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Why Can't Philosophers Laugh?

Authors: Froese, Katrin

  • Methodological study of humor and its philosophical valueMelds Chinese and Western philosophy in pursuit of an understanding of laughterArgues that the comic is not antithetical to philosophy, but invites a different kind of thinking that is playful and exploratory

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About this book

This book analyzes Western and Chinese philosophical texts to determine why laughter and the comic have not been a major part of philosophical discourse. Katrin Froese maintains that many philosophical accounts of laughter try to unearth laughter's purpose, thereby rendering it secondary to the intentional and purposive aspects of human nature that impel us to philosophize. Froese also considers texts that take laughter and the comic as starting points, attempting to philosophize out of laughter rather than merely trying to unearth reasons for laughter. The book proposes that continuously unraveling philosophical assumptions through the comic and laughter may be necessary to live well.

About the authors

Katrin Froese is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of three previous books: Rousseau and Nietzsche: Toward an Aesthetic Morality (2001), Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Daoist Thought: Crossing Paths In-Between (2006), and Ethics Unbound: Some Chinese and Western Perspectives on Morality (2013). 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85552-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why Can't Philosophers Laugh?
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55044-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55044-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55043-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85552-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 227
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