“Why Does Irony Matter?” is the topic of the 31st Annual Henri J. Renard, S.J., Endowed Lecture in Philosophy at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, in room 3023 of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 602 N. 20th St. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Jonathan Lear, Ph.D., John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, will present the lecture. Lear’s work focuses on philosophical conceptions of the human psyche from Socrates to the present.
He is the author of several books including: Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (2006); Freud (2005); Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony (2003); and Open Minded: Working out the Logic of the Soul (1998).
Lear studied philosophy at Cambridge University and The Rockefeller University where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. He also trained as a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.