Humor, Sublimity and Incongruity


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John Marmysz
College of Marin
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Humorous laughter is related to the sublime experience in that it involves the transformation of a potentially unpleasant perception into a pleasurable experience. However, whereas sublimity is associated with feelings of awe and respect, humorous laughter is associated with feelings of superiority and contempt. This difference is a result of the fact that sublimity is an affective response involving an individual’s perception of vulnerability while humorous laughter is a response involving perceived invulnerability.
Keywords Philosophy of Humor  Sublimity  Laughter  Immanuel Kant  Edmund Burke  Humor
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