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Kant's Humorous Writings: An Illustrated Guide

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BIC Subject: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 12-Nov-2020
Format: Paperback, 256 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781350112797
Stock Code: 0112797
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Containing new translations of Kant's bon mots, quips, and anecdotes, this book affords a different perspective on one of the most influential philosophers of all time.
Commonly regarded as one of the most serious philosophers (this is a man who took his daily walk at precisely the same time each day), we in fact know little about the events of Kant's very quiet life. We know he lived in a remote Prussian province, was a lifelong bachelor, and taught the same courses at the same university for over forty years. Yet the 30 jokes and anecdotes collected together here for the first time, reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humour, laughter and the art of the story shaped how we think.
The Humourous Kant explores a dimension of Kant's writing that has hitherto been almost entirely ignored but which casts his philosophy into a new light. And contains entirely new translations of Kant's bon mots, quips, and anecdotes, supplemented by historical commentary which outlines why these pieces were important to both the man and his work.
A Foreword on Kant's theory of humour by philosopher No l Carroll as well as the editor's Afterword explain Kant's theory of humour and why he was so humorous and provide a fresh way in to the work of this enduringly important thinker. Containing new translations of Kant's bon mots, quips, and anecdotes, this book affords a different perspective on one of the most influential philosophers of all time.
Commonly regarded as one of the most serious philosophers (this is a man who took his daily walk at precisely the same time each day), we in fact know little about the events of Kant's very quiet life. We know he lived in a remote Prussian province, was a lifelong bachelor, and taught the same courses at the same university for over forty years. Yet the 30 jokes and anecdotes collected together here for the first time, reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humour, laughter and the art of the story shaped how we think.
The Humourous Kant explores a dimension of Kant's writing that has hitherto been almost entirely ignored but which casts his philosophy into a new light. And contains entirely new translations of Kant's bon mots, quips, and anecdotes, supplemented by historical commentary which outlines why these pieces were important to both the man and his work.
A Foreword on Kant's theory of humour by philosopher No l Carroll as well as the editor's Afterword explain Kant's theory of humour and why he was so humorous and provide a fresh way in to the work of this enduringly important thinker.
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.
 
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