David Hume

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Wouter Kusters, author of A Philosophy of Madness: The Experience of Psychotic Thinking

Madness has always stalked the world of philosophy. David Hume and John Stuart Mill suffered nervous breakdowns in their youth. Friedrich Neitzsche e(...)

Sack of Balbriggan (1920)

On the night of September 20th and 21st, 1920 events happened in Balbriggan which brought the Irish War of Independence to world attention and proved (...)

President Michael D. Higgins  at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Frank Miller

Reprisal-based violence was a key element of the military imperialist strategy throughout the British Empire, President Michael D Higgins has said. W(...)

Philosopher Édouard Glissant defended one’s right ‘to be opaque’, or to lack transparency and avoid  categorisation by oppressors. Photograph: Jean-Marc Zaorski/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Western philosophy has had two broad strategies for dealing with racism. One is to wave away hate speak and prejudice as “of its time”. The other is t(...)

By reading the news ‘we train our brain to skim, to surf, to digest very quickly and not go deep’, says Swiss writer Rolf Dobelli.

Journalists like to think they’re making the world a better place but Rolf Dobelli has a sobering message for the media. Journalistic output is almost(...)

TCD professor emeritus David Berman: ‘I was about six or seven when I had what is sometimes described as an “I am me” experience.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

A few weeks ago, this column explored that ancient puzzle “How do you know you actually exist?”, one of the defining questions of philosophy. In doin(...)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines. ‘The prospect of being at the mercy of a future super-intelligence seems entirely realistic,’ says Malcolm Bull. Photograph: Reuters/Warner Bros

Is it better to be just or merciful? This question has troubled politicians and preachers down the ages but in recent times the hammer of justice has (...)

Pope Francis at the canonisation of John Paul II who was credited with curing Floribeth Mora (right) of a serious brain condition by virtue of a miracle. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

What makes a miracle? A glance at media output suggests we are surrounded by the supernatural. We have miracle foods, miracle drugs and miracle babies(...)

Sandy Stoddart’s sculpture of David Hume in Edinburgh

Many Irish rugby fans in Edinburgh this weekend will at some point pass the statue of David Hume, prominently located on the city’s most prestigious t(...)

The secret of happiness is practising compassion, says the Dalai Lama, pictured on a visit to Ireland in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As the dust settles on the US presidential election, Americans are counting the cost of mean-spirited and negative campaigning. Donald Trump was succe(...)

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