Christopher, a philosophy professor preparing a lecture on the work of Schopenhauer, is engaged by his son and daughter, Jack and Petra, to help rescue his brother Michael. Michael's wife, Cornelia, has died, leaving Michael in a pit of drunken despair, threatening suicide in a local pub.
Christopher, who wishes to remain in his ivory tower of philosophical reflections, reluctantly joins his grown children on their ultimately successful mission; Michael leaves the pub and eventually a funeral for Cornelia is held.
This apparently small sacrifice appears to cost much, however, as Christopher's desire to personally and professionally develop is parked in deference to his duties to his family.
The Irish Times described the play as 'One of [Murphy's] most disturbing, most affecting, and most subjective works . . . the whole adds up to an important event in Irish theatre'. Too Late for Logic premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in October 1989.