Technology is a laughing matter: Bergson, the comic and technology

AI and Society 32 (2):201-208 (2017)

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There seems to be no connection between philosophy of humor and the philosophy of technology. In this paper, I want to make the case that there is. I will pursue a twofold goal in this paper: First, I will take an account from one of the seminal figures in the philosophy of humor, Henri Bergson, and bring out its merits for a philosophy of technology. Bergson has never been fully appreciated as a philosopher of technology. I will fill this gap and show that Bergson’s account of the comic contains some interesting insights about our relation to technology. Second, I will show that humor and the comic open up a new perspective on technology that may facilitate new ways of thinking about our technological culture.
Keywords Philosophy of Technology  Henri Bergson  Humor  laughter
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-015-0612-9
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Philosophy of Technology.Maarten Franssen - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Creative Evolution.Henri Bergson (ed.) - 1911 - New York: the Modern Library.

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