Ireland’s Moral Crisis – Part 2

In part 1 of this essay, I briefly sketched out the traditional source of moral principles, which for the great majority of societies has been and continues to be religion. Ireland is, or was, no exception to this, having, up to recently, been a country known for taking religion seriously in public as well as in private. Beginning in the late 1950’s Ireland took steps that brought about the beginning of the end of this state of affairs. ...

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Ireland’s Moral Crisis – A Philosophical Perspective: Part 1

Ireland’s moral crisis – a philosophical perspective: part 1

Ireland is undergoing a profound moral crisis and has been since at least the late 1950’s, but it’s only in the last twenty years or so that its effects have become very palpable, and in the last ten, that its consequences are starting to significantly transform Irish society. The domestic pre-history of this crisis is a complicated issue which I will leave aside for the moment. What interests me here ...

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Philosophy and the Modern World – Introduction

Modern Society: the Context of Philosophical Counselling

One of the most important factors we need to keep uppermost in our minds when we engage in philosophical counselling – as counsellor or as client – is the larger social context which we inhabit but which to a great extent has also shaped us. We often hear about the nature/nurture debate in child development or discussions about cultural differences and multiculturalism. To what extent are we shaped by nature; our biological ...

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