopher Prof David Berman is on his second cup of coffee at hip Rathmines outlet Two Fifty Square, and he is not impressed. “It’s (...)

Portrait of George Berkeley by John Smybert (1727)

George Berkeley occupies a place in philosophy above perhaps any other Irish thinker. But the former bishop of Cloyne and Trinity College Dublin al(...)

Irish philosopher George Berkeley. Photograph: Hulton Archive

That John Toland is not a household name in Ireland has surely much to do with the influence of the Catholic Church on education. A scholar, philos(...)

Collectable philosophers: cards for the thinking classroom. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

If philosophy had been on the curriculum 30 years ago, would we be in the same mess we’re in today? It’s a tantalising thought and the very sort of “w(...)