Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes

Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes

Jim Holt


“Finally I comprehend what it really is I’ve been giggling in any respect those years.”―Jimmy Kimmel

From the best-selling writer of Why Does the realm Exist? comes this outrageous, uproarious compendium of absurdity, dust, racy paradox, and gratuitous  offensiveness―just the type of mature philosophical mirrored image readers have come to anticipate from the ever-entertaining Jim Holt. certainly, Stop Me If You’ve
Heard This
is the 1st booklet to track the evolution of the funny story all of the manner from the standup comics of historical Athens to the comedy-club Seinfelds of this present day. After exploring humor’s background partially One, Holt delves into philosophy partly : Wall road jokes; jokes approximately rednecks and atheists, bulimics and politicians; jokes you neglected when you didn’t visit a Catholic ladies’ college; jokes approximately good judgment and life itself . . . all grew to become fodder for the grand theories of Aristotle, Kant, Freud, and Wittgenstein during this heady mixture of the low and high, of the ribald and profound, from America’s so much cherished philosophical pundit. 15 illustrations

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