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Redeeming Laughter The Comic Dimension of Human Experience

ISBN-10: 3110155621
ISBN-13: 9783110155624
Edition: 1997
Authors: Peter L. Berger
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG
Publication date: 8/22/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social Construction of Reality, Berger unfolds in Redeeming Laughter a new perspective on a classic domain. Berger's comic terrain is at once noble and amusing, the terrain of Erasmus and Swift. Like his predecessors', Berger's writing in these pages is bolstered with exemplary learning and wry observation.

Peter L. Berger is a Viennese-born American sociologist educated at Wagner College and the New School for Social Research in New York. He teaches at Boston University and directs the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture. Berger's work has focused on the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of economics, and the sociology of religion. His closest collaborator has been his wife, Brigitte Kellner Berger, who coauthored several volumes with him and has been a central influence on his work. Berger is perhaps best known for The Social Construction of Reality (1967) which he wrote with Thomas Luckmann. In this book, considered one of the most important works on the sociology of knowledge written in the twentieth century, the authors make a case for humanistic sociology that views human reality as socially constructed. They propose that sociological knowledge can best be achieved through a continuing conversation with history and philosophy.

Prefatory Remarks
Self-Serving Explanations and Unsolicited Compliments
Prologue
The Comic Intrusion
Philosophers of the Comic, and the Comedy of Philosophy
Laughing Monks: A Very Brief Sinitic Interlude
Homo Ridens: Physiology and Psychology
Homo Ridiculus: Social Constructions of the Comic
Interlude: Brief Reflections on Jewish Humor
The Comic as Diversion: Benign Humor
The Comic as Consolation: Tragicomedy
The Comic as Game of Intellect: Wit
The Comic as Weapon: Satire
Interlude: The Eternal Return of Folly
The Folly of Redemption
Interlude: On Grim Theologians
The Comic as a Signal of Transcendence
Epilogue

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