Would you kill one person to save five? Depends if you’re a millennial or not
- February 20, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Should we be worried about the apparent rise of utilitarianism?
If someone hurts you, should you always blame them?
- February 13, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: People can cause harm unwittingly through clumsiness or ignorance
Want to make a real difference? Give to a neglected cause
- February 6, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: ‘Effective altruism’ seeks to do the most good with limited resources
The psychologist who says it’s ‘important’ to punish children
- January 30, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Roy Baumeister is a long-time critic of the ‘self-esteem movement’
Is there an answer to ‘the ultimate meaning’ of life?
- January 23, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Philosopher Patrick Masterson believes there is a ‘rational order’ to the universe whether or not God exists
Journalism has become ‘ridiculous’: The case for turning off the news
- January 9, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Self-help writer Rolf Dobelli is ‘calmer and wiser’ since going ‘news free’
Why humans can survive without religion but not rituals
- January 2, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Sasha Sagan, daughter of cosmologist Carl Sagan, believes feast days are indispensable
Can European civilisation survive the death of Christianity?
- November 21, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Like it or not, our society depends on a Christian moral inheritance
The mathematician and the philosopher: A tale of two siblings
- November 7, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Simone and André Weil had a profound influence on one another, a new book reveals
How to deal with life’s setbacks? Think like a Stoic
- October 31, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: The Roman Stoics might just have the answer to all your problems in a ‘convenient’ heavenly fiction
Can you really love a dog? and life’s other big questions
- October 17, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: You can do philosophy anywhere. Even while walking your dog
How to understand China: Step one, forget about God
- October 10, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Despite very different religious traditions, the Irish and the Chinese are similar in their thinking, says Jerusha Mc(...)
Richard Dawkins: ‘Brexit is now a religion. They don’t mind if they destroy the country’
- September 11, 2019, 06:00
The atheist biologist has written a new book about God but what really worries him is closer to home
Why does time fly? Maybe you’re not paying enough attention
- August 29, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: There are number of plausible theories of time, says Sean Enda Power
Lies, bullsh*t and knowledge resistance: A spotter’s guide
- August 21, 2019, 05:45
Amid growing interest in the ‘science of irrationality’, The Irish Times provides an A-Z of common intellectual traps
Has mindfulness become just another wing of capitalism?
- July 11, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Ronald E Purser warns against the rise of ethically neutral and self-absorbed spiritual practises
Ireland can manage without the church but can it do without myths?
- July 4, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Mark Patrick Hederman makes the case for promoting ‘mythic intelligence’
Why humans need mercy more than justice to survive
- June 27, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: When the robots take over you’d better hope they’re merciful, says author Malcolm Bull
The History of Philosophy: AC Grayling’s insightful but blinkered view
- June 25, 2019, 06:00
Review: AC Grayling is a superb communicator of complex concepts but there are absent voices: women and Irish philosophers for sta(...)
The greatest Irish thinker you’ve never read? It could be this man
- June 13, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: The Kerry ‘eco-poet’ John Moriarty illuminates a better way for humanity, says Michael W Higgins
Can’t get Netflix? You may be suffering an aesthetic injustice
- June 6, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Lack of cultural access is a serious wrong, says philosopher Rachel Fraser
Why you can’t be angry and rational at the same time
- May 30, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: The Stoic philosopher Seneca debunked the idea of ‘righteous anger’, his translator explains
Is virtue ethics making a comeback, 2,400 years after Aristotle?
- May 23, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: We must find ‘middle way’, says Ireland’s new young philosopher of the year
Why the world needs Iris Murdoch’s philosophy of ‘unselfing’
- May 16, 2019, 05:00
Centenary of author’s birth in Dublin is being used as an occasion to reclaim her moral vision
You don’t exist just ‘to be useful’, President tells young philosophers
- May 15, 2019, 18:49
Lauren Doyle (16) receives this year’s Irish Young Philosopher Award from Michael D Higgins
Why be good when it seems like nasty guys finish first?
- May 2, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Liars and cheats cannot ultimately fool themselves, says philosopher Vittorio Bufacchi
Fears grow in Sri Lanka for refugees targeted by mob violence
- April 28, 2019, 14:59
More than 1,000 refugees, mainly Ahmadi Muslims from Pakistan, under police protection
Do male and female brains differ? A philosophical response
- April 25, 2019, 05:00
There’s nothing in science that disproves the existence of free will, say Helen Beebee and Michael Rush
Is technology to blame for spread of ‘unjoined-up thinking’?
- April 18, 2019, 08:37
Social media ‘invites us to be so many people at once’, says UCC academic Fiachra Long
David Brooks: ‘Comments are so much more vicious than even 10 years ago’
- April 17, 2019, 06:30
The New York Times columnist can aggravate diehard liberals but his latest book merits a fair hearing
Is morality just a matter of following your deepest desires?
- April 2, 2019, 05:00
Unthinkable: Most of us have a longing to ‘do the right thing’, says Lizzy Ventham
‘Take back control’: why the Brexit slogan resonates across Europe
- March 19, 2019, 00:01
Unthinkable: People want ‘sovereignty’ over their lives, says philosopher Michele Nicoletti
Intellectual vices, from Brexit to the Birmingham Six
- March 5, 2019, 01:30
Unthinkable: The Leave campaign was unconcerned about truth but Remainers showed ‘naivety and arrogance’, says philosopher Quassim(...)
Ireland does philosophy: A new guide for the perplexed
- February 19, 2019, 01:30
Unthinkable: A philosophy book designed for younger readers takes inspiration from Kerry sage John Moriarty
Living in the now: It’s not as simple as you’d think
- January 22, 2019, 04:30
Science suggests the present has ‘no particular significance’ above the past or the future?
Is religion better than atheism as a coping mechanism?
- November 27, 2018, 05:00
Unthinkable: Secular philosophies ‘lack the melodrama of religion’, says Stephen Asma
Out of My Head review: Finding out what makes ‘you’ you
- July 28, 2018, 05:00
Tim Parks grapples with one of life’s big questions: what is consciousness?
Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality ‘evil’, McAleese says
- Social Affairs
- June 29, 2018, 20:49
Former president to march with son and husband in Dublin Pride event on Saturday
Is fighting in our genes? A biological theory of warfare
- May 29, 2018, 05:00
Unthinkable: ‘Humans fight to achieve status and belonging,’ says former soldier Mike Martin
Was Ireland’s most prominent philosopher ‘too womanly’?
- May 22, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: The Irish statesman Edmund Burke was a victim of reverse sexism
How do we create the right ‘environment’ for public debate?
- May 15, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: Knowledge is an ‘epistemic good’ to which everyone should have access
Would lowering voting age justify being tougher on under 18s?
- May 8, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: Children who commit crimes deserve leniency only because they can’t vote, US academic argues
Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review: entertaining but troubling
- April 28, 2018, 06:00
Gray highlights the rich potential within atheism for good or evil – though he also attacks many forms of it
Is there a right to life? (You mightn’t like the answer)
- April 24, 2018, 05:00
Unthinkable: There’s ‘a systematic ambiguity’ at the heart of human rights, TCD professor John Dillon says
Sex in the digital age: Are consent apps the answer?
- April 17, 2018, 05:00
Unthinkable: Technological ‘solutions’ to sexual assault could create new problems
Why Goethe matters: The case for ‘a new schooling of attention’
- April 10, 2018, 05:00
Unthinkable: Germany’s giant of literature had a view of science that still appeals to many
Everything you wanted to know about ageing (but were afraid to ask)
- March 20, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: A philosopher and a lawyer have teamed up to try to answer older people’s deepest questions
Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress by Stephen Pinker review
- February 24, 2018, 06:00
On economic matters, and especially the question of inequality, he comes perilously close to defending the status quo
To infinity and beyond: The numbers game behind God’s ‘existence’
- February 6, 2018, 01:30
Unthinkable: The nature of reality may depend on whether the infinite is comprehensible
Have human rights created an ‘entitlement’ culture?
- January 30, 2018, 01:05
Unthinkable: Concern about ‘rights inflation’ has led to a renewed focus on moral duties
Do you let clichés and slogans do the thinking for you?
- January 21, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: We all use ‘potted thinking’ but it carries added risks in this social media age
Does Catholic opinion deserve special reverence in Ireland?
- January 16, 2018, 04:30
No, says Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, but we would all benefit from a more civil debate
The Ordinary Virtues review: Words of wisdom from Michael Ignatieff
- January 13, 2018, 06:00
Liberals will take umbrage at this book – all the more reason why they should read it
How Peter Sutherland tried in vain to stop the Eighth Amendment
- Social Affairs
- January 13, 2018, 01:01
Sutherland’s alternative referendum wording may have resulted in a more restrictive abortion regime in the long run
Philosophy in the classroom: ‘It’s okay not to find an exact answer’
- December 19, 2017, 01:00
Young Philosopher Awards seeks to recognise critical thinking and communication skills
Before you join the online mob, think. You could be next
- December 5, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: On social media, people can be cruel while sounding moral
We talk too much about rights - and not enough about love
- November 28, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Ethical debate is at risk of becoming ‘cold and impersonal’, Tony Milligan warns
Philosophers on the ‘intriguing ethics’ of sex robots
- November 21, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Sexbots are under development. Don't ban them, an academic team advises
Lack of critical thinking in schools and society a concern - Higgins
- November 16, 2017, 19:46
President says that Emmanuel Macron’s ‘rhetoric’ won’t be enough to save Europe
Never mind ‘Tiger Mom’, how does one parent ethically?
- November 14, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Parents have no rule book but they can make better or worse arguments for exercising power
Is it ever really okay to forgive terrorist atrocities?
- Irish News
- November 8, 2017, 13:47
The 30th anniversary of the Enniskillen bombing raises questions over the ethics of forgiveness
What does the rise of China mean for western values?
- November 7, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Chinese philosophy advocates virtue and social harmony – two things badly needed in public life