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Humor, Laughter and Human Flourishing

A Philosophical Exploration of the Laughing Animal

Authors: Gordon, Mordechai

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  • Unique blend of philosophical investigation and humorous discourse
  • Provides a rigorous yet accessible philosophical analysis of humor
  • Offers many concrete examples from education, literature, film, media, and our everyday experience
  • Provides many valuable insights on the import of humor and laughter for our lives
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This book is a philosophical investigation of the significance of humor and laughter, examining its relation to other human phenomena including truth, nihilism, dreams, friendship, intimacy, aesthetic experience, self-transcendence and education. The author addresses the relative neglect of humor and laughter among philosophers of education with this volume, where the focus is on the significance of humor and laughter for human flourishing. 
Central questions are threaded through this work: What does the study of humor and laughter bring to philosophy and specifically to philosophy of education?  How is humorist thinking different from other modes of human knowing? What might happen if we were to respond to the absurdity of human existence with humor and laughter? What insights can be learned from a philosophical investigation of humor in relationship to other human phenomena such as dreams, friendship, intimacy, aesthetic experience and self-transcendence? And, finally, how can humor and laughter enhance human existence and flourishing? 
The author presents groundbreaking insights into what can be gained from a study of humor and laughter about human existence in general and flourishing in particular. 
This work will be of interest to philosophers, especially philosophers of education,  as well as to teachers and educators. Its unique blend of philosophical investigation and humorous discourse is both a rigorous and accessible analysis of humor.

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“Humor Laughter and Human Flourishing is a welcome addition to the Springer Briefs in Education series. … this brief volume is a compilation of essays resulting from his reflection over four years on the relationship of humor to human flourishing, as well as from his selective engagement with humor scholarship. Gordon lucidly conveys many rich philosophical insights.” (Sammy Basu, International Journal of Humor Research, Vol. 30 (1), February, 2017)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humor, Laughter and Human Flourishing
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Exploration of the Laughing Animal
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Education
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00834-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00834-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00833-2
Series ISSN
2211-1921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 100
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