Humour is a universal feature of human life. It has been discovered in every known human culture, and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. In this Very Short Introduction Noel Carroll considers the nature and value of humour: from its leading theories and its relation to emotion and cognition, to ethical questions of its morality and its significance in shaping society.
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Excellent introduction. * Steven Poole, the guardian *
1: The nature of humour
2: Humour, emotion, and cognition
3: Humour and value