The Philosophy of Humor: A Serious Look at Funny

Steven Gimbel

11/12/2020 4:00 pm

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Humor is everywhere in our lives. We seem to be hardwired to be receptive to humor, even when we don’t always agree on what is funny. Humor is an essential part of being human. Great thinkers from around the world have examined humor for thousands of years and the philosophy of humor has been recognized as a legitimate subfield, complete with professional organizations, academic studies, and an extensive body of literature. Now, it seems, people are taking the subject of humor quite seriously.