A Distance Theory of Humour

Think, Vol. 6, pp. 139-148, 2008

10 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2013

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Brian Ribeiro

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

I propose to offer a programmatic theory-sketch of a new theory of humor, pitched at roughly the same level of detail, and intended to have roughly the same level of inclusiveness, as the other available philosophical “theories” of humor. I will call the theory I propose the distance theory. After an appeal to some intuitive illustrations of the distance theory’s attractions, I move on to offer an analysis of observational comedy using the distance theory. I conclude the paper with some speculative remarks about the possible connections between the practice of observational comedy and the discipline of philosophy.

Keywords: comedy, humor, aesthetics

Suggested Citation

Ribeiro, Brian, A Distance Theory of Humour (2008). Think, Vol. 6, pp. 139-148, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2308018

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Chattanooga, TN 37403
United States

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