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A Philosopher Looks at The Sense of Humor Paperback – July 31, 2013
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"Richard's new book is a wonderful addition to the growing literature of the field and its focus on the sense of humor and not jokes, laughter, or humor writ large gives his work the sort of rigor and focus that we need to be taken seriously as a subfield..." -- Steve Gimbel, Chairperson/Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Philosophy at Gettysburg College, presented at the 7th Annual Lighthearted Philosophers' Society Conference.
"Not only is Richards' book delightful, inspiring and intellectually stimulating, it's fun to read. Besides providing further food for thought, Richards gives a concise and cogent definition of "the sense of humor," describing how it's related to happiness but is distinct from comedy, laughter and aesthetic pleasure in general. He also includes a few jokes and witticisms of his own. This book is not just for philosophers, but for anyone with a sense of humor who can't imagine life without the unique kind of pleasure it affords..." -- Camille Atkinson, PhD, Bend OR, Review in Metapsychology Online Reviews, May 13th 2014 (Volume 18, Issue 20).
About the Author
Richard C. Richards, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, taught various philosophy courses at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for nearly forty odd years. Actually only half those years were odd. The other half were even. It is odd that even the even years were a bit odd. And the odd years were surprisingly even, though there were odd moments. He taught courses in Philosophy of the Arts, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Logic and Semantics, Ethics, Business and Professional Ethics, Philosophy of Love and Sex, Aristotle, Existentialism, and The Philosophy of Humor. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California Santa Barbara, and his graduate degrees at UCLA, where he specialized in medieval philosophy, especially the philosophies of William Ockham and John of Mirecourt. He and his wife of thirty years, Marlene, are enjoying retirement with travel, operas, and concerts. He also hybridizes irises and has won national awards with his introductions of irises into the national iris trade.