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Humour: A Very Short Introduction

Noël Carroll

January 2014

ISBN: 9780199552221

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Humour is a universal feature of human life. 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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Humour is a universal feature of human life. 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.

  • An introduction to the nature and value of humour and all of the leading theories
  • Explores the connections between humour and cognition
  • Looks at its moral dimensions - when does humour become immoral?
  • Written by a leading figure in the fields of aesthetic theory, philosophy of film, and humour
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Noël Carroll, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Temple University

Noël Carroll is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Temple University. He is a renowned scholar in the fields of film theory, the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of the visual arts, and social and cultural theory. He is the author or editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of humanistic and cultural topics and he has already written broadly on the topic of comedy. He currently teaches courses in film and media theory, philosophy of art and philosophy of history.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1: The nature of humour
    2: Humour, emotion, and cognition
    3: Humour and value
    References
    Further reading

Reviews

"Excellent introduction." - Steven Poole, the guardian