Philip Pettit

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Wolfe Tone is the recognised father of Irish republicanism.

Ireland has a strange relationship with the word “republican”. It was first associated here with Wolfe Tone’s campaign for Irish self-determination, a(...)

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in  Vatican City, Rome. ‘It is reasonable to hope in a particular rational ordering of things,’ says philosopher Patrick Masterson. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Possibly the single biggest trend in philosophy in the past 50 years has been the decline of metaphysics. “Meta-what?” you say (proving the point). M(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin’s position is to be “heartily sorry” for “those who were hurt by the IRA”, but not to be one bit sorry for the “armed struggle” in which they were hurt. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Dissident republicans are neither. The idea of dissidence is to oppose and contest received ideas, to challenge calcified cliches. The gangsters who c(...)

We might say that the most distinctive thing about contemporary Irish identity is precisely its radical openness

Irish people like to think of themselves as very strongly bonded to each other. Eurobarometer polls find that people in Ireland are the most(...)

A Border sign in Pettigo, Co Donegal: a shared-space arrangement would enable a shared civil and commercial life, while preserving  current political identities. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A hard Brexit spells trouble for life on both sides of the Irish Border and our only hope, as all seem to agree, is to establish a special relationshi(...)

Donald Trump releases his medical records – on TV. By some estimates, the president-elect benefited to the tune of more than $5bn worth of free airtime. Photograph: Sony Pictures Television

As the Trump team unveiled plans to eliminate Nasa research on climate change, one senior scientist noted that this would be like “ripping out the air(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will be the keynote speaker at a national conference on the Easter Rising at NUI Galway on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted the State has failed in the past to give the arts the support they deserve. Mr Kenny said the Easter Rising commem(...)

‘One of the cheering things in Ireland over the last few decades has been [the development of] a multicultural society which has gone hand-in-hand with secularisation and the opening of borders,’ says historian Roy Foster. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Roy Foster: ‘As long as Irish politics operate fairly effectively, the country has a good future’ It wasn’t all about faith and fatherland. The lead(...)

Denis Bergin on graduation day in 1966 with his parents Richard and Mary.

On a recent Sunday, some 40 elderly men gathered to mark 50 years since graduation. The Maynooth Class of 1966. Back in September 1963, dressed in uni(...)

Crowds outside the GPO in Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. The details of the national conference on the 1916 Easter Rising have been announced. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The details of the national conference on the 1916 Easter Rising have been announced. The conference is one of the last setpiece events of the centen(...)

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