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Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596050440
  • ISBN: 1596050446
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Incorporated

AUTHOR

Bergson, Henri

SUMMARY

In Laughter, Bergson considers the meaning of the comic element in forms and movements, situations, words, and character. He regards the comic as a living thing with a logic of its own. It requires an absence of feeling, "something like a momentary anesthesia of the heart. Its appeal is to intelligence, pure and simple." It must have a social signification; it must be within the human realm. Above all, since laughter inspires fear, the comic is seen as a check on our more eccentric impulses. Bergson wrote: "In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour."Bergson, Henri is the author of 'Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic' with ISBN 9781596050440 and ISBN 1596050446.

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