There is: Room to Improve, The Great House Revival, Home of the Year, and now Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Houses. At the same time on the same channels, the same organisations report on our crisis in housing.  Photograph: Eric Luke

We are living in an extreme state of cognitive dissonance in Ireland of late. The dissonance - a tension between two contradictory ideas - is apparen(...)

Gateway to castle Marburg

They must have great calf muscles in Marburg. Their ankles must be able for any challenge. The cobbled streets of this medieval German town demand – a(...)

Whether driven by market ideology or rationalisation, universities are choked by top-down imposition of corporate thinking and managerial vocabulary, say academics Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin. Photo: iStock/Getty

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(...)

Studies prove that we’re hardwired to prefer what we know. Image: Getty

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(...)

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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 (...)

‘Seamus Heaney suggested that if the American national myth is the frontier, the Irish national myth is the bog.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)

Edith Stein: believed there is an important link between empathy and knowledge

TODAY’S IDEAInnovators have moral responsibilities tooIn the headlong rush to embrace the “knowledge economy”, there has been little reflection on the(...)

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

In its attempt to get to grips with the intricate mind of the great German-Jewish political theorist who helped refine thinking on the Holocaust, Marg(...)

We should blame Socrates for the high regard in which philosophers are held. Here was a man who was sentenced to death and, instead of doing a runner,(...)