Is virtue ethics making a comeback, 2,400 years after Aristotle?
- May 23, 2019, 05:00
A defining feature of the evolution of western ethics has been the displacement of the language of virtue for that of utility and rights. While virtue(...)
On the equiangular spiral and how the narwhal got its horn
- July 22, 2017, 05:00
Once, walking the tideline on my first Greek island, I came upon a most beautiful oceanic artefact. It covered the palm of my hand and there weighed a(...)
Coping: It is not always wise to forgive and forget
- May 25, 2016, 11:00
I think that forgiveness – in certain contexts at least – is overrated. Philosophically, it is made more complex by being (like a lot of moral concep(...)
Unthinkable: What makes humans valuable if not God?
- October 27, 2015, 06:00
Talking of metaphysics brings to mind the Dara Ó Briain line about herbal medicine: “We tested it all, and the stuff that worked became ‘medicine’.” M(...)
Unthinkable: Should children be encouraged to doubt?
- May 19, 2015, 09:00
Plans are afoot to create a short course in philosophy in the new junior cycle, but even this modest reform faces barriers. A crowded curriculum, o(...)
Unthinkable: How much loving are you ethically obliged to do?
- February 14, 2014, 01:00
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(...)