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Dr Peter Cave -

Dr Peter Cave - "Don't tell him, Pike!; Paradox and Humour"

Jokes and philosophical paradoxes sabotage expectations: they rely upon veiling incongruities.

The talk, somewhat informally, presents a few types of absurdity, with allusions to Moore, Machiavelli, and even Brer Rabbit and the odd utilitarian.

As a Philosopher Peter Cave is far from the standard Thinking Thing.
As well as lecturing in philosophy - at The Open University and City University - he sets examinations for financial advisers, writes short stories, tries his hand at the odd drawing - ('Odd' being the correct term here), lives in Soho and until recently was the taxation columnist for an investment journal.

On a more Thinking, (but no less Odd) level, he also occasionally broadcasts on BBC Radio - on philosophical beasts, philosophers and ethical matters; and is Chairman of the Humanist Philosophers' Group.

Peter has lectured around the world and is a prolific writer (both serious and satirical) for many academic and ‘indie’ journals. His major interests are on reasoning, paradox and fallacies, especially in public life.

Tonight he will be stumbling on some slippery slope arguments, and fiddling with fallacies in Paradox and Humour in Philosophy, and assures us there will be plenty of cartoons and songs (to keep himself awake).

His work has a quirky, humorous style and content and is extremely accessible for newcomers.

“Quirky, humorous and very, very accessible. Essential” - The Philosophers’ Magazine

“We offer a lightness of touch - and (on the good days) even humour” - Peter Cave


Peter Cave | talks | www


Date and Time:

2 November 2005 at 8:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Birkbeck Philosophy Society
Birkbeck College
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