A Distance Theory of Humour
Think, Vol. 6, pp. 139-148, 2008
10 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2013
Date Written: 2008
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
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