Stoicism   is an ancient philosophy that focuses on character: being a good, decent person and standing up for your principles

Stoicism is one of those things that is often misunderstood. Either you think of it as a state of mind that involves silent old men who never talk abo(...)

Ireland performs well in promoting educational equality amongst children, being ranked second out of 41 developed countries in the latest UNICEF report.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed in his Meditations that “poverty is the mother of crime”. Nothing has c(...)

Nero’s violin playing amidst chaos and destruction that he caused has contemporary resonance in Boris Johnson’s newspaper columns

The Brexit debacle has been caused by many things, most notably a lack of awareness of history. And what we are witnessing is itself historic - but no(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton plays the sax with BB King (right) and Dave Boruff (centre) in 2001. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

I watched a video recently in which Leo Varadkar wanders among the common man, sometimes just in his shirt sleeves like some sort of crazed nudist, ma(...)

It is a simple enough error, but it plagued me all weekend - Sorry, Epictetus

I made an error, and quite an embarrassing one for a philosopher to make. In a recent article covering an interview with Dr Jordan Peterson, the Canad(...)

Jordan Peterson: neither a Christ figure nor a sexist, transphobic, tyrannical Antichrist. Photograph: James Forde

Until recently the name of Dr Jordan Peterson will have been familiar to very few Irish people. But, on social media at least, the Canadian professor (...)

‘We are not perfect the way we are. If we were, we could declare ourselves finished articles’

Crises of confidence are common to all of us. There is nothing like failure, or the anticipation of it, to make us question the assessments we make of(...)

Bed as an opt-out clause isn’t a new approach, and neither is struggling to peel ourselves from it when we fully intend to, but just need five more minutes.

Many people consider January a glum month. It is dark and bitingly cold, and the twinkling warmth and excess of Christmas is behind us (sometimes lite(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: dismissive of the idea that social media and artificial intelligence could be used for global domination. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The idea of Mark Zuckerberg running for president was always sort of scary. But now it’s really scary, given what we’ve discovered about the power of (...)

Laura Kennedy as a Trinity College PhD philosophy student. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Latin word for what we would usually call mercy, clementia, has caused some dispute among scholars. Some translate it as “clemency”, which is a ra(...)

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