Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life

All Too Human

Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Editors: Moland, Lydia L. (Ed.)

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  • 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
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Taking Laughter Seriously in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

    Pages 1-13

    Moland, Lydia L.

  • Reconciling Laughter: Hegel on Comedy and Humor

    Pages 15-31

    Moland, Lydia L.

  • It’s Tragic, But That’s Great: K. W. F. Solger and Humor as the Key to Metaphysics

    Pages 33-49

    Bubbio, Paolo Diego

  • Jean Paul’s Lunacy, or Humor as Trans-Critique

    Pages 51-71

    Coker, William

  • Caricature, Philosophy and the “Aesthetics of the Ugly”: Some Questions for Rosenkranz

    Pages 73-87

    Allen Speight, C.

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Softcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
All Too Human
Book Subtitle
Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Editors
  • Lydia L. Moland
Series Title
Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91331-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91331-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91330-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08227-7
Series ISSN
2352-8206
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 198
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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