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dc.contributor.authorLippitt, John
dc.identifier.citationLippitt , J 1992 , ' Nietzsche, Zarathustra and the status of laughter ' , British Journal of Aesthetics , vol. 32 , no. 1 , pp. 39-49 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 186161
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dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/3953
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 12844279194
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright British Society of Aesthetics. DOI: 10.1093/bjaesthetics/32.1.39 [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]
dc.description.abstractLaughter is not one of the phenomena most commonly associated with Friedrich Nietzsche. Indeed, numerous people to whom I have mentioned my interest in Nietzsche on laughter seem to have assumed that connecting the two was my own, rather warped, idea of a joke. The momentous-sounding ideas for which Nietzsche is best known—the Ubermensch, the will to power, the urgency of the need for self-overcoming—might at first glance appear to lend support to such a reaction. Moreover, in philosophical work on laughter and humour, Nietzsche is almost invariably ignored. So my purpose in this paper is to suggest that ignoring Nietzsche's contribution to the philosophy of laughter and humour is an important oversight, since he awards laughter a status higher than that granted by any other philosopher. For Nietzsche, laughter is far from being a trivial, frivolous phenomenon. Rather, it plays an important role in his entire world-view. According to Walter Kaufmann, 'for Nietzsche laughter represents an attitude toward the world, toward life and toward oneself.' [opening paragraph]en
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Aesthetics
dc.titleNietzsche, Zarathustra and the status of laughteren
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Humanities
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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