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Alan Roberts
University of Sussex
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    Cracking Jokes: Four Rules for Humour.Alan Roberts - 2018 - The Conversation.
    Humour is a funny thing. Everyone knows what humour is but no-one knows exactly how it works. This is the reason why I decided to write a PhD on the philosophy of humour. Some may see this as an odd mix – after all, philosophy is a weighty discipline and humour a light topic. -/- But humour is a phenomenon that anthropologists have discovered in every known human culture and the average person laughs around 17 times a day. Moreover, although (...)
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  2. Reviews : Wilfred Burchett, Shadows of Hiroshima (Verso, 1984).Alan Roberts - 1986 - Thesis Eleven 13 (1):129-132.
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    Funny Punny Logic.Alan Roberts - 2017 - Dialectica 71 (4):531-539.
    Humour has been a surprisingly neglected topic in philosophy. However, Noah Greenstein has recently given an intuitive schema for modelling the logical structure of puns. Having this logical structure is indeed what makes a pun punny, but I argue that it is not what makes a pun funny. In order for a pun to be funny, the components comprising its logical structure must be related to one another such that certain conditions are satisfied. By using Graeme Ritchie's linguistic model of (...)
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    Humour is a Funny Thing.Alan Roberts - 2016 - British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (4):355-366.
    This paper considers the question of how immoral elements in instances of humour affect funniness. Comic ethicism is the position that each immoral element negatively affects funniness and if their cumulative effect is sufficient, then funniness is eliminated. I focus on Berys Gaut’s central argument in favour of comic ethicism; the merited response argument. In this journal, Noël Carroll has criticized the merited response argument as illegitimately conflating comic merit with moral merit. I argue that the merited response argument, and (...)
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    Aesthetic Pursuits by Jerrold Levinson. [REVIEW]Alan Roberts - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics:ayx036.
    Aesthetic Pursuits is Jerrold Levinson’s newest collection of essays and is marketed as a complement to his 2015 volume Musical Concerns. Whereas Musical Concerns was comprised exclusively of essays on music, Aesthetic Pursuits consists of essays on a variety of topics. As the broad title suggests, these topics are relatively disparate and wide-ranging, including issues of film, humour, literature, beauty and the emotions. All the essays, with one exception, were written after 2006 and offer a view into Levinson’s thinking over (...)
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    Review: Shadows of Hiroshima. [REVIEW]Alan Roberts - 1986 - Thesis Eleven 13 (1):129-132.
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  7. Beyond a Joke: A Defence of Comic Moralism.Alan Roberts - forthcoming - In Mark Alfano (ed.), Moral Psychology of Amusement. Rowman & Littlefield.
    Humour is a source of moral concern because some jokes contain both elements of immorality and funniness. This raises the question of whether jokes can be funny despite moral flaws and, more generally, how immorality affects funniness. One answer to this question is comic moralism; the position that immorality negatively affects funniness. Berys Gaut has given a merited-response argument in defence of comic moralism, but Noël Carroll has criticised this argument. In this paper, I defend Gaut's argument from Carroll's criticism. (...)
     
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  8. The Very Idea of Theory in Business History.Alan Roberts & Isma Centre for Education and Research in Securities Markets - 1998 - University of Reading, Department of Economics, and Isma Centre for Education and Research in Securities Markets.
     
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  9. What is Humour?Alan Roberts - forthcoming - London, UK: Palgrave Pivot.
    Humour is a funny thing. Everyone knows what humour is but no-one knows exactly how it works. This book addresses the question 'What is humour?' -/- Consulting a dictionary on this question reveals an uninformative circle of definitions that goes from 'humour', to 'amusement', to 'funny' and back to 'humour'. Hence the book starts by untangling this circle of definitions to avoid being tied in conceptual knots. The remainder of the book is then free to lucidly provide a new theory (...)
     
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