Elke Wiss advises us  as follows:  “Don’t agree or disagree.” Photograph: Elke Verbruggen

What good is philosophy to anyone? It can’t demonstrate progress in the way science can. It seems to relish ignorance – Socrates used to brag about hi(...)

It can be a challenge to make solitary periods quality time

Time alone. In some ways we’ve had too much of it during this pandemic, when social interaction is verboten. But it can be a challenge to make solitar(...)

Welcome back Ryan.  We missed you. Photograph: RTÉ

Throughout his career, Ryan Tubridy has been characterised in some quarters – including this column – as bland, middlebrow and flippant. My, how we’ve(...)

Is there any hope after this long a time? Photograph: iStock

Question: My husband and I have been married for 48 years and it has been mostly good. However, we have not had sex for the last 20. I have been obese(...)

The Ghost House in Stratford-upon-Avon by BPN Architects with Baynes & Co

A house in Northern Ireland and a home by Irish architect Niall McLaughlin are on the 20-strong longlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects(...)

Back in the 1980s, fans of Brideshead Revisited wanted to go to Trinity - as long as they were able to pose in tweedy jackets, corduroy trousers and tank tops. Photograph: Nicola Dove

Back in the 1980s I don’t remember anyone being psychometrically tested or going to wonderfully informative college open days ahead of deciding what t(...)

The Ulysses Centre will be mainly housed in the former Aula Maxima of UCD on Stephen’s Green.

“This the way to the museyroom. Mind your hats goan in!” So says the museum guide early in Finnegans Wake, as visitors to Dublin are taken on a tour o(...)

Studies prove that we’re hardwired to prefer what we know. Image: Getty

The time of year has put holidays in my mind. We’ve all had the experience of arriving at our destination and your heart lifting at exactly how lovely(...)

The suicide of Stoic Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman Seneca the Younger,  who was ordered to kill himself by Nero, and counselled that a wise person “lives as long as he ought, not as long as he can”. Photograph:  Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

“This book is not a suicide note,” declares philosopher Simon Critchley at the outset of his short, fascinating treatise on suicide. The disclaimer s(...)

Happiness is like a butterfly that lands on your hand and as soon you notice it, the butterfly flutters away. I think that’s a pretty good attitude to happiness.  Photograph: iStockphoto

Nobody has a right to happiness. I heard a woman declare this on the radio while I was walking through the kitchen. I kept going but what she said cir(...)

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