March 23, 2001

Ted Cohen to lecture on jokes on April 5

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—At 4:30 p.m. on
Thursday, April 5, author and University of Chicago Professor of
Philosophy Ted Cohen will deliver a lecture titled "Jokes:
Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters"—the subject he pursued
in his book by the same name published in 1999 by the University of
Chicago Press. The event is the College’s annual Phi Beta Kappa
lecture. It will take place in the College’s Twilight Hall
Auditorium on College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the

Ted Cohen is former chairman of the
department of philosophy, and former director of undergraduate
studies in philosophy at the University of Chicago. The focus of his
research and teaching is the philosophy of art, the history of the
philosophy of art—especially that of the 18th
century—and the philosophy of language. Cohen is a recipient of
the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Teaching.

He is the co-editor of "Essays in
Kant’s Aesthetics and Pursuits of Reason" and the author of a
number of articles, which have appeared in publications ranging from
The Yale Review to the Journal of Philosophy. Past president of the
American Society for Aesthetics, Cohen has received many grants from
such organizations as the American Council of Learned Societies and
has directed National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars.
He has also served as a visiting scholar at a variety of
institutions, including the College of William and Mary and the
University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

For more information about the
lecture, contact Stanley
, Middlebury College
chair of the department of philosophy, at 802-443-5013.

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