We were thrilled to be part of the Irish Young Philosopher’s Awards Festival this year, created and run by In Parenthesis friends and collaborators Aine Mahon and Danielle Petheridge. The event was presided over by Irish president Michael D. Higgins, who, in inimitable fashion, gave a rousing address against “a narrow and utilitarian view of… education – one that suggests we exist to be made useful – which leads to a great loss of the capacity to critically evaluate, question and challenge”.

Among the 350 finalists, was Amelia O’Donnell, 11, pictured with Clare, and winner of the Iris Murdoch prize. Amelia was awarded the prize for her design of a postcard on the theme of moral vision in Murdoch’s philosophy. Amelia’s beautiful design will be one of 1o specially commissioned works to feature in our Philosophy by Postcard project. It will be on display at Temple Bar Galleries and Studios in September 2020.