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Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Sisyphus

Perfect, considering I'm reading about how Marx used Hegel right now!

... and wait, did you just say that farting is the Aufhebung?

JP

You should syndicate this as an advice column:
"Ask George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel"...

SEK

Perfect, considering I'm reading about how Marx used Hegel right now!

I had to spend some time reading about Hegel and comedy because of a terrible article on Twain and Hegel's definition of comedy. The thing is, I didn't know it was terrible until after brushing up on ol' G.W.F.H., by which point I'd wasted an afternoon. (Well, I did get a post out of it, so it wasn't a total loss, but still.)

JP,

No, I say, with thunder, because no one should have to spend that much time in that man's head. Esp. not me.

Martin G.

You should check out Kant's dry-as-dust explication of comedy. It's just Kantastic! Check out his sample jokes:

"The heir of a rich relative wishes to arrange a grave burial service, but complains that he doesn't suceed. The reason (so he says) is that "the more money I give the mourners to look sad, the happier they become". When we hear this story, we laugh out loud. "

Or

"An Englishman at an Indian's table in Surat saw a bottle of ale being opened, and all the beer, turned to froth, rushed out. The Indian, by repeated exclamations, showed his great amazement. - Well, what's so amazing in that? asked the Englishman. - Oh, but I'm not amazed at its coming out, replied the Indian, but how you managed to get it all in. - This makes us laugh, and it gives us a hearty pleasure."

Scott McLemee

From Kant's pamphlet on Swedenborg:

"If a hypochondriac is troubled by gas in the stomach, it all depends on which direction it takes -- if it goes downwards, then it comes out a fart, but if it rises upwards, it's an apparition or a holy inspiration."

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