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Comedy, Seriously

A Philosophical Study

Authors: Nikulin, D.

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Comedy, Seriously provides a philosophical interpretation of comedy and argues that comedy displays a particular kind of rationality that reflects philosophical thinking. In particular, that comedy is defined not so much by laughter or jokes, but rather the structure of its plot, which is isomorphic with that of the philosophical argument. Comedy allows for the resolution of a conflict and the achievement of well-being and equality through action that follows the comic plot. Moreover, such action is propelled by the 'thinker on stage,' who, as socially and politically oppressed, contributes to the liberation of all and the achievement of the good life. Comedy, therefore, establishes the universal pattern for justice and well-being and allows us to rethink the notion of subjectivity not as the modern isolated subject, but rather as integrated with others through shared action and dialogical involvement.

About the authors

Dmitri Nikulin is Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, New School for Social Research, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: On the Ancient Origins of Comedy

    Nikulin, Dmitri

    Pages 3-21

  • The Moderns: The Romantic Loss of Comedy

    Nikulin, Dmitri

    Pages 23-44

  • Everyone Joins the Fight: The Dialectic of Comic Action

    Nikulin, Dmitri

    Pages 47-68

  • Whatever Works: Structure and Topics of Comedy

    Nikulin, Dmitri

    Pages 69-92

  • The Catastrophe of the Good Ending

    Nikulin, Dmitri

    Pages 93-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comedy, Seriously
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Study
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Dmitri Nikulin
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41514-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137415141
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41513-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49051-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 192
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