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Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Cohen doesn't fall into this standard academic rap, and so his arguments were a novelty.
I especially enjoyed the joke based on Niels Abel's commutative groups, as I didn't realize that mathematicians had a sense of humor that was parlayed into such odd and exquisite visions.
The ending was an attempt to take on the morality of joking in an age in which almost everyone is offended by everything from dust to sun-rises. While Cohen says go ahead and be offended, he also says to not try to outlaw other people's sense of humor. I felt he set up a Catch-22 that needed more work. On what basis is it reasonable to be offended?
Is it ever reasonable?
Unfortunately, the book ended in this snag of ook after seventy good pages building a model of the joke-work as a mode of appreciation. To end with the Maoist stalemate that has held culture in a quagmire of contention was less than cheering, not that I myself know any way out of that quagmire of ooky skook.
Thank heavens jokes live on. Some of these are really unusual, and Cohen's commentary is always scintillating. Bravo! I am tickled that this book was written and published. Everyone in America should have a heavily annotated copy under their pillow and we would begin to have a civilization worthy of the zig-zags and ziggurats of the star-bellied Sneetches.
-- Kirby Olson, Author
Comedy after Postmodernism
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I knew Ted Cohen briefly, as he was my thesis advisor at the University of Chicago. The world should and will forget Ted Cohen's unwelcome idea that there is no theory of jokes or... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher Gontar
Excellent presentation of joking from a different viewpoint.Published on July 9, 2014 by John Moran
Of course I read this book, sort of, five years ago when I received it as a gift. It is unlikely ever to be more famous than Lenny Bruce, who had the honor of Dustin Hoffman... Read morePublished on February 27, 2005 by Bruce P. Barten
ted cohen is bleeding hilarious. he's even funnier in person than on paper. he happens to be my philosophy professor - ain't i lucky?
buy that book!!