Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Contemplating ArtEssays in Aesthetics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jerrold Levinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 October 2020

The Concept of Humor

The Concept of Humor

(p.389) 23 The Concept of Humor
Contemplating Art

Jerrold Levinson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This essay is concerned primarily with the question of what humor is, and with the somewhat distinct question, of what the bases or grounds of humor are. Traditional theories of humor are reviewed, an analysis of humor is proposed, and the issue of goodness in humor is briefly addressed. It is argued that the essence of humor is given by none of the traditional theories or their variants, residing instead in a particular pleasurable affect,amusement, elicited through cognition, and bearing a non-accidental relation to the behaviour known aslaughter.

Keywords:   incongruity, goodness, amusement, cognition, laughter

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .