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

25 February | 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.


Katherine Ebury
Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, Sheffield University

Paul Fagan
Senior Scientist, Salzburg University

David Papineau
Professor of Philosophy, KCL/CUNY


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


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



25 February
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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