On humour / Simon Critchley.

"On Humour is a book on what humour can tell us about being human. Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour: why is it that we mock death with laughter? Why are so many comedians depressives? If humour is uniquely human, then why do we s...

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Main Author: Critchley, Simon, 1960-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: London : Routledge, 2002.
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Summary:"On Humour is a book on what humour can tell us about being human. Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour: why is it that we mock death with laughter? Why are so many comedians depressives? If humour is uniquely human, then why do we spend so much time laughing at animals? If we laugh with the body, then do we also laugh at the body? Is humour revolutionary or does it simply reinforce the status quo? What is going on in racist and sexist humour? Is joking a private matter or is humour something essentially shared and social?" "From antiquity to modernity, and drawing on work from a vast range of authors, in particular Swift, Sterne, Shaftesbury, Bergson, Beckett and Freud, On Humour turns the comical inside out to reveal some delectable insights about what we find funny. Above all, Critchley reveals that the humanity of humour is in being able to laugh at oneself, in finding oneself ridiculous. Humour is the great anti-depressant that does not lead one to escape reality but to face up to it more intensely, but not without a certain lightness." "On Humour will interest readers in a range of disciplines, in philosophy, theology, literature, psychoanalysis, history and anthropology. It will also intrigue anyone with a sense of humour, which hopefully is all of us."--BOOK JACKET.
Physical Description:144 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN:0415251214(pbk.) :
0415251206
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