Shame is something we always have the capacity for; we may find the triggers for it intentionally or by accident. Photograph: Getty

I fell off my bicycle struggling my way up an incline on a country road. The day was idyllic. The sun twinkled off any vegetation that leaned toward i(...)

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: giants of 20th-century philosophy. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

Many unkind things are said about philosophers. Their discipline is accused of lacking a clear trajectory of progress. Their concerns are sometimes e(...)

The restored West Wing at Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

In arguably the most important act of philanthropy in Irish history, the late Sir Alfred and Lady Beit donated their €100 million art collection – in(...)