Belvedere College students Matthew Collins, Adam Goodman, Niall Miller and Jack Rutledge participating in the Annual Sleepout to raise funds for the Homeless in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

‘Ah, Da, tell us the story again about the hospital ship.” He smiled with delight, but my mother groaned: “Oh not again, give us a break.” She had hea(...)

John Dewey: scepticism is ‘the mark and even the pose of the educated mind’

In the Middle Ages, prominent sceptics were burned at the stake. Today they’re invited to be panellists on Mock the Week. Yes, scepticism – the idea t(...)

Talking to children about Harry Potter (above, played by Daniel Radcliffe), can introduce philosophical subjects such as ethics (Is power more important than good?) to epistemology (How can we know ghosts and trolls?) and metaphysics (How do spells work?)

If you’re a teacher and you’re planning to do philosophy with your class then resist the temptation to reference weighty tomes written by dead Greeks (...)