Fitting Attitude Theory and the Normativity of Jokes

Erkenntnis 83 (6):1303-1320 (2018)

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Stephanie Patridge
Otterbein College
Andrew Jordan
Otterbein College
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We defend a fitting-attitude theory of the funny against a set of potential objections. Ultimately, we endorse a version of FA theory that treats reasons for amusement as non-compelling, metaphysically non-conditional, and alterable by social features of the joke telling context. We find that this version of FA theory is well-suited to accommodate our ordinary practices of telling and being amused by jokes, and helpfully bears on the related faultless disagreement dispute.
Keywords humor  fitting attitude theory  faultless disagreement  jokes
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