Ted Cohen


Ted Cohen is a Professor in Philosophy, the Committee on Art and Design and the Committee on General Studies. 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. Cohen has lectured on the nature of humor and jokes, as well as on sports, photography and art. Among his recent publications are the book Jokes, (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).