As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, a panel of philosophy-loving, Brooklyn-based braniacs will convene at the Barnes and Noble on Court Street to discuss the borough as a breeding ground for major thinkers past and present. They’ll probe the question of whether it’s proximity to Manhattan that inspires intellectual striving among the borough’s inhabitants, or whether there’s something in the water, or perhaps the pizza dough, that feeds original thought and creative genius. 

The panelists include Thomas Campanella, author of “Brooklyn: The Once and Future City,” Carlin Romano, author of “America the Philosophical,” Ian Olasov, director of Brooklyn Philosophers speaking series and Jeanne Proust, French philosopher and NYU professor. 

This free event is sponsored by The National Book Critics Circle. It begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 at 106 Court St. 

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