Can you suspend belief in everything? An intellectual challenge
- May 6, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Phenomenology may make your head hurt but it’s trying ‘to teach us to see again’
‘Should we be buying from Amazon rather than working to keep a place like Nenagh alive?’
- April 29, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Fr Sean McDonagh is increasingly worried about the power of big tech
Should we cancel Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche?
- April 22, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Famous philosophers are being reappraised in light of their prejudices
Do we really care about right and wrong, or are we just virtue signalling?
- April 15, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Morality has got humans this far, but do we need to outgrow it?
Telling men to open up is not enough – teach them how
- April 8, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: We can all learn from psychotherapy, perhaps the best place to start is school
What’s it like to go mad? Meet the man who found out
- April 1, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Psychosis gave Dutch linguist Wouter Kusters an insight into mental illness
The problem today is we trust too much, not too little
- March 25, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Is our faith in algorithms creating the basis for a counter-Enlightenment?
Why are people so sensitive about cultural appropriation?
- March 18, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Tolü Makay can sing Saw Doctors. A rich playboy should not perform Amanda Gorman
Is your Covid pandemic the same as my Covid pandemic?
- March 11, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Phenomenologists are trying to make us see the current crisis in a new light
Your ‘marshmallow brain’ vs your ‘acorn brain’: Breaking the short-term thinking habit
- March 4, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Acorn brain worries about pensions. Marshmallow brain thinks short-term
The Leaving Cert is not fair. Why not just replace it with a lottery?
- February 25, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: We can no longer plead ignorance of the inner workings of our State exams
You’re a large-brained scheming dreamer with a sense of justice: What it means to be human
- February 18, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Speciesism, which puts humans above nature, may be the last acceptable prejudice
Teaching children to respect all opinions can be problematic
- February 11, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: A ‘questioning mindset’ is needed rather than an attitude of ‘anything goes’
Why Covid dissidents need to be understood, not demonised
- February 4, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Lack of access to democratic processes can fuel distrust, says Dr Katherine Furman
‘We have learned from Covid how much we miss touch’
- January 28, 2021, 05:30
Unthinkable: Philosopher Richard Kearney argues that sight began displacing other senses even before the pandemic
The left’s lockdown critique: Right on, or dangerous prattle?
- January 21, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Philosopher Giorgio Agamben carries the flame for anti-capitalism through the crisis
Never mind the Bridgertons, meet England’s first feminist
- January 14, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Mary Wollstonecraft’s time in Ireland seemed to influence her world view
Is philosophy becoming ‘air guitar to the music of science’?
- January 7, 2021, 05:00
Unthinkable: Philosophers are being lured to ‘a dead end’, says historian of ideas Stephen Gaukroger
Enough of the ‘hot takes’ already: A philosophical wish for 2021
- December 31, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Spinoza tells us that if you want to be free then get your mind in order
In defence of realism: Idealists excite us but at what cost?
- December 10, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Reinhold Niebuhr, Obama’s favourite philosopher, has an important message for today
Micheál Martin wants us to have ‘a meaningful Christmas’ – but what does that mean?
- November 26, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Perhaps existentialism can help us navigate the Taoiseach’s suggestion
Who is more racist, sexist and biased: You or your computer?
- November 19, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Algorithms embed prejudice with ‘no accountability’, says Abeba Birhane
Carrots with minds of their own? The weird theory of panpsychism
- November 12, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: A speculative hypothesis about the nature of consciousness has academics riled up
Who really understands Wittgenstein’s ‘bible’ of modern philosophy?
- November 5, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: A short book, the Tractatus has had a big impact, says author David Edmonds
Five lessons of Stoicism: What I learned from living for a week as a Stoic
- October 29, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Stoicism is primarily about throwing off the chains of irrational thought
Researched to death? How universities have sidelined teaching
- October 8, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Academia has its priorities backwards, says author Zena Hitz
Has Christianity been good for us? It depends on your history book
- October 1, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Author Charles Freeman believes we shouldn’t forget the sectarian legacy of Christian churches
Cancel culture: can you defend people who say unpopular things?
- September 24, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Rival political philosophers can bring perspective to our current debates
The forgotten women in philosophy: time to set the record straight
- September 17, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: The Philosopher Queens originated from ‘a disheartening trip to the local bookshop’
Why admission to college should be decided by lottery, not points
- September 1, 2020, 05:00
Philosopher Michael Sandel wants to eradicate elitism, starting with education
Slavoj Žižek: ‘Joe Biden is long-term the same catastrophe as Trump’
- August 1, 2020, 06:00
The Slovenian philosopher divides opinion over his often-contradictory viewpoints
What are words worth: do poets and philosophers speak the same language?
- July 23, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Research project and poetry prize explore overlap between perceived rival disciplines
Covid-19 shows kindness can be enough to get us through
- June 30, 2020, 01:00
Acts of neighbourliness, solidarity and self-sacrifice portray people to be mainly good
Left floundering by the jet ski minds of a younger generation
- June 25, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Philosophy's future is in safe hands judging by the Young Philosopher Awards
What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?
- June 18, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Ireland’s most celebrated philosopher was ‘also extremely morally fallible’
Does philosophy belong to the academy or the community?
- June 11, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Plato need not intimidate – if you’ve got a good philosophical facilitator
God, make way for Gaia: A deity even atheists can believe in
- June 4, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Is nature’s mother god sending us a message with Covid-19?
Is it okay to have children in a time of climate chaos?
- May 28, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Conceivable Future is fostering a personal but ‘deeply political’ debate
A ‘really subversive idea’: Most people are pretty decent
- May 23, 2020, 06:00
Human beings’ friendliness and humility help us survive – but also make us dangerous
Lord of the Flies was fiction. In the real world things turned out differently
- May 22, 2020, 06:01
On one island the shipwrecked behaved well. On the other they ate their shipmate
Ten philosophers to help us through the coronavirus crisis
- May 21, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Sartre and Schopenhauer make the list but Peig Sayers deserves inclusion too
Is Covid-19 lockdown our chance to regain a sense of wonder?
- May 14, 2020, 05:01
Unthinkable: Tech companies feed us glamour that ‘provokes false enchantment’, says environmentalist Patrick Curry
Are we all Kantians now? The Covid-19 effect on moral philosophy
- April 23, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: The pandemic is exposing long-tolerated inequalities
Coronavirus: Is there a hidden purpose to the pandemic?
- April 16, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: People – even atheists – tend to think things happen ‘for a reason’
Life after coronavirus: will we emerge as better people?
- April 9, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: The crisis may make us less consumerist, says psychologist Bruce Hood
Can’t travel because of Covid-19? There’s always the inner journey
- April 2, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for armchair tourism, says philosopher Emily Thomas
Coronavirus: How can philosophy help us in this time of crisis?
- March 26, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Philosophers might not be on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic but they have a role to play
Ireland has a strange relationship with the word ‘republican’
- March 5, 2020, 05:00
Unthinkable: Ireland’s conception of republicanism is outside of the European norm
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