Four years ago: Laura Kennedy as a Trinity College PhD philosophy student in 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four years ago in this newspaper, I wrote an article about falling in love with a man; a man who died in 1677. In March of this year, I wrote another (...)

John Gray: stresses the point some atheist thinkers inherit their beliefs from western monotheism and spend very little time developing their own philosophies.

John Gray is a self-described atheist who thinks that prominent advocates of atheism have made non-belief seem intolerant, uninspiring and dull. At th(...)

Esther Ritman, director of the Ritman Library. Photograph: Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

American novelist Dan Brown has donated €300,000 to a little-known Dutch library of hermetic books and manuscripts where he researched many of his wor(...)

Aleksandar Hemon: “The damage [of the Bush years] just immeasurable. The destruction is enormous.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s not every day you read a novel that moves effortlessly between references to the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, eruptions of the crazed undead, a(...)

Philosophy Student Laura Kennedy. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Adolescence is always a search for meaning, despite us recollecting it as the most deplorably shallow time in our lives. Indeed, the crippling disgust(...)

Irish philosopher George Berkeley. Photograph: Hulton Archive

That John Toland is not a household name in Ireland has surely much to do with the influence of the Catholic Church on education. A scholar, philos(...)