Reading Group: Critchley on Humor

28 Mar

READING GROUP:simon-critchley3

It’s time to kick off our Spring thematic section: Get It?! Continental Philosophy and Humor. For our first week (Apr. 4th) we will be discussing the first three chapters of Simon Critchley’s On Humor.

This week’s text:

  • Critchley, Simon. On Humor, Chapters 1-3.

Free Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole winter, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • 3/30, 7:30pm – “Pascal in a Post-Christian World.” Africa Room, Student Union, Duquesne University.
  • 3/31, 6:00pm – “Just Gender” Documentary. Lawrence Hall, 200, Point Park University.
  • 4/8, 2:30pm – Kristi Sweet (Texan A&M University). Simon Silverman Center, Gumberg Library, Duquesne University.

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Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE


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Upcoming in Get It?! Continental Philosophy and Humor

4/4 – Critchley, Simon. On Humor, Chapters 1-3.

4/11 – Critchley, Simon. On Humor, Chapters 4-7.

4/18 – Carey, John. “Introduction” to Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious
Freud, Sigmund. Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, 225-258.

4/25 -Freud, Sigmund. Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, 258-298.

5/2 – Bergson, Henri. Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, Chapters 1-2.

5/9 – Morreall, John. Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor, Chapters 1-2.

5/16 – Parvulescu, Anca. Laughter: Notes on a Passion. Chapter 4.

5/23 – Davis, Diane. Breaking Up at Totality, 104-115.

5/30 – Zupancic, Alenka. The Odd One In: On Comedy, “Structural Dynamics and Temporality of the Comical.”

6/6 – Pound, Marcus. “Comic Subjectivity- Žižek and Zupančič’s Spiritual Work of Art.”

Pdfs HERE.

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