Only the emergence of proper leadership can avert Brexit fiasco
- June 23, 2019, 11:31
Late-night holiday conversations have never taken on a more dystopian tone. I thought the wine-fuelled Brexit rows of the past three years were bad, b(...)
Unthinkable: Are public manners in a state of decline?
- April 26, 2016
Examples of bad manners in public life are not hard to find. Take the average online debate on religion, gender or migration. Or the stump rhetoric o(...)
Coping: Approaching 30 and alone in the dark with a mutinous brain
- March 2, 2016, 07:00
I have had bad bouts of insomnia in the past, but this one has involved more fretting than the rest. One night last week, deep into the long worry hou(...)
Unthinkable: Should children be encouraged to doubt?
- May 19, 2015, 09:00
Plans are afoot to create a short course in philosophy in the new junior cycle, but even this modest reform faces barriers. A crowded curriculum, o(...)
Unthinkable: Are parents entitled to rule their children?
- May 12, 2015, 01:00
Children’s rights have come a long way since Abraham tied up his son Isaac for slaughter on God’s command. The notion that children have a right to(...)
Unthinkable: Are elite students just excellent sheep?
- September 30, 2014, 01:00
Former Yale professor William Deresiewicz has sparked an fiery debate in the US about the point of higher education. His essay Don’t Send Your Kid to(...)
Unthinkable: Was Socrates right about the unexamined life?
- November 22, 2013, 01:00
In a bid to push beyond “common sense”, The Irish Times explores important ideas of the past, present and future through conversations with different (...)