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Kant's Humorous Writings

An Illustrated Guide

Noel Carroll Robert R. Clewis (Gwynedd Mercy University, USA)



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Bloomsbury Academic
12 November 2020
While Kant is commonly regarded as one of the most austere philosophers of all time, this book provides quite a different perspective of the founder of transcendental philosophy. Kant is often thought of as being boring, methodical, and humorless. Yet the thirty jokes and anecdotes collected and illustrated here for the first time reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humor and laughter shape how we think, feel, and communicate with fellow human beings.

In addition to a foreword on Kant's theory of humor by Noel Carroll as well as Clewis's informative chapters, Kant's Humorous Writings contains new translations of Kant's jokes, quips, and anecdotes. Each of the thirty excerpts is illustrated and supplemented by historical commentaries which explain their significance.
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Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9781350112797
ISBN 10:   1350112798
Pages:   280
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher and is widely recognised one of the most important thinkers in the history of philosophy. Robert Clewis is author of The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom (2009), a translator in Kant's Lectures on Anthropology (2012), and editor of Reading Kant's Lectures (2015). He is also the editor of The Sublime Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018). He teaches philosophy and is Director of the Honors Program at Gwynedd Mercy University, USA and is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. Noel Carroll is distinguished Professor of Philosophy, CUNY graduate Center, USA. He is author of more than a hundred articles and books on philosophies of film, art and humour.

Reviews for Kant's Humorous Writings: An Illustrated Guide

For many readers, 'Kant' and 'humor' are two words that do not belong together in the same sentence. But in his detailed and engaging study, Robert Clewis gives the lie to this popular prejudice. The sage of Koenigsberg was both a fairly serious theorist of humor as well as a teacher who often sought to enliven his lectures with a good joke or two. * Robert B. Louden, Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, USA *

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