Humour

ISBN-10: 0199552223
ISBN-13: 9780199552221
Edition: 2013
Authors: Noel Carroll
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Description: Humour has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. Humour can serve many functions; it can be used to relieve stress, to promote amity among strangers, to dissipate tension within a  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1/8/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Humour has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. Humour can serve many functions; it can be used to relieve stress, to promote amity among strangers, to dissipate tension within a fractious group, to display intelligence, andsome have even claimed that it improves health and fights sickness. In this Very Short Introduction Noel Carroll examines the leading theories of humour including "The Superiority Theory" and "The Incongruity Theory". He considers the relation of humour to emotion and cognition, and explores the value of humour, specifically in its social functions. He argues thathumour, and the comic amusement that follows it, has a crucial role to play in the construction of communities, but he also demonstrates that the social aspect of humour raises questions such as "When is humour immoral?" and "Is laughing at immoral humour itself immoral?".

Introduction
The nature of humour
Humour, emotion, and cognition
Humour and value
References
Further Reading

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