Does humour make us human, or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us? On Humour is a fascinating, beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human. Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour, such as our tendency to laugh at animals and our bodies, why we mock death with comedy and why we think it's funny when people act like machines. He also looks at the darker side of humour, as rife in sexism and racism and argues that it is important for reminding us of people we would rather not be.
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1 Introduction One
2 Is Humour Human? Two
3 Laughing at Your Body PostColonal Theory Three
4 The Laughing Machine a Note on Bergson and Wyndham Lewis Four
5 Foreigners are Funny the Ethicity and Ethnicity of Humour Five
6 The Jokes on All of Us Humour as Sensus Communis Six
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André Breton Anthologie de l’humour anthropology Beckett becomes Bergson body calls century change the situation Charles Le Brun Cioffi claim Cnac-Mnam/Dist RMN comedian comedy comic common sense culture Descartes digressive distinction dogs eccentric position ego ideal English essay ethnic humour everyday example experience fact fart finding oneself ridiculous folly French Freud Friedrich funny German Gilles Deleuze Gulliver’s Gulliver’s Travels History of Humour Hobbes’s Humour Human Ibid implicit incongruity intersubjective joke Juvenalian Kant Kant’s Königsberg l’humour noir London Lukács means melancholia metaphysical Mikhail Bakhtin Molloy one’s op.cit outlandish animals paper on humour parrot Penguin person phenomenology philosopher physical Plessner Redeeming Laughter relation repressed reveal Richard Kearney satire second topography sense of humour sensus communis Shaftesbury shared Simon Critchley simply smile social soul story structured fun super-ego Swift theory thing thought Tristram Shandy true University Press Wittgenstein words writes Wyndham Lewis