Outrageous to have hundreds of empty buildings alongside a shortage of houses
- February 26, 2019, 01:05
We are living in an extreme state of cognitive dissonance in Ireland of late. The dissonance - a tension between two contradictory ideas - is apparen(...)
Academics must take action to save colleges from market’s incursion
- September 20, 2017, 11:00
In Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 short story Good Country People, a young woman named Hulga Hopewell holds a PhD in philosophy. Hulga is an expert on the G(...)
Ever get home from holiday to think ‘My house is really rather nice’?
- August 12, 2017, 06:00
The time of year has put holidays in my mind. We’ve all had the experience of arriving at our destination and your heart lifting at exactly how lovely(...)
Unthinkable: Is ‘living in the now’ such a good idea?
- March 15, 2016, 01:00
An ever-expanding mindfulness industry tells us to “live in the now” and to “be present” in the moment. But what do these exhortations mean when the (...)
Is Irish literature too local to have philosophical heft?
- May 23, 2014, 01:00
Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)
Unthinkable: Does innovation always mean improvement?
- December 13, 2013, 01:00
TODAY’S IDEAInnovators have moral responsibilities tooIn the headlong rush to embrace the “knowledge economy”, there has been little reflection on the(...)