David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Hypatia 28 (3):618-632 (2013)
Although the ethics of humor is a relatively new field, it already seems to have achieved a consensus about ethics in general. In this paper, I implicitly (1) question the view of ethics that stands behind many discussions in the ethics of humor; I do this by explicitly (2) focusing on what has been a chief preoccupation in the ethics of humor: the evaluation of humor. Does the immoral content of a joke make it more or less humorous? Specifically, I analyze whether a sexist joke is more humorous because of its sexism. Contra recent trends in the ethics of humor, I answer this question affirmatively. To this end, the paper presents a detailed and novel reading of Bergson's philosophy of humor, which I argue connects most easily and significantly to the alternate view of ethics I have in mind
|Keywords||humor amusement Henri Bergson|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Memo Bergmann (1986). How Many Feminists Does It Take To Make A Joke? Sexist Humor and What's Wrong With It. Hypatia 1 (1):63-82.
Henri Bergson (2007). Creative Evolution. Palgrave Macmillan.
Henri Bergson (1913/2001). Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness. Dover Publications.
Henri Bergson (1971). Time and Free Will. New York,Humanities Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Merrie Bergmann (1986). How Many Feminists Does It Take to Make A Joke? Sexist Humor and What's Wrong with It. Hypatia 1 (1):63 - 82.
Joshua Shaw (2010). Philosophy of Humor. Philosophy Compass 5 (2):112-126.
C. Stephen Evans (1987). Kierkegaard's View of Humor. Faith and Philosophy 4 (2):176-186.
Sharon Lockyer & Michael Pickering (eds.) (2005). Beyond a Joke: The Limits of Humour. Palgrave Macmillan.
E. M. Dadlez (2011). Truly Funny: Humor, Irony, and Satire as Moral Criticism. Journal of Aesthetic Education 45 (1):1-17.
Aaron Smuts, Humor. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Jason T. Peifer (2012). Can We Be Funny? The Social Responsibility of Political Humor. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 27 (4):263-276.
Berys Nigel Gaut (1998). Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humor. Philosophy and Literature 22 (1):51-68.
Nancy Potter (2001). Is There a Role for Humor in the Midst of Conflict? Social Philosophy Today 17:103-123.
Aaron Smuts (2007). The Joke is the Thing: 'In the Company of Men' and the Ethics of Humor. Film and Philosophy 11 (1):49-66.
Glenn A. Hartz & Ralph Hunt (1991). Humor: The Beauty and the Beast. American Philosophical Quarterly 28 (4):299 - 309.
Aaron Smuts (2010). The Ethics of Humor: Can Your Sense of Humor Be Wrong? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (3):333-47.
Mordechai Gordon (2012). Exploring the Relationship Between Humor and Aesthetic Experience. Journal of Aesthetic Education 46 (1):111-121.
Added to index2012-03-09
Total downloads50 ( #38,974 of 1,410,123 )
Recent downloads (6 months)13 ( #17,486 of 1,410,123 )
How can I increase my downloads?