Joe Humphreys on a necessary remembering, a demonstration for all those crying ‘revolution’ that violence once unleashed is uncontrollable. What’s your favourite book? Send us your review of a title you love to [email protected] and each week, we...
Unthinkable: When the robots take over you’d better hope they’re merciful, says author Malcolm Bull
Joe HumphreysBefore you join the next social media pile-on, consider that without forgiveness we're all screwed. Discussing the importance of mercy with Malcolm Bull @PrincetonUPress for this week's @IrishTimesCultr #Unthinkable #philosophy column
Review: AC Grayling is a superb communicator of complex concepts but there are absent voices: women and Irish philosophers for starters
Joe HumphreysReviewing The History of #Philosophy by AC Grayling. No virtue signalling intended but tracing the evolution of ideas through a parade of (mainly male, Western) 'big names' just doesn't seem like the best one can do in 2019. Via @IrishTimesCultr
Unthinkable: There is merit in a virtuous patriotism but it can't be instilled through trickery or threats, says Randall Curren
Joe HumphreysFlag-waving and anthem-singing does not create good citizens. The science shows it, says Randall Curren, this week's @IrishTimesCultr #Unthinkable #philosophy column guest. (Advocates of the mandatory teaching of our ancestors' blood sacrifice take note.)
No Child 2020: ‘No child should feel isolated because of their mental health struggles’
Joe HumphreysOf all the cruelties of the two-tier Irish health system, making children wait for mental health services must be the worst.
2,606 kids are on waiting lists for mental health services (1 in 8 has been waiting a year plus). It should be zero. #NoChild2020
Unthinkable: The Kerry ‘eco-poet’ John Moriarty illuminates a better way for humanity, says Michael W Higgins
Joe HumphreysWhy has John Moriarty been relatively neglected in the Irish canon? Because he was too imprecise in his reasoning, or because we have become less tolerant of Christian reference points. Possibly a bit of both.
Unthinkable: Lack of cultural access is a serious wrong, says philosopher Rachel Fraser
Joe HumphreysI'm missing #Chernobyl as I don't have Sky Atlantic. Could I be suffering an aesthetic injustice? Discussing the 'right to cultural access' with Rachel Fraser @UniofOxford for the @IrishTimesCultr weekly #philosophy column
Midfielder will struggle to be motivated after Champions League heartache with Spurs
Joe HumphreysSport is ultimately an elaborate joke, which is why the most honest sports writing makes you laugh out loud. @kenearlys again shows how it's done!... "Ireland are the cup of milky coffee you spill over yourself at the start of a long train journey."
Unthinkable: The Stoic philosopher Seneca debunked the idea of ‘righteous anger’, his translator explains
Joe HumphreysWhat a wonderful concept Seneca came up with 2,000 years ago: Live under a “pact of mutual leniency”. (As told by @JamesRomm for this week's @IrishTimesCultr #Unthinkable #philosophy column)
Raymond Tallis thinks through what not thinking things through involves.
Joe HumphreysIf you're not philosophy-d out after the Irish Young #Philosophy Awards #IYPA19 @ProfRayTallis has a brilliant read in the latest @PhilosophyNow on the many ways of failing to be a philosopher
Centenary of author’s birth in Dublin is being used as an occasion to reclaim her moral vision
Joe HumphreysThe centenary of Iris Murdoch’s birth in Dublin takes place on July 15th. Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman of @parenthesis_in explain why her moral vision matters, and what you can do to honour it #PhilosophyByPostcard