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

Jim Holt

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
29 October 2013
Philosophy; Popular philosophy; Jokes & riddles
From the best-selling author of Why Does the World Exist? comes this outrageous, uproarious compendium of absurdity, filth, racy paradox, and gratuitous offensiveness-just the kind of mature philosophical reflection readers have come to expect from the ever-entertaining Jim Holt. Indeed, Stop Me If You've Heard This is the first book to trace the evolution of the joke all the way from the standup comics of ancient Athens to the comedy-club Seinfelds of today. After exploring humor's history in Part One, Holt delves into philosophy in Part Two: Wall Street jokes; jokes about rednecks and atheists, bulimics and politicians; jokes you missed if you didn't go to a Catholic girls' school; jokes about logic and existence itself . . . all became fodder for the grand theories of Aristotle, Kant, Freud, and Wittgenstein in this heady mix of the high and low, of the ribald and profound, from America's most beloved philosophical pundit.
By:   Jim Holt
Imprint:   Liveright Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 170mm,  Width: 117mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   93g
ISBN:   9780871407207
ISBN 10:   0871407205
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   29 October 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jim Holt, a prominent essayist and critic on philosophy, mathematics, and science, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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