R. Bracht Branham

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article describes the relation of satire to philosophy. It explains that while satire and philosophy may seem at first glance to be fundamentally distinct forms of discourse, they are in fact fratricidal siblings and that they are destined to be forever at odds but ultimately inseparable. It explains that philosophy and satire also share a common cultural genealogy and they both claim the same high ground: the right to determine what is to be taken seriously and what is to be laughed out of court. It also highlights the differences between satire and comedy.

Keywords: satire; philosophy; discourse; cultural genealogy; comedy

Article.  11657 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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