Short of staycation ideas? Try a pilgrimage to Irish philosophy sites

Unthinkable: Ireland has a rich philosophical heritage – some more plaques would be nice

John Moriarty’s stomping ground: Gleann na gCappel, the Horses’ Glen, in the Mangerton massif, Co Kerry.

John Moriarty’s stomping ground: Gleann na gCappel, the Horses’ Glen, in the Mangerton massif, Co Kerry.

The emphasis on staycationing this summer has given people an opportunity to rediscover Ireland anew. Intellectually curious holidaymakers who might otherwise be tracing the footsteps of Cicero at the Roman Forum, or of Socrates amid the ruins of Athens, now have a chance to take a Francis Hutcheson pilgrimage instead. Francis Who? says you.

Hutcheson – only yer man who came up the classic utilitarian formula that what’s right is what produces “the greatest happiness for the greatest number”, and someone who is credited with influencing the phrasing of US Declaration of Independence.

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