Meet the Author - Andrew Pessin

Event date: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
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471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Andrew Pessin Event

The Irrationalist
by Andrew Pessin

In 1649, René Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Shortly thereafter he was dead. Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher? Turns out: nearly everyone. An historical murder mystery based closely on real events: the difficult life and mysterious death of the famous 17th-century philosopher René Descartes.

Andrew Pessin is Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, with degrees from Yale and Columbia—though he is perhaps best known for his appearances years ago as “The Genius” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Author of many academic articles and books, he has also published several works of philosophy for the general reader, one of which—Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers—was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2013” by Choice. His first novel, The Second Daughter, was written under the pen name J. Jeffrey (read the novel to find out why the pen name!) and was a Semi-Finalist in Literary Fiction at The Kindle Book Review Book awards. His new novel, The Irrationalist, is an historical murder mystery based closely on the sad and tragic life, and mysterious death, of the famous philosopher René Descartes. In his spare time he composes and and can occasionally be coaxed to perform amusing philosophy songs. For more information about him or his work, please visit