Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—“Why Does Irony Matter?” will be the topic of the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation by philosopher Jonathan Lear on Thurs., Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

Lear, who is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, writes about the philosophical concepts of the human psyche. During his Grinnell lecture, Lear will discuss views of irony from philosophers Socrates and Kierkegaard and the use of irony in psychoanalysis.

A trained psychoanalyst, Lear is the author of several books including “Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony,” “Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul,” and “Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life.” Lear is also the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award.

Lear’s lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.