The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 1, No 1 (2013)

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

Lydia B. Amir


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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