Philosophy Today 64 (1):205-220 (2020)

Bryan Lueck
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Building on the theory of humor advanced by Yves Cusset in his recent book Rire: Tractatus philo-comicus, I argue that we can understand the phenomenon in terms of what Jean-Luc Nancy, following Roland Barthes, has called the exemption from sense. I attempt to show how the humorous sensibility, understood in this way, is entirely incompatible with the experience of others as contemptible. I conclude by developing some of the normative implications of this, focusing specifically on the question whether it is ever morally permissible to treat others with contempt.
Keywords Contempt  Humor  Continental Philosophy  Ethics  Jean-Luc Nancy  Immanuel Kant  Sense
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