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The Mental and Moral Philosophy of Laughter

Author : Edwin Paxton Hood
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The Mental and Moral Philosophy of Laughter

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A Philosophical Exploration of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Author : Giorgio Baruchello
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Humor has been praised by philosophers and poets as a balm to soothe the sorrows that outrageous fortune’s slings and arrows cause inevitably, if not incessantly, to each and every one of us. In mundane life, having a sense of humor is seen not only as a positive trait of character, but as a social prerequisite, without which a person’s career and mating prospects are severely diminished, if not annihilated. However, humor is much more than this, and so much else. In particular, humor can accompany cruelty, inform it, sustain it, and exemplify it. Therefore, in this book, we provide a comprehensive, reasoned exploration of the vast literature on the concepts of humor and cruelty, as these have been tackled in Western philosophy, humanities, and social sciences, especially psychology. Also, the apparent cacophony of extant interpretations of these two concepts is explained as the inevitable and even useful result of the polysemy inherent to all common-sense concepts, in line with the understanding of concepts developed by M. Polanyi in the 20th century. Thus, a thorough, nuanced grasp of their complex mutual relationship is established, and many platitudes affecting today's received views, and scholarship, are cast aside.

The Victorian Comic Spirit

Author : Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor
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This title was first published in 2000: "Comedy" and "humour" are not words most associate with the Victorian period, yet their culture was rife with laughter and irony. The 12 essays in this volume reanimate this "comic spirit" by exploring the humour in its social context. While previous studies of humour in the period focus on the age's own ongoing interest in the old distinction in comic theory between wit and humour, this volume aims to show how inadequate this distinction is in accounting for the many types of Victorian comic representation. The essays turn from linguistic or psychological analyses of humour towards the social production of humour and the cultural dynamics which underlie it.

Why Can t Philosophers Laugh

Author : Katrin Froese
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This book analyzes Western and Chinese philosophical texts to determine why laughter and the comic have not been a major part of philosophical discourse. Katrin Froese maintains that many philosophical accounts of laughter try to unearth laughter's purpose, thereby rendering it secondary to the intentional and purposive aspects of human nature that impel us to philosophize. Froese also considers texts that take laughter and the comic as starting points, attempting to philosophize out of laughter rather than merely trying to unearth reasons for laughter. The book proposes that continuously unraveling philosophical assumptions through the comic and laughter may be necessary to live well.

Reading Popular Prints 1790 1870

Author : Brian Maidment
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This book offers readers access to the critical issues and methodological complexities raised by the interpretation of popular graphic images from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Popular Geographical Library

Author : Robert Stewart (A.M.)
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Common sense arguments in anecdotes

Author : Edwin Paxton Hood
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Andrew Marvell the Wit Statesman and Poet His Life and Writings Edited by E P Hood

Author : Edwin Paxton HOOD
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The Vocabulary of Philosophy Mental Moral and Metaphysical

Author : William Fleming
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