Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor (New - download pdf or read online

By John Morreall

ISBN-10: 1405196122

ISBN-13: 9781405196123

Comedian reduction: A entire Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive concept that integrates mental, aesthetic, and moral concerns with regards to humor bargains an enlightening and obtainable foray into the intense enterprise of humorReveals how usual theories of humor fail to give an explanation for its real nature and truly help conventional prejudices opposed to humor as being delinquent, irrational, and foolishArgues that humor’s advantages overlap considerably with these of philosophyIncludes a foreword by means of Robert Mankoff, caricature Editor of the hot Yorker

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Freud says that we use a large packet of energy to understand how the clown performs the task and a small packet of energy to think about how we would do the same thing. As the large packet is being summoned, it is compared with the small packet, and the difference is seen to be superfluous and so available for discharge in laughter. But if the energy here is energy used to think about the two movements, and we do in fact think about those movements, where is the surplus energy? The big packet was used to understand the clown’s movements and the small packet was used to understand our own movements.

50 Many psychologists who have theorized about humor have claimed that only young children are irrational enough to enjoy incongruity by itself. According to Thomas Schultz, for instance, after the age of seven, we require not just incongruity to be amused, but the resolution of that incongruity. Mature humor requires the fitting of the apparently anomalous element into some conceptual schema. ”51 The pleasure of humor in a mature person, according to this view, is not the enjoyment of incongruity, but the enjoyment of a kind of puzzle solving similar to what scientists do.

In positive emotions – say, joy at running into an old friend – the situation matters to us and we want it to continue. But countless jokes and cartoons feature fictional situations that do not matter to us and that we neither want to change nor want to maintain. Consider, for example, the cartoon about the lion ordering pizza at the beginning of Chapter 3. Even when the object of amusement is real rather than fictional, no desires are required. To feel fear, anger, or love for people is to have positive or negative desires about them.

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