Pilgrims waiting in  Phoenix Park, Dublin for the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has led to calls for a new type of dialogue between religious and non-religious people. Some Catholics claim to b(...)

Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord, with Leenane in the distance. Photograph:  Gerard Lovett. flickr.com

Almost 30 years ago, we idly mentioned to a friend that we had an idea about writing a book about Irish food. “You write it and I’ll publish it,” he (...)

‘Wisdom is applied, personal and not hypothetical and hence cannot be stored in a library.’  Photograpyh:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

If you’re still feeling numb after the political events of 2017 take note of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s advice: “Just improve yourself; that is all you can(...)

Photographer Walter Pfeiffer once met a man from Roundstone who told him “Connemara is grey”. “Grey it certainly is on countless days in winter and o(...)

Ralph Steadman cartoon of Hunter Thompson, from the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S Thompson directed by Alex Gibney

One day in 1970 Ralph Steadman was out on a boat, covering the America’s Cup yacht race and feeling seasick. The illustrator’s companion on the water(...)

Sebastian Barry: “That’s enough of that, I say, I don’t want to say no more. Silence.” Photograph: Alan Betson

In some ways it seems a bit of a puzzle that in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which was published a century ago, James Joyce’s alter ego, (...)

Prof Harry G Frankfurt, moral philosopher at Princeton University. In his treatise On Bullshit he directs his fire at members of his own profession.

World Philosophy Day, which takes place this Thursday, is one of the more neglected anniversaries in the calendar. Last year it fell on the same dat(...)

Larry David in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: the ‘cringe comedy’ premiered in 2000

Ludwig Wittgenstein is reputed to have said that a good philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes but by praising humour he was in a mino(...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

If Ireland can lay claim to St Patrick, Mick McCarthy and Barack Obama, surely it can take some ownership of Ludwig Wittgenstein too. The Austrian (...)

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