Graduate studies at Western
Hypatia 28 (3):618-632 (2013)
|Abstract||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)|
|Through your library||Configure|
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 downloads29 ( #48,196 of 740,542 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #37,452 of 740,542 )
How can I increase my downloads?