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Laughter An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

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ISBN-10: 0486443809

ISBN-13: 9780486443805

Edition: 2005

Authors: Henri Bergson, Cloudesley Brereton, Fred Rothwell

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In this great philosophical essay, Henri Bergson explores why people laugh and what laughter means. Written at the turn of the twentieth century, Laughter explores what it is in language that makes a joke funny and what it is in us that makes us laugh. One of the functions of humor, according to Bergson, is to help us retain our humanity during an age of mechanization. His belief in life as a vital impulse, indefinable by reason alone, informs his perception of comedy as the relief we experience upon distancing ourselves from the mechanistic. Bergson's thought-provoking insights (e.g., "It seems that laughter needs an echo. Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.") keep this work…    
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List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 98
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.264
Language: English

Born in Paris in 1859 of Jewish parents, Henri Bergson received his education there and subsequently taught at Angers and Clermont-Ferraud before returning to Paris. He was appointed professor of philosophy at the College de France in 1900 and elected a member of the French Academy in 1914. Bergson developed his philosophy by stressing the biological and evolutionary elements involved in thinking, reasoning, and creating. He saw the vitalistic dimension of the human species as being of the greatest importance. Bergson's writings were acclaimed not only in France and throughout the learned world. In 1927 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In defiance of the Nazis after their…    

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