The book offers an extensive and detailed philosophical analysis of the phenomenon of the comic. The author critically presents the hitherto existing theories of the comic from Aristotle up to the present and classifies them. At the same time he advances his own definition of the comic as a broadly understood deviation from norm, which takes into account the deviation from an objectively existing norm as well as the subjective sense of the normal. Many pages have been devoted to the analysis of the main forms of the comic. The author offers their taxonomy and discusses the major techniques of evoking the comic.
The final part of the book deals with the social aspects of the comic and discusses the social role of humour, mockery, satire, irony, etc. The author elaborates on the educational, integrating, punitive, and therapeuric aspects of various forms of comic activities.
The book is based upon ample material drawn from a multitude of sources. The author does not limit the scope of his analysis to the philosophical and the aesthetic aspects of the comic but takes into account its extra-aesthetic occurrences and applications as presented by psychologists, cultural anthropologists, sociologists, theoreticians and historians of literature, film, and music, which makes the work truly interdisciplinary in character.
The Comical: A Philosophical Analysis will be useful to aestheticians and philosophers of art, as well as to the students of literary criticism, theatre, and film studies, educational theory, psychology and even the theory of argumentation.
|Defining the Comical|
|The Theory of a Negative Feature and of the Superiority of the Subject of the Comical|
|The Theory of Degradation|
|The Theory of Contrast|
|The Theory of Incongruity|
|The Theory of Deviation from a Norm|
|The Theories of Mixed Motifs|
|A Defence of the Relationist Version of the Deviation Theory|
|Forms of the Comical|
|Major Ways of Evoking the Comical|
|Mains Forms of the Comical|
|Social Significance of the Comical|
|Cognitive Functions of the Comical|
|The Role of Jest and Derision in Primitive Cultures|
|The Comical as a Source of Psychic Hygiene: Entertainment and Therapy|
|Laughter: a Social Weapon|
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Series: NIJHOFF INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHY SERIES
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 31st December 1992
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54