Ireland does philosophy: A new guide for the perplexed
- February 19, 2019, 01:30
The idea of philosophy becoming a core discipline in the Irish education system once seemed like a pipe dream. But now there is a short course on the(...)
To infinity and beyond: The numbers game behind God’s ‘existence’
- February 6, 2018, 01:30
I recently overheard a couple of young boys arguing over who had scored the most goals during a football kick-around. “I scored infinity,” boasted the(...)
Explaining consciousness: the mind-matter connection
- February 1, 2018, 00:00
A scientific explanation of the “hard problem” of how the material structure of the brain underpins consciousness would represent a major coup for sci(...)
Why is there no intellectual tradition in Irish Christianity?
- July 26, 2016, 01:14
It is a curious fact that Ireland, despite its over 1,500 years of Christianity, has produced only one speculative thinker with the reputation of bein(...)
Unthinkable: Should we give up on utopian politics?
- May 31, 2016, 06:00
Every generation flirts with utopian ideals. A hundred years ago, we had Patrick Pearse’s nationalistic vision of a self-sustaining Ireland born of b(...)
Buster’s last stand – An Irishman’s Diary about one of the 20th century’s great comedians
- January 30, 2016, 01:00
The great comedian Buster Keaton was not an Irish-American (or not much of one, anyway) contrary to what many people think. But he did start his caree(...)
Does Ireland’s ‘greatest’ philosopher stand the test of time?
- April 4, 2014, 01:00
George Berkeley occupies a place in philosophy above perhaps any other Irish thinker. But the former bishop of Cloyne and Trinity College Dublin al(...)