A new book chapter by Giorgio Baruchello is out

Giorgio Baruchello is a professor of philosophy at UNAK
A new book chapter by Giorgio Baruchello is out

A newly-published book about teaching Philosophy is helping school teachers and college faculties to be funnier and more effective. Teach Philosophy With a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Philosophy Teacher and Laugh All the Way to Your Classroom (Canberra: Curious Academic Publishing, 2021), is a recommended professional development guide for high school, college and university teachers and professors who teach Philosophy.

Teach Philosophy With a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Philosophy Teacher and Laugh All the Way to Your Classroom

"This book is NOT about boring academic theories. Reading it, the Philosophy teachers will get a better appreciation for humor. Not only will they learn how to discover practical humor techniques and teaching strategies to dramatically improve their sense of humor, they’ll have plenty of healthy laughs along the way," says Dr. Kishor Vaidya, Editor of the book and Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. “Take this book as your professional development guide. If you want to minimize the teacher burnout and improve your teaching effectiveness, you could hire a bunch of professional development consultants – or you could just read this book”, explains Dr. Vaidya. 

Laugh, If You Can, But Above All, Think! 

Prof. Giorgio Baruchello of the University of Akureyri has shared his experiences in a chapter entitled “Laugh, If You Can, But Above All, Think! Extent, Experiences and Experiments in Philosophical Humour”. “Humour has had a complex relationship with philosophy. Understood as a laughing matter, rather than a liquid one, it has been marginal both as a topic and as a means of expression”, says Prof. Baruchello. As he adds: “humour possesses a unique ability to break asunder established significations and bring into mutual contact separate planes of thought. As such, it can be a fountainhead of insights that philosophy instructors, unsurprisingly, have been mining since Socrates’ day”.

Top professors contributed chapters to this book

Over twenty top professors including from Ryerson University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Arizona State University, City University of New York, to name a few, have contributed chapters to the book. The professors have shared their fun teaching experiences and offered hilarious advice as to how to utilize humor in Philosophy classrooms, with answers to some of the most important questions for the teachers and faculty. Among the questions answered in the book: Why humor must be timely and how to make it thoughtful, creative, and memorable? How to win students and influence people? Exactly how to use humor and jokes to teach philosophy? What are the tactics to be a funnier and more effective philosophy teacher? Why philosophy, like a good joke, requires collaboration? How to create the joy of learning difficult materials?

The Curious Academic Publishing publishes peer-reviewed books for teachers and students. Anyone interested in finding out more about the book can send an email query to the publisher. The Kindle Edition of the book is available on Amazon. The print and hardcover editions will be made available in the near future.