Quit Your Kvetching: The Humor of Woody Allen

Essays in Philosophy, 12:2 (2011), pp. 345-362

20 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

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Alan Soble

University of New Orleans

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

In this essay, the author (actually, one of his personae, the one who sports suspenders) critically and perversely discusses over 50% of the words of Notre Dame professor Vittorio Hösle on the philosophy and humor of Woody Allen. Neither the copyeditor nor the proofreader of the journal (let alone its main editor) are responsible for the facts that the review-essay turned out to be mostly about Woody, and that its wry and derivative humor was a lame attempt to be a parody of Allen's humor. The humor of Vittorio could not be satirized, for the same reason that we are unable to ride unicorns, or to be rude to them. According to Soble, the central philosophical issue that Allen has been dealing with for decades, with time out for an affair with a young woman and a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo, is the Problem of Evil. In effect, Allen solves this perennial riddle, using Julia Roberts as his mouthpiece, by appealing to the opportunity that every movie maker or goer has to carry on wickedly with a young girl and Fettuccine Alfredo. The God who allowed nearly six million souls to die prematurely (before learning, say, how to fiddle), is not to be held accountable, because in His cosmic calculations, He is able to justify the ways of God to man through the value of blissfully wicked affairs and fettuccine, and by confirming the wisdom of what your Bubba has said to you over and over again: "QUIT YOUR KVETCHING!"

Keywords: Woody Allen, Vittorio Hosle, humor, sexuality, Problem of Evil, Jewish art and culture, philosophy of film, aesthetics

Suggested Citation

Soble, Alan, Quit Your Kvetching: The Humor of Woody Allen (January 1, 2011). Essays in Philosophy, 12:2 (2011), pp. 345-362. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2323932

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