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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes is the debut full-length nonfiction book written by American philosopher Jim Holt. The book was initially published on 17 July 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. The text attempts to analyze the history, nature, and philosophical motivation of the joke from the ancient Athens stand-up comics to the today's comedy-club performers, discussing such forms of jokes as racial, political, and sexual humor. The book is based on his 2004 article for The New Yorker.

Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes
Softcover edition
AuthorJim Holt
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectPhilosophy of humor
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
17 July 2008
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages160
ISBN978-0393066739
OCLC181139422
Followed byWhy Does the World Exist?

Contents

The book was widely discussed by critics, generating polarized reviews.

William Grimes of The Scotsman mentioned "In the end, Holt seems less interested in getting to the bottom of his subject than he is in getting to the end of his assignment. "Slight" would be too weighty a word for this soap bubble of a book. Even after being plumped out with illustrations, it barely qualifies as a stocking stuffer. Even worse, the jokes are feeble." A reviewer of The Week stated "Plato and Aristotle had a low opinion of humor. The Greeks believed that laughter resulted from a sudden surge in one’s sense of superiority, that it was derisive at its core. Contemporary research confirms that theory to a degree. It explains the research chimp that urinates on his trainer’s shoulders and then uses sign language to indicate “funny.” But what about the chimp who tries to amuse its minders by calling a purse a “shoe” and then putting it on her foot, asks science writer Jim Holt. And what explains the popularity of puns? Clearly, we all have the capacity to laugh without putting someone else down." Natalie Haynes of New Humanist commented "The philosophy section is pretty limited as well – it’s actually a history of the philosophy of humour, rather than anything more incisive or original. Infuriatingly, the focus shifts from the very specific types of joke in the first, historical section (what I would call gags) to a much broader spectrum – “the aesthetic category of the humorous, the comical, or the funny”. One wonders why the editor didn’t notice that the two halves didn’t add up to a satisfying or even especially coherent whole." J. Peder Zane of PopMatters gave the book eight stars ouf of 10, stating "Stop Me If You've Heard This is a fun and lively book that manages to avoid the pitfall suggested in Jim Holt's nominee for the best short joke ever: "Pretentious? Moi?" Not this time!"

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  2. Hart, Christopher (26 October 2008). "Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt". The Times. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  3. Poole, Steven (6 December 2008). "Review: Stop Me if You've Heard This - A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt". The Guardian. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  4. "Stop Me If You've Heard This". NPR. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  5. Walker, Andrea (12 August 2008). "Selected E-mails: Jim Holt". The New Yorker. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  6. Grimes, William. "Book review: Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes". The Scotsman. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  7. "Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt". The Week. 11 July 2008. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  8. Haynes, Natalie (8 November 2008). "Stop Me If You've Heard This by Jim Holt". New Humanist. Retrieved24 May 2019.
  9. Zane, J. Peder (4 November 2008). "Stop Me If You've Heard This, by Jim Holt". PopMatters. Retrieved24 May 2019.

Stop Me If You've Heard This
Stop Me If You ve Heard This Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Stop Me If You 039 ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes is the debut full length nonfiction book written by American philosopher Jim Holt The book was initially published on 17 July 2008 by W W Norton amp Company The text attempts to analyze the history nature and philosophical motivation of the joke from the ancient Athens stand up comics to the today s comedy club performers discussing such forms of jokes as racial political and sexual humor 1 2 3 4 The book is based on his 2004 article for The New Yorker 5 Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of JokesSoftcover editionAuthorJim HoltCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishSubjectPhilosophy of humorGenreNon fictionPublisherW W Norton amp CompanyPublication date17 July 2008Media typePrint e bookPages160ISBN978 0393066739OCLC181139422Followed byWhy Does the World Exist Contents 1 Reception 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksReception EditThe book was widely discussed by critics generating polarized reviews William Grimes of The Scotsman mentioned In the end Holt seems less interested in getting to the bottom of his subject than he is in getting to the end of his assignment Slight would be too weighty a word for this soap bubble of a book Even after being plumped out with illustrations it barely qualifies as a stocking stuffer Even worse the jokes are feeble 6 A reviewer of The Week stated Plato and Aristotle had a low opinion of humor The Greeks believed that laughter resulted from a sudden surge in one s sense of superiority that it was derisive at its core Contemporary research confirms that theory to a degree It explains the research chimp that urinates on his trainer s shoulders and then uses sign language to indicate funny But what about the chimp who tries to amuse its minders by calling a purse a shoe and then putting it on her foot asks science writer Jim Holt And what explains the popularity of puns Clearly we all have the capacity to laugh without putting someone else down 7 Natalie Haynes of New Humanist commented The philosophy section is pretty limited as well it s actually a history of the philosophy of humour rather than anything more incisive or original Infuriatingly the focus shifts from the very specific types of joke in the first historical section what I would call gags to a much broader spectrum the aesthetic category of the humorous the comical or the funny One wonders why the editor didn t notice that the two halves didn t add up to a satisfying or even especially coherent whole 8 J Peder Zane of PopMatters gave the book eight stars ouf of 10 stating Stop Me If You ve Heard This is a fun and lively book that manages to avoid the pitfall suggested in Jim Holt s nominee for the best short joke ever Pretentious Moi Not this time 9 See also EditGershon LegmanReferences Edit Stop Me if You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes Publishers Weekly Retrieved 24 May 2019 Hart Christopher 26 October 2008 Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt The Times Retrieved 24 May 2019 Poole Steven 6 December 2008 Review Stop Me if You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt The Guardian Retrieved 24 May 2019 Stop Me If You ve Heard This NPR Retrieved 24 May 2019 Walker Andrea 12 August 2008 Selected E mails Jim Holt The New Yorker Retrieved 24 May 2019 Grimes William Book review Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes The Scotsman Retrieved 24 May 2019 Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt The Week 11 July 2008 Retrieved 24 May 2019 Haynes Natalie 8 November 2008 Stop Me If You ve Heard This by Jim Holt New Humanist Retrieved 24 May 2019 Zane J Peder 4 November 2008 Stop Me If You ve Heard This by Jim Holt PopMatters Retrieved 24 May 2019 External links Edit Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stop Me If You 27ve Heard This amp oldid 1019977187, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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