PHIL 180 001 – Philosophy of Comedy

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Instructor: Matthew Kotzen. This course meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell 105.

What makes something humorous? Is there an analytic connection between humor and laughter, or is the connection merely a contingent one? How are evaluations of humor related to aesthetic evaluations more generally? What is it for a joke to be racist, sexist, homophobic, or in some other way ethically problematic? How do some jokes exploit epistemological fallacies and/or other philosophical confusions?

Matthew Kotzen’s webpage