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The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MYSTIFICATION

Look, here's the thing.  I have already written about mystification.  What I have to say can be found in Chapters Two and Three of Moneybags Must Be So Lucky.  Speaking without a smidgen of false modesty, I will say that I think that little book is, pound for pound, the best thing I have ever written.  It is readily available with four mouse clicks:  First, a click on the link to box.net, then a click to get to Archived Essays and Tutorials, then a click to get to page two of the listed items, and finally a click to open the .pdf file of the entire little book.  It is really, really good.  If you are interested in mystification, take a look.  To make the medicine go down easier, by the way, I open Chapter Three with an old Jewish joke about Mrs. Feinschmeck's blintzes.  It is an easy read, as these things go.

4 comments:

David Auerbach said...

I grew up with the 'kreplach' version. As a joke it works best aurally (a sudden cry of fear is startling) and 'kreplach' is a funnier word.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

I was reaching for a goyische audience.

TheDudeDiogenes said...

Oh, thank you Professor. I didn't realize "Moneybags Must Be So Lucky" was on box.net!

Tom Cathcart said...

The preponderance of the jokes in "Plato and a Platypus" are Jewish. Must be because Jewish jokes are more likely to be philosophical. Danny was afraid we were going to look like the website, "Old Jews Telling Jokes." So we "goyicized" some of them. Schmuel became Bob. Goldschmidt became Taylor. But the Jewish audience knew, and we got invited twice to the Jewish Book Congress, resulting in multiple invitations to speak at Jewish Community Centers around the country.