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Philosophy, Humor, and the Human Condition

Taking Ridicule Seriously

Authors: Amir, Lydia

  • Takes a completely original standpoint by positing humor as the key to the human condition 
  • Offers a much-needed philosophical system that can be applied in everyday life
  • Presents new material from the leading scholar in the field
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  • Due: January 14, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32671-5
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About this book

This book presents an original worldview, Homo risibilis, wherein self-referential humor is proposed as the path leading from a tragic view of life to a liberating embrace of human ridicule. Humor is presented as a conceptual tool for holding together contradictions and managing the unresolvable conflict of the human condition till Homo risibilis resolves the inherent tension without epistemological cost. This original approach to the human condition allows us to effectively address life’s ambiguities without losing sight of its tragic overtones and brings along far-ranging personal and social benefits.

By defining the problem that other philosophies and many religions attempt to solve in terms we can all relate to, Homo risibilis enables an understanding of the Other that surpasses mere tolerance. Its egalitarian vision roots an ethic of compassion without requiring metaphysical or religious assumptions and liberates the individual for action on others’ behalf. It offers a new model of rationality which effectively handles and eventually resolves the tension between oneself, others, and the world at large.

Amir’s view of the human condition transcends the field of philosophy of humor. An original worldview that fits the requirements of traditional philosophy, Homo risibilis is especially apt to answer contemporary concerns. It embodies the minimal consensus we need in order to live together and the active role philosophy should responsibly play in a global world. Here developed for the first time in a complete way, the Homo risibilis worldview is not only liberating in nature, but also illuminates the shortcomings of other philosophies in their attempts to secure harmony in a disharmonious world for a disharmonious human being.

About the authors

Lydia Amir is Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Tufts University, USA.


Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: January 14, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32671-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 17, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32670-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy, Humor, and the Human Condition
Book Subtitle
Taking Ridicule Seriously
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32671-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32671-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32670-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 330
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