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Jonathan Lear Visits Harvard to Discuss Human Condition

Jonathan Lear, professor of philosophy and Committee on Social Thought, visited Harvard University in November 2009 to kick off their annual Tanner Lecture series.  In his lecture Lear, “emphasized the importance of developing an appreciation for irony—the circumstance in which a seemingly comfortable truth returns in an unfamiliar form, disrupting one’s world-view and self-perception.”  Although he was discussing advanced philosophical conceits, Lear made a point of directing his lecture towards an audience comprised of a wide cross-section of faculty, students, and staff, including Harvard President Drew G. Faust.

To read more about Jonathan Lear’s lecture in The Harvard Crimson please click here.

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