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  1. added 2020-06-16
    The Phenomenological Function of Humor.Jennifer Marra - 2016 - Idealistic Studies.
    In this paper, I seek to explore the increasing popular claim that the performance of philosophy and the performance of humor share similar features. I argue that the explanation lies in the function of humor—a function which can be a catalyst for philosophy. Following Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms and utilizing insights from various philosophical and scientific perspectives on the nature and origins of humor, I argue that the function of humor is to reveal faulty belief or error in (...)
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    Truly Funny: Humor, Irony, and Satire as Moral Criticism.E. M. Dadlez - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 45 (1):1.
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    Comic Impossibilities.Jason Leddington - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
    Argues for the controversial and initially counterintuitive thesis that theatrical magic (that is, the performance of conjuring tricks) is a form of standup comedy.
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    I Hate Applause: Norm Macdonald and Laughter.Jeremy Fried - 2020 - In Ruth Tallman & Jason Southworth (eds.), Saturday Night Live and Philosophy: Deep Thoughts Through the Decades. pp. 169-176.
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  5. added 2020-02-11
    Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters.Jerrold Levinson - 2002 - Mind 111 (442):380-385.
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    On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Comedy for Life.Russell Ford - 2004 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 35 (1):89-105.
    Freud had read Bergson’s 1900 book Laughter when he composed his own book on jokes, and, even prior to his development of the concept of the super-ego, Freud had criticized Bergson for not following up his insights into the linkage between comedy and childhood experiences. Freud thus chides Bergson for failing to pursue a line of inquiry that would confirm the ultimately tragic underpinnings of comedy. Wise to this clever and even mischievous little suggestion, Bergson’s book can be read as (...)
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  7. added 2019-10-12
    Velázquez’s Democritus: Global Disillusion and the Critical Hermeneutics of a Smile.Javier Berzal de Dios - 2016 - Renaissance and Reformation 39 (1):35-62.
    Velázquez’s Democritus (ca. 1630) presents a unique encounter: not only are there few depictions in which the Greek philosopher appears with a sphere that shows an actual map, but Velázquez used a court jester as a model for Democritus, thus placing the philosopher within a courtly space. When we study the painting in relation to the literary interests of the Spanish Golden Age and its socio-political circumstances, we can see the figure of Democritus as far from just another instantiation of (...)
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  8. added 2019-10-11
    Aristotle on Wittiness.Matthew D. Walker - 2019 - In Pierre Destrée & Franco V. Trivigno (eds.), Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy. Oxford, UK: pp. 103-121.
    This chapter offers a complete account of Aristotle’s underexplored treatment of the virtue of wittiness (eutrapelia) in Nicomachean Ethics IV.8. It addresses the following questions: (1) What, according to Aristotle, is this virtue and what is its structure? (2) How do Aristotle’s moral psychological views inform Aristotle’s account, and how might Aristotle’s discussions of other, more familiar virtues, enable us to understand wittiness better? In particular, what passions does the virtue of wittiness concern, and how might the virtue (and its (...)
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  9. added 2019-09-25
    Is Bill Cosby Still Funny? On Separating the Art From the Artist in Standup Comedy.Phillip Deen - 2019 - Studies in American Humor 5 (2):288-308.
    Bill Cosby’s immorality has raised intriguing aesthetic and ethical issues. Do the crimes that he has been convicted of lessen the aesthetic value of his stand-up and, even if we can enjoy it, should we? This article first discusses the intimate relationship between the comedian and audience. The art form itself is structurally intimate, and at the same time the comedian claims to express an authentic self on stage. After drawing an analogy between the question of the moral character of (...)
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  10. added 2019-08-07
    Satire.Nicholas D. More - forthcoming - In Lydia Amir (ed.), The Philosophy of Humour Handbook. London, UK:
    The chapter considers philosophical views of satire, philosophy as an object of satiric scorn, kinship and tension between satire and philosophy as activities, and what philosophy's relationship to satire suggests about philosophy as a discipline.
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  11. added 2019-08-02
    Bob, Little Jim, Bluebottle, And The Three Stooges.Stephen Davies - 2008 - Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 5 (1):1-6.
    Bob Solomon enjoyed humor, a good laugh. He was not a teller and collector of jokes or of humorous stories, as Ted Cohen and Noël Carroll are. He did not cultivate clever witticisms. Rather, his interest was in viewing life’s contingency and absurdity for the humor that can be found there, and the target of this humor was as likely to be himself or his friends as it was to be strangers. Bob also displayed philosophical courage. He once argued before (...)
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  12. added 2019-07-29
    Wallace Chafe, The Importance of Not Being Earnest. The Feeling Behind Laughter and Humor.Salvatore Attardo - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 19 (2):375-382.
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  13. added 2019-06-06
    Educar com sabedoria seguindo São Tomás: Notas sobre o “Decreto de reforma dos estudos eclesiásticos de filosofia”.Mauro Mantovani - 2012 - Lumen Veritatis 5 (18):31-49.
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    Between Irony and Humor: A Pragmatic Model.Galia Hirsch - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 19 (3):530-561.
    The goal of this paper is to propose a model that distinguishes between irony and humor in the context of literary texts. The comparative model was constructed based on existing models, and elaborated on them, substantiating the model through textual analysis focusing on cues for irony and cues for humor. The research was based on four conceptual paradigms: pragmatic studies of irony, pragmatic studies of humor, a pragmatic approach to the study of literary texts, and theories of text interpretation. The (...)
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    Formulaic Jokes in Interaction: The Prosody of Riddle Openings.Christy Bird - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 19 (2):268-290.
    While both humor and prosody in interaction have received scholarly attention in recent years, the prosody of humor has not been extensively explored. This study begins to fill this gap by investigating whether prosodic cues can be identified for riddles told in interaction, focusing on wh-questions in riddles versus ordinary conversation. The analysis demonstrates that in comparison to conversational wh-questions, riddles have less pitch variation both within the utterance and at the syllable level. It is argued that riddles do not (...)
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    Does Prosody Play a Specific Role in Conversational Humor?Roxane Bertrand & Béatrice Priego-Valverde - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 19 (2):333-356.
    In this paper we use Conversation Analysis to investigate conversational humor in talk-in-interaction. We attempt to better understand how the latter is produced and co-constructed by participants in accounting for the devices used by participants in their sequential environment. The framework of CA enables us to take into account the various means available to speakers to communicate, orient to the others, etc. From our data, reported speech, confirmation request/answer, and repetitions appear as the main discursive devices to create humor. We (...)
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    Prosody and Humor.Salvatore Attardo, Manuela Maria Wagner & Eduardo Urios-Aparisi - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 19 (2):189-201.
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    Funny Words in Plautine Comedy.Alison Sharrock - 2011 - American Journal of Philology 132 (3):510-513.
    It is a well-known fact that anyone addicted to jokes based on wordplay deserves to be punished. My mathematician father was such a one. A mathematician friend of his, never previously known to display any signs of possessing a sense of humor, once wholly redeemed himself in the eyes of my revered parent by telling how, on a recent trip to China, he had been reminded of his colleague when seeing a sign giving a shop owner's name: Yu Pun Wong. (...)
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    Greek Laughter: A Study of Cultural Psychology From Homer to Early Christianity.Charles Platter - 2010 - American Journal of Philology 131 (3):529-532.
    In 1991, Stephen Halliwell published "The Uses of Laughter in Greek Culture", an essay that, among other things, rejected totalizing definitions of laughter and the laughable in favor of a more nuanced view that emphasized a distinction between laughter perceived as friendly and non-consequential, i.e., not injurious to the reputation of anyone, and laughter seen as abusive, hostile, or belittling, and so deleterious to the reputation of the target. His point was not that laughter could be classified so easily but (...)
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    Futuro porvenir. Ensayos sobre la actitud psicoanalítica en la clínica de la niñez y adolescencia. [REVIEW]Ana Lila Lejarraga - 2009 - Natureza Humana 11 (1):193-208.
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    La posibilidad de un puente sobre problemas actuales de la filosofía de la tecnología.Armando Chiappe - 2009 - Utopía y Praxis Latinoamericana 14 (46):51-70.
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    Amusement and the Philosophy of Emotion: A Neuroanatomical Approach: Dialogue.Joseph T. Palencik - 2007 - Dialogue 46 (3):419-434.
    ABSTRACT Philosophers who discuss the emotions have usually treated amusement as a non-emotional mental state. Two prominent philosophers making this claim are Henri Bergson and John Morreall, who maintain that amusement is too abstract and intellectual to qualify as an emotion. Here, the merit of this claim is assessed. Through recent work in neuroanatomy there is reason to doubt the legitimacy of dichotomies that separate emotion and the intellect. Findings suggest that the neuroanatomical structure of amusement is similar to other (...)
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    Instruction with Amusement: Jane Austen’s Women of Sense.Judy Stove - 2007 - Renascence 60 (1):3-16.
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    What’s So Funny? Or, Why Humor Should Matter to Philosophers.Camille Atkinson - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (4):437-443.
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    Sobre el uso de principios teológicos en filosofía.Immanuel Kant - 2004 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 37:7-48.
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    El lugar de la filosofía: consideraciones sobre la filosofía trascendental en el siglo XX.Pedro Rojas Parada - 2001 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 34:223-250.
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    Notas Sobre la Doble Idea de Sensación En la Filosofía de la Modernidad.Ismael Martínez-liébana - 1998 - Revista de Filosofía (Madrid) 20 (1):275-284.
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    Children's Evaluation of Computer-Generated Punning Riddles.Kim Binsted, Helen Pain & Graeme D. Ritchie - 1997 - Pragmatics and Cognition 5 (2):305-354.
    We have developed a formal model of certain types of riddles, and implemented it in a computer program, JAPE, which generates simple punning riddles. In order to test the model, we evaluated the behaviour of the program, by having 120 children aged eight to eleven years old rate JAPE-generated texts, human-generated texts, and non-joke texts for "jokiness" and funniness. This confirmed that JAPE's output texts are indeed jokes, and that there is no significant difference in funniness or jokiness between JAPE"s (...)
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    Notas Sobre La Filosofía De Fray Luis De León. Posibles Fuentes De Su Pensamiento.Jaime García Alvarez - 1991 - Revista Agustiniana 32 (99):883-935.
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    Critical Thinking and Humour.Berrie Heesen - 1990 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 5 (1):3-3.
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    Comments on “Laughter in Nietzsche’s Thought”.John Lachs - 1988 - International Studies in Philosophy 20 (2):81-83.
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    Astrología y Arte En El "Lapidario" de Alfonso X El Sabio. Ana Domínguez Rodríguez.Anthony Cárdenas - 1986 - Speculum 61 (2):405-408.
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    Ensayos Sobre la Dialéctica: Estudios Sobre la Dialéctica En Hegel y Marx. [REVIEW]Scott Davis - 1985 - The Owl of Minerva 17 (1):65-69.
    Professor Vásquez, who has produced Spanish translations of the Philosophy of Right and Marx’s Critique, continues, in this volume, the studies of his earlier Dialéctica y Derecho en Hegel. Originally a series of articles, in the Revista Venezolana de Filosofia, the chapter titles suggest a miscellany: two on Hegel’s critique of Kantian ethics, five commenting on the first four chapters of the Phenomenology, one on the relation of Hegel to Marx and a concluding chapter on the Kantian origins of the (...)
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    Philosophical Laughter: Vichian Remarks on Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.Donald Phillip Verene - 1984 - New Vico Studies 2:75.
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    Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries On Acid Humor Arising From Foods and On White Magnesia . By Joseph Black. Trans. By Thomas Hanson, with an Introduction by Stacey B. Day. Reprint. Minneapolis: Bell Museum of Pathobiology, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1973. Pp. Xiv + 40. $6.00; $2.25. [REVIEW]David Larder - 1974 - British Journal for the History of Science 7 (2):190-191.
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    Sobre la filosofía en Marx.Fernando Quesada Castro - 1971 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 6:25.
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    Alfonso X, el Sabio. John Esten Keller.Robert Burns - 1971 - Speculum 46 (1):157-158.
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    Laughter and Detachment.Dwight Vate - 1965 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):163-171.
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    Bergson's Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic.H. M. Kallen - 1912 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 9 (11):303.
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    Butler's Humour of Homer. [REVIEW]George C. W. Warr - 1892 - The Classical Review 6 (9):398-399.
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    Ideology and Humor in Suetonius' Life of Vespasian 8.Trevor Luke - 2010 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 103 (4):511-527.
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    Book Review: A Time to Laugh: The Religion of HumorA Time to Laugh: The Religion of HumorbyCappsDonaldContinuum, New York, 2005. 198 Pp. $18.95 . ISBN 978-0-8264-1641-4. [REVIEW]Larry Kent Graham - 2008 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 62 (2):221-221.
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    Humor and the Theology of Hope.Joel S. Kaminsky - 2000 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 54 (4):363-375.
    The Isaac narratives contain many rarely noticed elements of humor. While enhancing the reader's enjoyment, humor is also an integral component of a theology of hope in Genesis.
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    Aristotle and the Comic Hero: Uses of the Moral Imagination. McKinney - 1998 - Philosophy Today 42 (4):386-392.
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    Women and Humor. [REVIEW]Eileen Gillooly - 1991 - Feminist Studies 17 (3):472.
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    Anti‐Humor.Steven R. Nachman - 1982 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 10 (2):117-135.
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    Make 'Em Laugh - A. Corbeill: Controlling Laughter Political Humor in the Late Roman Republic. Pp. Xi + 251. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. $35/£27.95. ISBN: 0-691-02739-0. [REVIEW]Richard J. Hoffman - 1998 - The Classical Review 48 (1):110-113.
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    Censoring Emotional Discourse.Rachel Aumiller - 2016 - In Žarko Cvejić, Andrija Filipović & Ana Petrov (eds.), The Crisis in the Humanities: Transdisciplinary Solutions. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars. pp. 8-15.
    This paper critiques of the privileging of seriousness in modern scholarship and particularly in the humanities, on account of its purported neutrality and objectivity, the resulting foreclosing of all other emotions and insights, and the potentially subversive and enriching potential of laughter, as discussed in Karl Marx’s dichotomy of laughter and seriousness.
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    Being Funny: Ontology is a Queer Subject.Bill Martin - 2016 - Angelaki 21 (3):137-150.
    A Zen Maoist koan: Bill is developing a crazy synthesis that brings together Buddhism, Maoism, and French Marxism, especially Badiou. Running through all three are themes concerning emptiness, letting go, and contingency. On the other hand, when Bill's mind runs toward just making up stuff that seems funny to him, it is hard for him to stop. This “essay” is a meeting point between these two activities, and at some point in the underdetermined, contingent future there will have to be (...)
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    Go Bleep Yourself!: Why Censorship is Funny.Robert T. Valgenti - 2016 - Angelaki 21 (3):103-114.
    This essay argues that the use of the censor's bleep for comedic effect in cases when an actual expletive is not present can contribute not only to our understanding of traditional theories of humor but also uncover a deep connection between censorship, humor, and human speech. The essay begins with a description of the phenomenon of “unnecessary censorship” within the context of prime-time television and the growing use of profane and indecent language. To understand why unnecessary censorship works as a (...)
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