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Illusion and satire in Kierkegaard's Postscript
This paper investigates Johannes Climacus''s infamous satire against Hegelianism in the Concluding Unscientific Postscript. In considering why Climacus aims to show speculative thought as comical rather than simply mistaken, ...
Laughter: a tool in moral perfectionism?
(Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)
Each of the previous three articles in this series has examined one of the three main traditions of humour theory; those based around incongruity, superiority and the release of energy. We have seen that each of these ...
Humour and release
The third article in this series looks at Freud's attempt to explain humour and laughter in terms of the release of 'psychic energy'.
Humour and superiority
This is the second in a series of articles on the philosophy of humour and laughter. This article looks at the attempts which are made to explain humour in terms of superiority.
Humour and incongruity
The first in a series of articles on the philosophy of humour and laughter looks at attempts made to explain humour in terms of incongruity.
Nietzsche, Zarathustra and the status of laughter
Laughter 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 ...