Fran O Rourke

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Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in  Vatican City, Rome. ‘It is reasonable to hope in a particular rational ordering of things,’ says philosopher Patrick Masterson. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Possibly the single biggest trend in philosophy in the past 50 years has been the decline of metaphysics. “Meta-what?” you say (proving the point). M(...)

The remains of the late cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reflected on the age profile of those present at the funeral Mass for Cardinal Desmond Connell yesterday , as re(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: addressed €500-a-head Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“Up the Republic! An Phoblacht Abú!” said Gerry Adams, and with that the crowd in the ballroom rose to applaud and cheer. For the hundreds who gath(...)

The cast of ‘Friends’: Aristotle says older people often pursue the friendship of usefulness, young people most frequently the friendship of pleasure. Photograph: Reuters

“Who is the greatest thinker of all time?” is the sort of pub question guaranteed to produce a lack of consensus. BBC Radio 4 ran a survey on the matt(...)

This substantial volume had its origin in a University College Dublin lecture series in 2004, to mark the centenary of Bloomsday. The contributors (...)