Ted Cohen (1939-2014)

Ted Cohen, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, has died. Professor Cohen worked mainly in aesthetics, the history of aesthetics, and on some topics in the philosophy of language. He is especially known for his work on metaphor and the philosophy of humor, including his 1999 book, Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters.

Sara Bernstein (Duke) shares these reflections: “I took seven classes with him at UChicago because he was so smart, funny, thoughtful, and interesting. I learned a little about Kantian aesthetics and a lot about jokes and metaphor. I also learned the pedagogical art of birdwalking– shifting to a different topic to grab students’ attention, and then pulling them back in after grabbing it.”

(I hope to update this post with links to obituaries and other remembrances as they become available.)

UPDATE: Eric Schliesser shares his remembrance here, which includes a note that Cohen was known as the great soul of the “Latke-Hamantash Debate.”

UPDATE (3/25/2014): Here is the Chicago Sun-Times obituary for Cohen.

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