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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc
Young adult nonfiction
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xv, 141 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm|
"After exploring humor's history in part one, the irreducible Jim Holt delves into philosophy in part two. Jewish jokes; Wall Street jokes; jokes about lesbians and violists, rednecks and atheists, bulimics and politicians; jokes that you missed if you didn't go to a Catholic girls' school; jokes about language and logic itself - all become fodder for the grand theories of Aristotle, Kant, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Among the mysteries examined is why the cerebral pleasure of a joke should issue in a spasmodic discharge of nervous energy through the facial and respiratory muscles - that is, in laughter."--Jacket.