William James

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Four years ago: Laura Kennedy as a Trinity College PhD philosophy student in 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four years ago in this newspaper, I wrote an article about falling in love with a man; a man who died in 1677. In March of this year, I wrote another (...)

Jordan Peterson: neither a Christ figure nor a sexist, transphobic, tyrannical Antichrist. Photograph: James Forde

Until recently the name of Dr Jordan Peterson will have been familiar to very few Irish people. But, on social media at least, the Canadian professor (...)

‘What is the effect of resisting all gun control?’ the pragmatist would ask. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

How to deal with disagreement is an urgent challenge of our times. Without ground rules for adjudicating on competing claims, decisions get made by fo(...)

American author Henry James in the early 20th century. Photograph: William M Van der Weyde/George Eastman House/Getty Images

Although I often feel that I have been reading him since I was in the cradle, the somewhat embarrassing fact is that I came late to Henry James. It wa(...)

Are you getting stressed just looking at this?

We don’t want to hear it but we need to: stress is good for us. In fact, the right amount is very good for us, while too little or too much can prove (...)

Richard Dawkins: developed the theory of ‘memes’ in part to explain the durability of religion. Photograph: Alan Betson

A popular way in which atheists try to explain religious belief is to label it a “meme”. The idea, advanced by evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins,(...)

The lies we tell: “Nietzsche claimed we lie to ourselves about 100 times more than we lie to others.”

How many lies do you tell a day? Start counting. You may be shocked by the answer, especially if you include those little lies about how you’re powerl(...)

This is a new year to take charge of your life and embrace the frightening changes you might have been putting off.

I have always found New Year’s Eve, and the days that flank it, a little bit depressing. Rather than looking forward to a new year, I’ll fixate on peo(...)

55 North Circular Road: the attractive 188sq m property is on sale for €595,000

Along the line of terraced houses on North Circular Road, number 55 stands out from many of its neighbours. The newly installed garden, with box hedgi(...)

Sir Julian King: Commissioner for the Security Union. Photograph: FCO/PA Wire

Britain’s new EU commissioner, Sir Julian King – a former ambassador to Ireland – has been asked to help develop European security and counter-terrori(...)

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