Free e-book of the month: Jokes

March 1, 2010
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Ted Cohen’s funny and fascinating philosophical exploration of the nature of jokes in Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, is now available for free download at the University of Chicago Press website.
About the book:

Jokes is a book of jokes and a book about them. Cohen loves a good laugh, but as a philosopher, he is also interested in how jokes work, why they work, and when they don’t. The delight at the end of a joke is the result of a complex set of conditions and processes, and Cohen takes us through these conditions in a philosophical exploration of humor. He considers questions of audience, selection of joke topics, the ethnic character of jokes, and their morality, all with plenty of examples that will make you either chuckle or wince. Jokes: more humorous than other philosophy books, more philosophical than other humor books.

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