Thompson disagrees that “Philosophy [is] on the whole no laughing matter.” — W.V.O. Quine, Quiddities. To formally register his disagreement, Thompson will lead a fun discussion on the oeuvres of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, e.g., “Dead Parrot” (Episode 8), “Argument Clinic” (Episode 29), and their movie “The Meaning of Life”, along with selections from Hardcastle and Reich’s (2006) “Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think”. An informal lunch will be provided.
Frank Thompson is a social scientist (Ph.D., Economics, Michigan, 1998) with a broad background in the humanities (Ph.D., Philosophy, Harvard, 1973). His teaching in the Residential College, centered in political economy including normative matters, complements his courses in the LSA Economics Department devoted to economic development, inequality, and philosophical questions arising in social science, especially in economics.
Thompson’s articles have been published in both philosophy and economics journals. A current focus of his research is intergenerational justice, i.e., how much should we save and how fast should we deplete nonrenewable natural resources.