The number 42 has been appearing on posters around the school. While some were perplexed, the reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was quickly picked up by students and staff.
The famous joke that 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything provided a framing device for the 6th Years philosophy discussions this January. The absurdity of an answer without a question was deconstructed, to show students the broader mechanics of humour. This allows students the necessary “nose for nonsense” required for critical thinking espoused by the likes of Wittgenstein and Mellor.
The class was spent exploring the jokes of Douglas Adams, Woody Allen, Stewart Lee, Steven Wright, Dara O’Briain and Emo Philips in the light of the ideas of Aristotle, Kant and Schopenhauer. Indeed the relationship between comedy and tragedy was discussed with relation to the works of Lovecraft.
Classes take place every Wednesday and Friday at 3.30pm in Room 1-3 and all full-time students are welcome to attend.
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