Paul Fagan /Clare Moriarty/ David Papineau

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What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness.’

The Philosopher’s Book Club is back! We’re discussing Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman, a novel about the consequences of a murder occasioned by the narrator’s desire to publish a book about his favourite philosopher, de Selby. From bicycles and wooden legs to dualism and the nature of reality, O’Brien’s absurdist tale contains more philosophical themes (and footnotes) than you can shake a stick at. We bring philosophical and literary minds together to answer the question, ‘Is it about a bicycle?’.

Paul Fagan, Editor, The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies & Founder, The International Flann O’Brien Society
David Papineau, Professor of Philosophy, KCL/CUNY

Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin


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