Robert Grant

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Greek philosopher Socrates claimed the unexamined life is not worth living.

In a programme on RTÉ One television being shown tonight, Trinity College philosopher Dr Robert Grant makes the case for teaching philosophy in school(...)

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(...)

Rob Grant  and Stomptown Brass

Truth has died; so, we decided to have a funeral. Across cultures and throughout history, humans have engaged in practices to mark the death of those(...)

‘‘Safe, legal and free’ abortion permits unequal protection under the law, allowing deliberate action against innocent human beings.’  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us. Has Robert Burns’s wish been fulfilled for the pro-life constituency? Perhaps. (...)

Irish women are well aware of what is involved in making the choice to have an abortion.

The phrase “abortion on demand” has taken a central place in the debate surrounding the eighth amendment in Ireland. It is used most often by those wh(...)

This year’s March for Choice in Dublin, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign. Supporting the legalisation of abortion does not imply that you morally agree or disagree with it. It is merely an acknowledgment of the reality that it happens, combined with a commitment to show compassion to Irish citizens. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The possibility of finding a consensus in the public debate about abortion often appears hopeless. Deeply held beliefs about a woman’s bodily integrit(...)

‘Our first instinct when confronted with anything out of the ordinary is to take out our phone and create a small, 2D, digital representation. The default way, as a tourist, to experience iconic buildings and sights is to take a photo. Doing so has become more important that actually experiencing it directly.’  Photograph: Getty Images

We live in a culture that pathologically captures and records our lives in the form of images. Billions of photographs and hundreds of hours of video (...)

‘By revealing the limitations of what we know, philosophy also teaches students a measure of humility and caution; two much-needed values in a world that reveres decisive action.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The idea of introducing philosophy to secondary schools has enjoyed some attention recently. This has been motivated, in part, by frustration with our(...)

‘The New Atheists – Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins (above) and Christopher Hitchens – have become immensely popular in the last decade through a series of blistering attacks on religion.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The New Atheists – Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens – have become immensely popular in the past decade through a series of blister(...)