The June Philosophy in the Library asks: What is the essence of jerkitude? And why is it that jerks so rarely realize what huge jerks they are? If jerks don't know that they're jerks, might you yourself be a jerk without realizing it? Professor Schwitzgebel will explain the causes of the jerk's frustratingly singular lack of self-knowledge, and he will argue that the best approach to assessing your true degree of jerkitude is to notice how often you see the world through "jerk goggles".
Eric Schwitzgebel is a Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Riverside, and author of A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures. He also publishes on consciousness, the nature of belief, the weirdness of the world, and the moral behavior of ethics professors. He blogs regularly at The Splintered Mind.