Tuesday 23 January 2018

John-Paul McCarthy: Blaming Famine for our neurosis

Irish-Americans' take on 'traumatic memory' tends towards the simplistic, writes John-Paul McCarthy

DIASPORA: Actress Fionnuala O’Flanagan, whose husband Dr Garrett O’Connor coined the phrase ‘malignant shame’
DIASPORA: Actress Fionnuala O’Flanagan, whose husband Dr Garrett O’Connor coined the phrase ‘malignant shame’

John-Paul McCarthy

The philosophy professor Richard Kearney made a welcome return to our national debate last week.

Civic-minded philosophers have been rare in Irish life for the most part.

We have never produced anyone to rival the influence of the late Bernard Williams in Britain or Martha Nussbaum in the USA.

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