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Humour, emotion, and cognition

Noël Carroll

in Humour

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199552221
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779886 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199552221.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

Humour, emotion, and cognition

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‘Humour, emotion, and cognition’ examines the relation of humour to emotion and cognition and begins by considering whether comic amusement is an emotion. By considering comic amusement as an emotion, the insights of psychologists and philosophers of mind can be exploited by exploring the ways in which comic amusement fits that model. By means of this framework, we are led smoothly not only to an examination of the cognitive and affective dimensions of humour, but also to a discussion of the importance of humour in terms of the service humour performs to vital human interests.

Keywords: Bertolt Brecht; Charlie Chaplin; Winston Churchill; emotion; William James; Jonathan Miller; San Francisco Mime Troupe; Philip Sidney

Chapter.  6313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Theatre ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Humour

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