Public Philosophy Network

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The Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York is now hosting three philosophy programs for the general public. There are now two philosophy discussion groups at two different locations and one lecture series titled Brooklyn Public Philosophers. From the library's event calendar:

Brooklyn Public Philosophers is a monthly series of talks and discussions. It's a forum for philosophers based in and around Brooklyn to speak with a general audience about their work. The aim is to broaden the discussion of important philosophical issues and to increase communication between academic philosophers and the general public. For more information, visit

The first lecture, to be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 is described as follows:

Tonight's theme: "Sound of Da Police: Extracted Speech and Authority." Rachel McKinney (CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College) will talk about the things cops do to get you to say things you don't mean to say. She will discuss these strategies in the context of authority, antagonism, and communicative violence. Along the way we'll talk a bit about Grice, speech act theory, and applied philosophy of language.


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