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All Too Human

Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Editors:

  • Is the only book dealing with philosophies of humor, comedy, and laughter in the 19th Century

  • Helps distinguish among aesthetic categories such as humor, comedy, laughter, irony, wit, and satire

  • Considers compelling and under-researched questions in the dynamic history of 19th Century philosophy

Part of the book series: Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life (BSPR, volume 7)

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About this book

This book offers an analysis of humor, comedy, and laughter as philosophical topics in the 19th Century. It traces the introduction of humor as a new aesthetic category inspired by Laurence Sterne’s "Tristram Shandy" and shows Sterne’s deep influence on German aesthetic theorists of this period. Through differentiating humor from comedy, the book suggests important distinctions within the aesthetic philosophies of G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Solger, and Jean Paul Richter. The book links Kant’s underdeveloped incongruity theory of laughter to Schopenhauer’s more complete account and identifies humor’s place in the pessimistic philosophy of Julius Bahnsen. It considers how caricature functioned at the intersection of politics, aesthetics, and ethics in Karl Rosenkranz’s work, and how Kierkegaard and Nietzsche made humor central not only to their philosophical content but also to its style. The book concludes with an explication of French philosopher Henri Bergson’s claim that laughter is a response to mechanical inelasticity.

Keywords

  • Aesthetic Philosophies of Friedrich Schlegel
  • Aesthetic Philosophies of Hegel
  • Aesthetic Philosophies of Kierkegaard
  • Aesthetic Philosophies of Nietzsche
  • Aesthetic Philosophies of Schopenhauer
  • German Idealism
  • German Romanticism
  • Philosophy of Comedy
  • Philosophy of Humor
  • Philosophy of Laughter

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, Colby College, Waterville, USA

    Lydia L. Moland

About the editor

Lydia L. Moland is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.  She is the author of "Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, National Identity, Cosmopolitanism" and of numerous articles on Hegel’s political philosophy and philosophy of art.  She has been a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy of Berlin, the DAAD, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-91331-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)