Writing

Dr. O’Brian has authored Journeys of Janus: Explorations in Irish Philosophy, numerous philosophical essays and poems.

Philosophical Works

Essays

Journeys of Janus:
Explorations in Irish Philosophy

Does It Depend On What You Believe?

Wisdom, War, and Doubt: Notes On Responsible Believing

Religion as Cosmic Metaphor

Why Poetry Is Not Technology: The Inexplicability of Metaphor

Seamus Heaney: The Inter-Poetic Journey

Toward a Philosophy of Educational Risk

Metaphors as Interrogatives

Toward an Ethic of Desires

Keith Lehrer on Self-Trustworthiness

A book exploring five Irish philosophers.

Prologue

John Scottus Eriugena

John Toland

George Berkeley

Francis Hutcheson

Iris Murdoch

Epilogue

Poetry

The Glore River Art Center, Ireland

The Traveler Watches a Woman

Shoemaker’s Café, Towanda, Illinois

The Dog

Obeisance

A Celt Answers a Critic of Her Free Sexual Ways

Betsy

In Celebration of a Dissertation on Some Ancient Philosophers

The Wave