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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon following in the footsteps of Socrates and Aristophanes on the set of The Trip to Greece. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

Comedy has played a central role in philosophy from the days of ancient Greece. Diogenes was renowned for oddball stunts. Zeno of Elea traded in amusi(...)

Boris Johnson acts as if the greatest insight to be drawn is the one explained in Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘nothing really matters’. Nothing but himself, of course. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

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(...)

Donald Trump: the US Republican presidential contest has become uncivil

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(...)

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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(...)

‘We can’t hide from children that there are some things that are complicated.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

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(...)

Building blocks: ‘If we see children as our moral equals, then we should be in favour of student-centred education that is not authoritarian and not designed primarily to indoctrinate.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

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(...)

Baa’d education: William Deresiewicz identifies a slavish acceptance of market values as the rot at the heart of the US’s top universities. Photograph: Thinkstock

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(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital has fuelled fierce debate about inequality

The economic collapse has revived the fortunes of equality, a principle once scoffed at by ruling politicians. The French economist Thomas Pike(...)

Socrates with Athena looking over his shoulder in Athens

In a bid to push beyond “common sense”, The Irish Times explores important ideas of the past, present and future through conversations with different (...)