The philosophy of humour / Paul McDonald.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: McDonald, Paul.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Penrith, CA : HEB Humanities E-Books, [2012]
©2012.
Series:Philosophy insights.
Subjects:
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Cover
  • Licence and Use
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Notice
  • CONTENTS
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Humour or Laughter?
  • 2. The Origins and Evolution of Humour
  • 2.1 The Emergence of Humour
  • 2.2 The Benefits of Humour
  • 2.3 Is Humour an Emotion?
  • 3. The Earliest Philosophies of Humour
  • 3.1 Plato
  • 3.2 Aristotle
  • 3.3 Cicero
  • 4. Superiority Theories of Humour
  • 4.1 Rene Descartes: The Benefits of Ridicule
  • 4.2 Thomas Hobbes: Sudden Glory
  • 4.3 Henri Bergson: The Mechanical Encrusted on the Living.
  • 4.4 Humour as a Game4.5 Roger Scruton: Attentive Demolition
  • 5. Incongruity Theory
  • 5.1 Frances Hutcheson and James Beattie
  • 5.2 Immanuel Kant: Transformations into Nothing
  • 5.3 Arthur Schopenhauer: Pleasure in the Defeat of Reason
  • 5.4 SÃ?ren Kierkegaard
  • 5.5 Problems with Incongruity Theory
  • 5.6 So Where Does that Leave Us?
  • 6. Relief Theories
  • 6.1 Herbert Spencer: Nervous Energy
  • 6.2 Sigmund Freud: The Unconscious
  • 6.3 Freud and Play
  • 6.4 Mikhail Bakhtin: Carnival
  • 7. Humour and Ethics.
  • 7.1 John Morreall: On the Positive and Negative Ethics of Humour7.2 Ethnic Humour
  • 7.3 Christie Davis
  • 7.4 Walsall People Are Stupid
  • 7.5 Ted Cohen: Just Joking
  • 8. Humour and Religion
  • 8.1 Humour and Christianity
  • 8.2 Holy Fools
  • 8.3 Judaism and Humour
  • 8.4 Humour and Buddhism
  • 9. Postmodernism and Humour
  • 9.1 John A. McClure: The Comically Cosmic
  • 9.2 Humour as Philosophy
  • 9.3 Susan Purdie: Joking and the Unstable Self
  • 9.4 The Laugh of the Medusa
  • 10. Laughter and the Limits of Understanding.
  • Humour and the Human Predicament11. Bibliography
  • A Note on the Author
  • Humanities Insights.