Philosophy’s attitude towards the comic. A re-evaluation


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Amir, L. B. (2013). Philosophy’s attitude towards the comic. A re-evaluation. The European Journal of Humour Research, 1(1), 6–21.


Contrary to common opinion, philosophy’s relations with the comic are profound and complex, yet the nature and significance of this relationship is surprisingly under studied. I have found that the relations that philosophy entertains with the comic can be conceptualized in ten traditions, eight dating from antiquity and two from modern and postmodern times. I trace these traditions from antiquity through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times. I explain how the view that philosophy is inimical to the comic originated and invite the reader to re-evaluate philosophy’s attitude towards the comic.


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