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Isn't That Clever: A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

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2018.05.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Gimbel, Isn't That Clever: A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy, Routledge, 2018, 196 pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138082151.   Reviewed by Darren Hudson Hick, Furman University Timing is critical in comedy, and Steven Gimbel has good timing. Lucky timing, at least. It's been an interesting year for comedians. As I write this, politicians, pundits, and journalists are still sorting through the aftermath of Michelle Wolf's performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Traditionally, the event includes a featured comedian, who proceeds to roast the sitting administration, including the President of the United States, and usually to his face. At the best of times, a roast involves a very delicate balance of wit and bite; there is a reason that roastmasters at the Friars Club (and, more often than not, the roastees) are seasoned comics. Roasting a president and his administration... . . .

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Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason

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2018.05.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Feenberg, Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason, Harvard University Press, 2017, 235 pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780674971783.   Reviewed by Claudio Corradetti, University of Rome, Tor Vergata Andrew Feenberg has a life research project, namely, the revival of critical theory in line with the premises of the first generation of the Frankfurt School. In this book he moves to reflecting carefully on advanced industrial societies, a topic already addressed by Marcuse, Feenberg's master, in his most celebrated work One-Dimensional Man (1964). For Marcuse, in advanced industrial societies, technological rationality is political rationality.[1] This assumption is also at the basis of Feenberg's proposal. Accordingly, Feenberg wants to renew reflection on advanced industrial societies by appealing to a new conceptual socio-political category: the technosystem. But what specifically does he mean by. . .

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