Ashley Nelson Levy’s debut novel is an absorbing read that explores the question of parentage and legacy in a way that feels fresh and innovative. Photograph: Eustacio Humphrey

Who knew that Edgar Allan Poe was given to a foster family at age two, that Jean-Jacques Rousseau was raised by an uncle, that Friedrich Nietzsche, Re(...)

The wheel of rage continues to revolve, to the extent the only really interesting thing about Manchester United right now is how unhappy people are about Manchester United. Photograph:  James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

“What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it, you will hav(...)

He-Man and Battle Cat in Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Great fiction asks the big questions: What is free will? How can we step out from the shadows of our upbringing? Can we ever truly know another person(...)

England’s coach Gareth Southgate embraces England’s forward Raheem Sterling after the Uefa Euro 2020 final at Wembley stadium in London. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Many people watching last night’s Euro 2020 final will have experienced an unfamiliar emotion – something akin to regret or guilt over a neighbour’s m(...)

Suki Finn, philosopher and editor of Women of Ideas: “The metaphysics of pregnancy is of great importance, not only to pregnant metaphysicians, but to all of us, given that we are all the result of a pregnancy.”

It’s easy to judge with hindsight but even by the standards of 1978, the BBC’s decision to call a series about great living philosophers Men of Ideas,(...)

Now in their third year, the Irish Young Philosopher Awards took place online due to the pandemic, focusing specifically on moral themes relating to Covid-19

There comes a point in your life, if you’re lucky enough, when you realise your brain is like a tanker turning in the ocean compared with the jet ski (...)

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(...)

Friedrich Nietzsche: ‘Unfairly’ characterised as the father of nihilism. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

Friedrich Nietzsche has a long rap sheet. Elitist. Anti-democratic. Unchristian. But in one respect at least – cue the sound of the smallest violin in(...)

‘On its own, the question of whether or not there is a God is  interesting in the abstract, but not very relevant to daily life,’ says historian of religion Alec Ryrie. Photograph: Getty Images

New atheists attract a lot of hostility but, if you’re not one yourself, consider how infuriating it must be to see church worship on the rise interna(...)

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(...)

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