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The Philosophers’ Book Club: Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman

25 February 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door

 

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 discuss 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. Join us as we bring philosophical and literary minds together to answer the question, ‘Is it about a bicycle?’.

At the Philosophers’ Book Club, we select a work of fiction or biography for philosophical dissection by our panel. Although you are encouraged read the book in advance, it is by no means necessary.

 

Speakers
Katherine Ebury
Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, Sheffield University

Paul Fagan
Researcher in Cultural Studies and Modernism, University of Vienna

David Papineau
Professor of Philosophy, KCL/Cuny

 

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

 

Quick accessibility map here. Full access information for the New Academic Building in general, and the Wolfson Theatre in particular, available here.

 

All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door

 

Details

Date:
25 February 2020
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map