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Comic relief : a comprehensive philosophy of humor

Author: John Morreall
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Series: New directions in aesthetics, 9.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Comic Relief' develops a comprehensive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humour.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Morreall
ISBN: 9781405196123 1405196122
OCLC Number: 313017367
Description: xii, 187 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Robert Mankoff --
No laughing matter : the traditional rejection of humor and traditional theories of humor. Humor, anarchy, and aggression ; The superiority theory : humor as anti-social ; The incongruity theory : humor as irrational ; The relief theory : humor as a pressure valve ; The minority opinion of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas : humor as playful relaxation ; The relaxation theory of Robert Latta --
Fight or flight, or laughter : the psychology of humor. Humor and disengagement ; Humor as play ; Laughter as a play signal --
From Lucy to "I love Lucy" : the evolution of humor. What was first funny? ; The basic pattern in humor : the playful enjoyment of a cognitive shift is expressed in laughter ; The worth of mirth --
That Mona Lisa smile : the aesthetics of humor. Humor as aesthetic experience ; Humor and other ways of enjoying cognitive shifts : the funny, tragic, grotesque, macabre, horrible, bizarre, and fantastic ; Tragedy vs. comedy : is heavy better than light? ; Enough with the jokes : spontaneous vs. prepared humor --
Laughing at the wrong time : the negative ethics of humor. Eight traditional moral objections ; The shortcomings in the contemporary ethics of humor ; A more comprehensive approach : the ethics of disengagement ; First harmful effect : irresponsibility ; Second harmful effect : blocking compassion ; Third harmful effect : promoting prejudice --
Having a good laugh : the positive ethics of humor. Intellectual virtues fostered by humor ; Moral virtues fostered by humor ; Humor during the Holocaust --
Homo sapiens and homo ridens : philosophy and comedy. Was Socrates the first stand-up comedian? ; Humor and the existentialists ; The laughing Buddha --
The glass is half-empty and half-full : comic wisdom.
Series Title: New directions in aesthetics, 9.
Responsibility: John Morreall ; foreword by Robert Mankoff.
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Western philosophy's traditional assessment of the nature and value of humor has not been kind, as the standard theories made humor look antisocial, irrational, and foolish. It wasn't until well into  Read more...

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"As an intelligent treatment of what humor is and what it means, this work raises significant questions and proposes plausible answers." (CHOICE, September 2010)

 
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