Michael Patrick Lynch

Michael Patrick Lynch is a writer, professor of philosophy and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. He is the author or editor of seven books, including most recently, In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy (MIT Press, 2012) as well as Truth as One and Many and True to Life which the NY Times Sunday Book Review described as “marvelous…a passionate demonstration that truth matters.” The recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lynch has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bogliasco Foundation among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Times “The Stone” weblog, he is the author of a amicus curiae brief on behalf of the ACLU’s federal case against the NSA. Lynch is presently working on a new book about the changing face of knowledge for W.W. Norton, The Knowledge Machine: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data.