Ted Cohen


Ted Cohen is Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He has lectured on the nature of humor and jokes, as well as on sports, photography, and art. His interest in humor began as a hobby and has since become a full-blown academic pursuit: he began studying jokes after publishing essays on figurative speech. Among his recent publications are the book Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters (Chicago 2001) and the essays “Identifying with Metaphor,” “Metaphor, Feeling, and Narrative,” and “Three Problems in Kant’s Aesthetics.” His most recent publication is Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor (Princeton 2008).