Taking Laughter Seriously

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SUNY Press, Jun 30, 1983 - Humor - 144 pages
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Contents

Can There Be a Theory of Laughter?
1
The Superiority Theory
4
The Incongruity Theory
15
The Relief Theory
20
A New Theory
38
The Variety of Humor
60
Humor as Aesthetic Experience
85
Humor and Freedom
101
The Social Value of Humor
114
Humor and Life
121
Notes
130
Works Cited
137
Index
141
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About the author (1983)

John Morreall, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, has published numerous articles on philosophy and linguistics. He is the author of Analogy and Talking about God.

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