C’mere to me: pub philosophers. Photograph: Getty Images

Sometimes dismissed as a niche activity in Ireland, philosophy has traditionally been associated with monks and seminarians. Or those who didn’t qu(...)

A Valentine’s Day display in a Tokyo shop. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Love is a word much bandied about, and not just on St Valentine’s Day. But what is love, and can it be explained without resorting to cliche or(...)

A plethora of philosophers: ‘The School of Athens’ (1509-10), one of Raphael’s series of  frescoes (1509-1510)  in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican

The story of the “Ring of Gyges” is more than 2,000 years old but it still generates debate among intellectuals. It is also cited in Philosophy for(...)