Comic Relief A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

ISBN-10: 1405196122
ISBN-13: 9781405196123
Edition: 2009
Authors: John Morreall
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/4/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 202
Size: 9.25" wide x 9.40" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

#60;b#62;John Morreall's#60;/b#62; previous publications include #60;i#62;Taking Laughter Seriously#60;/i#62; (1983); #60;i#62;The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor#60;/i#62; (1987); #60;i#62;Humor Works#60;/i#62; (1997); and #60;i#62;Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion#60;/i#62; (1999). In 2004 and 2005, he was elected President of the International Society for Humor Studies. His work has been featured in the #60;i#62;New York Times#60;/i#62;, the #60;i#62;Washington Post#60;/i#62;, and the #60;i#62;Economist#60;/i#62;.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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