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I Return to Berkeley After An Eighteen Year Absence

In 1996 I was enrolled in the UC Berkeley philosophy PhD. program and had completed my oral exam (with Professors Dreyfus, Searle, and Davidson) on the topics of phenomenology, facts and representations, and internalism.  I took a break to do television comedy writing.  I’m going back tomorrow to meet Professor Hubert Dreyfus and Professor Hans Sluga and get to work on my dissertation.  I hope I still remember how to philosophize.  I have been reading “Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious” and want to write something about how the stance you take towards yourself when you tell a joke has a paradoxical quality, similar to the stance you take to yourself when you reflect upon your capacity for self-deception or weakness of the will.  Another interesting thing that Freud points out is that I am serious when I am telling a joke, and when my audience laughs I laugh.  I think that’s profound, and speaks to how we co-create reality with our audience in other contexts — e.g. forgiveness.  Anyway, wish me luck.

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