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

Hosted by Forum for Philosophy

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Paul Fagan

Founder, The International Flann O’Brien Society

Caitlín Doherty

Poet and historian

David Papineau

Professor of Philosophy, KCL/CUNY


Clare Moriarty

Fellow, Forum for Philosophy and IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

‘What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness’—Flann O'Brien. The Philosopher’s Book Club is back and 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. Join us as we bring philosophical and literary minds together to answer the question, ‘Is it about a bicycle?’.

Paul Fagan is an editor for The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies and founder of The International Flann O’Brien Society.

Caitlín Doherty is a poet and historian.

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy, KCL/CUNY.

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

The Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization that hosts events exploring science, politics and culture from a philosophical perspective.

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