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Apr 09

As you can see the avatar has been changed. The new image is of a salmon leaping so that it grasps its own tail. The salmon was a symbol of wisdom and knowledge in Irish myth. The Fiannaidheacht (Fenian cycle of stories) include a tale where Fionn mac Cumhaill (anglicised to Finn McCool) was set by his master, the druid Finnegas to catch the salmon of knowledge who lived in a pool on the Boyne....


Medieval snap; or The necessity of martyrs

Medieval snap; or The necessity of martyrs

Apr 03

An early horse meat scandal in Ireland (via “Topography”) A look at the history of Irish philosophy shows that a rather high proportion of our well known philosophers worked abroad. But we do know that bishops capable of debate were around before John Toland aggravated Bishops Edward Synge and William King. Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis) came to Ireland to visit his Barry...


Borges on Irish Philosophy

Borges on Irish Philosophy

Mar 17

I was intrigued by these quotes from Jorge-Luis Borges in Richard Kearney’s Post-Nationalist Ireland. My father introduced me to Berkeley’s philosophy at the age of ten. Before I was even able to read or write properly he taught me to think. He was a professor of psychology and every day after dinner he would give me a philosophy lesson. I remember very well how he first introduced me to...


Double Irish

Double Irish

Mar 17

Johannes Scotus Eriugena. One of the best philosophers this island has ever produced. Second only to Berkeley probably. Double Irish? Scotus (Scot) was the name for a Irishman at the time, but many lived in Scotland (due to invading). Eriugena means “born in Ireland”. So Johannes Scotus Eriugena means “Irish John born in Ireland”. Sadly, I don’t understand him....