Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor (New Directions in Aesthetics, No. 9)

January 30, 2020 - Comment

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial,

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial, irrational, and foolish Argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy Includes a foreword by Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker

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Anonymous says:

The Psychology of Humor This was a required book for a class, The Psychology of Humor, that I took as a humanities requirement. But, it is not like a textbook, at all. It is a very interesting view of how we use humor and laughter. He also tells the history of humor, and I learned a lot of interesting things about humor that I didn’t expect to learn. It is much better than the textbook that was also required for the class.

Anonymous says:

Five Stars reading it

Anonymous says:

Rudimentary at its best, which is not a compliment Really disappointing. Even my undergraduates found this work needlessly pedantic, deeply conservative in its views of comedy, and pretty unsophisticated in its argument. Too bad. I was hoping this book would serve as a useful resource in my classes, but alas….Stylistically, Morreall’s writing seems rushed and clunky. Lots of declarative statements, lots of brief, unsubstantiated paragraphs, with hardly any nuanced analysis along the way. Baffling.

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