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  1. John Morreall (2009). Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial, irrational, and foolish Argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy Includes a foreword by Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.
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  2. John Morreall (ed.) (1986). The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor. State University of New York Press.
    This book assesses the adequacy of the traditional theories of laughter and humor, suggests revised theories, and explores such areas as the aesthetics and ethics of humor, and the relation of amusement to other mental states. Theories of laughter and humor originated in ancient times with the view that laughter is an expression of feelings of superiority over another person. This superiority theory was held by Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes. Another aspect of laughter, noted by Aristotle and Cicero and neglected (...)
     
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    John Morreall (1983). Taking Laughter Seriously. State University of New York Press.
    "The book's qualities are, first, its scope and persuasiveness. The whole book demonstrates the seriousness of humor and its central place in human life. I know of no comparable work.
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    John Morreall (1985). Enjoying Negative Emotions in Fictions. Philosophy and Literature 9 (1):95-103.
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  5. John Morreall (1994). The Myth of the Omniscient Narrator. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 52 (4):429-435.
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    John Morreall (1976). The Justifiability of Violent Civil Disobedience. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):35 - 47.
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    John Morreall (1993). Fear Without Belief. Journal of Philosophy 60 (7):359-366.
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    John Morreall (1982). A New Theory of Laughter. Philosophical Studies 42 (2):243 - 254.
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  9. John Morreall (1982). Hume's Missing Shade of Blue. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 42 (March):407-415.
  10. John Morreall (1991). Cuteness. British Journal of Aesthetics 31 (1):39-47.
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    John Morreall (1984). Reason, Truth and History. Philosophical Studies 30:388-390.
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    John Morreall (1993). The Contingency of Cuteness: A Reply to Sanders. British Journal of Aesthetics 33 (3):283-285.
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    John Morreall (1981). Persons. Philosophical Studies 28:414-416.
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    John Morreall (2012). Humor, Philosophy and Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (2):1-12.
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    John Morreall (2014). The Comic Vision of Life. British Journal of Aesthetics 54 (2):125-140.
    Tragedy has traditionally been ranked higher than comedy, and critics often valorize the ‘tragic vision of life’. Using twenty contrasts between tragedy and comedy, I argue that there is a ‘comic vision of life’ which is superior to the tragic vision, especially in the post-heroic era in which we live.
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    John Morreall (1989). The Rejection of Humor in Western Thought. Philosophy East and West 39 (3):243-265.
    I examine three main objections to humor in western thought--That humor is hostile, That it is irrational, And that it is irresponsible. None of these, I show, Is a valid general objection to humor. I then explore some of the values of humor overlooked in western thought, Especially the way it gets us to see things in new ways and liberates us from practical concern. I contrast the western rejection of humor with the embracing of humor in zen, Showing the (...)
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    John Morreall (1978). Divine Simplicity and Divine Properties. Journal of Critical Analysis 7 (2):67-70.
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  18. John Morreall (2005). Humour and the Conduct of Politics. In Sharon Lockyer & Michael Pickering (eds.), Beyond a Joke: The Limits of Humour. Palgrave Macmillan 63--78.
     
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    John Morreall (1980). Smooth Replicas. Philosophical Studies 38 (July):101-103.
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    John Morreall (1978). Size, Shape, Seeing, and Sense-Data. Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 9 (3):101-112.
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    John S. Morreall (1977). Aldrich and Aesthetic Perception. British Journal of Aesthetics 17 (3):275-280.
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    John Morreall (1984). The Aseity of God in St. Anselm. Sophia 23 (3):35-44.
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    John S. Morreall (1976). Penelhum's Replica Objection. Philosophical Studies 25:86-102.
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    John Morreall (2007). Review of Vittorio Hsle, Woody Allen: An Essay on the Nature of the Comical. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (8).
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    John Morreall (1994). Varieties of Affect. International Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):94-95.
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    John Morreall (1980). God as Self-Explanatory. Philosophical Quarterly 30 (120):206-214.
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    John Morreall (1989). Kitsch and Aesthetic Education. Journal of Aesthetic Education 23 (4):63.
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    John Morreall (1986). Illuminating Dance. Process Studies 15 (2):140-141.
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    John Morreall & Iris Marion Young (1985). Review Section. Human Studies 8 (4):393-401.
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    John Morreall (1984). The Philosopher as Teacher Humor and Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 15 (3-4):305-317.
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    John Morreall (1984). Laughter, Suddenness, and Pleasure. Dialogue 23 (4):689-694.
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    John Morreall (1987). Realism and Reason. Philosophical Studies 31:338-343.
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    John Morreall (1981). My Body, My Memory and Me. Philosophical Studies 28:221-228.
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  34. John Morreall (1991). Richard A. Watson, The Philosopher's Joke Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (5):312-314.
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  35. John Morreall (1991). Ronald Englefield, Critique of Pure Verbiage Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (5):312-314.
     
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    John Morreall (1980). Perfect Happiness and the Resurrection of the Body. Religious Studies 16 (1):29 - 35.
    Although not a great deal has been said about heaven in the Christian tradition, it is part of the traditional notion of heaven that the blessed are in a condition of perfect happiness. In this life we can be happy to a certain degree, but mixed with earthly happiness is disappointment, frustration, and even sorrow. In heaven, by contrast, there is no sadness, nothing is lacking, happiness is complete. The usual way of explaining this perfect happiness is in terms of (...)
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    John Morreall (1998). The Emotions of Television. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):280-293.
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  38. John Morreall (1990). James W. Forrester, Why You Should: The Pragmatics of Deontic Speech Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 10 (1):16-19.
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    John Morreall (1984). Music and Aesthetics in the Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth Centuries. Philosophical Studies 30:328-329.
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    John Morreall (1983). Can Theological Language Have Hidden Meaning? Religious Studies 19 (1):43 - 56.
    Any reflective account of theological language acknowledges very early that words drawn from our experience with creatures have special meanings when applied to God. Because God transcends the created world, we cannot take predicates which apply to creatures and apply them to God without modification. And the more transcendent God is understood to be, the more modified will our language taken from creatures have to be when it is used in theology. A primitive theism which thinks of God simply as (...)
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  41. John Morreall (1993). Fear Without Belief. Journal of Philosophy 90 (7):359-366.
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  42. John Morreall (1981). Humor and Aesthetic Education. Journal of Aesthetic Education 15 (1):55.
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  43. John Morreall (1990). James W. Forrester, Why You Should: The Pragmatics of Deontic Speech. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 10:16-19.
     
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  44. John Morreall (1981). Of Marsupials and Men: Thought Experiment on Abortion. Dialogos 16 (37):7.
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  45. John Morreall (1991). Richard A. Watson, The Philosopher's Joke. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 11:312-314.
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  46. John Morreall (1991). Ronald Englefield, Critique of Pure Verbiage. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 11:312-314.
     
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