Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hutcheson on the Point of Laughter

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Reflections Upon Laughter, and Remarks Upon the Fable of the Bees and Remarks upon The fable of the bees By Francis Hutcheson, Pre-1801 Imprint Collection (Library of Congress)

He goes on to give a few additional uses that laughter (and with it ridicule) serves -- restoring perspective, correcting minor vices, etc. (Most of the work, however, is devoted to arguing against the Hobbesian theory that laughter involves a comparison with others that makes us feel superior; this more social angle is part of Hutcheson's counter-theory.)

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