John Moriarty’s stomping ground: Gleann na gCappel, the Horses’ Glen, in the Mangerton massif, Co Kerry.

The emphasis on staycationing this summer has given people an opportunity to rediscover Ireland anew. Intellectually curious holidaymakers who might o(...)

Irish philosopher George Berkeley believed ‘participation in social order was really central to being human’.  Image: Hulton Archive

The days of uncritically lionising great men of western civilisation are coming to an end. Some see this as a threat to social order but surely hero-w(...)

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,(...)

The Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will examine its colonial legacy in Ireland and across the British Empire in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.(...)

Earlier this week in Dublin two Luke Kelly sculptures were doused in white paint. Photograph: Alan Betson

What do Luke Kelly and Edward Colston have in common? Kelly was a working class Dubliner, legendary singer, communist, folk hero. Colston was a mercha(...)

George Berkeley. Aside from supporting slavery, ‘in his later political work, he is pretty grim on the Irish peasantry too’, says TCD researcher Clare Moriarty. Image: Hulton Archive

As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervo(...)

Existentialist philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre enjoy the freedom of the beach in Rio in 1960. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

Our movements have been restricted by the Covid-19 lockdown, but there’s nothing to stop our minds from running free. In that spirit, Unthinkable this(...)

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(...)

“It’s only recently that we thought animals should be treated with respect and dignity and not tormented.” Photograph: iStock

Western civilisation has been slow to take seriously the suffering of animals. For “slow” read thousands of years, and yet we’re only starting to get (...)

‘Adventures in Philosophy’ illustrator Paula McGloin with  author Brendan O’Donoghue.  Photograph: Ruth Medjber

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(...)

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