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by F. H. Buckley

eBook The Morality of Laughter download ISBN: 0472098187
Author: F. H. Buckley
Publisher: University of Michigan Press; New Ed edition (January 27, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 256
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Buckley's The Morality of Laughter (U. Michigan . 2003), argues for a superiority theory of laughter, in which there is always a butt to our laughter whose faults it seeks to correct.

Buckley's The Morality of Laughter (U. The Morality of Laughter is a serious contribution to social and moral philosophy masquerading as an entertaining anatomy of an underappreciated human resource.

J. O’Rourke F. H. Buckley’s The Morality of Laughter is at once a humorous look at serious matters and a serious book about humor. Crisis Magazine Buckley has written a. ne and funny book that will be read with pleasure and instruction. written elegantly and often wittily. a fascinating philosophical exposition of laughter. at once a wise and highly amusing book. Wall Street Journal Online .. a useful reminder that a cheery society is a healthy one. - Weekly Standard.

The Morality of Laughter. Superiority is not a sufficient condition for laughter, as we saw in chapter 2. For example, we might fail to laugh at someone in pain because the element of playfulness is missing. Published by: University of Michigan Press. But I do think that superiority is a necessary condition. When I examine the different things that provoke our laughter, superiority seems a key that unlocks every door. I must therefore address five possible counterexamples, where we laugh but the element of superiority might not seem readily apparent.

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H. Thomas S. Hibbs, Boston College, Crisis Magazine, May 2003. written elegantly and often wittil. Gerald Owen, National Post, April 26, 2003. -Beith Henry, Weekly Standard, May 5, 2003. Mr. Buckley shows that laughter is not simply a physiological tic or a vacation from earnestness

The Morality of Laughter is a serious contribution to social and moral philosophy masquerading as an entertaining anatomy of an underappreciated human resource.

The Morality of Laughter is a serious contribution to social and moral philosophy masquerading as an entertaining anatomy of an underappreciated human resource. In 2013 Buckley wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal opposing bike lanes on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, which he feels leaves him out due to his own obesity. Despite this, the lanes were approved by a unanimous City Council vote. In 2014, he characterized his neighbors who supported the bike lanes as "Vichyite collaborators.

Books September 2003. Frank Buckley is a professor of law at George Mason University. He has a theory about how laughter works. Pope John the XXIII dies and goes to paradise. Or, at least he gets to the gates of paradise. Who are you? I’m Pope John the XXIII.

Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He is a frequent media guest and has appeared on Morning Joe, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Newsmax, Radio France, the CBC, NPR, and many others

Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He is a frequent media guest and has appeared on Morning Joe, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Newsmax, Radio France, the CBC, NPR, and many others.

This book bridges the gap between law and economics by confronting normative values that economists too often deem the preserve of moral philosophers

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“Bravo! I’ll say nothing funny about it, for it is asuperior piece of work.”—P. J. O’Rourke“F. H. Buckley’s The Morality of Laughter is at oncea humorous look at serious matters and a seriousbook about humor.”—Crisis Magazine“Buckley has written a . ne and funny book that willbe read with pleasure and instruction.”—First Things“. . . written elegantly and often wittily. . . .”—National Post“. . . a fascinating philosophical exposition oflaughter. . . .”—National Review“. . . at once a wise and highly amusing book.”—Wall Street Journal Online“. . . a useful reminder that a cheery society is ahealthy one.”—Weekly Standard
Comments: (3)
Bearus
My book club of 12 bright, well-read people -- who have on occasion forged their way through some pretty obscure ideas and dense prose -- found this book so off-putting to read that the point of the book got lost in the effort. We agreed that there were some interesting ideas in the book, but it just wasn't worth the effort to uncover them. Where, oh where, was the editor?
Uaoteowi
I heard about this book during a radio news "extra" program. The interview with the author was intriguing as was the title of the book. I was quite disappointed. The book does not read easily and evoked memories of college text books.
Yozshunris
Everyone likes a good laugh. It used to be thought that laughing was one of the things that separated us from other primates, but it has been shown that chimps and other cousins have laughter; this only means that laughter is even more intimately associated with our inner life than we had previously supposed. But human laughter is not simply a physiological response to an amusing situation or to delight. According to F. H. Buckley, in _The Morality of Laughter_ (University of Michigan Press), laughter is a civilizing force, and if you laugh, you are a moralizing agent shaping your social environment. Buckley is a lawyer, and while he may be an academic, he is not a professional philosopher. He admits that laughter has been frowned upon as a subject for academic and philosophical investigation; laughter is just too lightweight. However, his entertaining volume, which includes its share of jokes and is wittily, if densely, written, demonstrates that there may be more to laughing than is usually thought, and that the subject has been worth his serious attention.
We often laugh at something surprising, at a story that turns out in a way we were not expecting; we find the incongruous funny. Buckley demonstrates, however, that though such incongruities may spark laughter, there is a tripartite social arrangement going on between a jester, his audience, and the butt of the joke. The wit proposes a joke. The listener laughs or not. Laughter indicates a social tie consented to by the listener, a solidarity with the jester in laughing at the butt. The laughter is judgmental. The jester has proclaimed his superiority over the butt, and the listener who laughs agrees. "There is no laughter without a butt, and no butt without a message about a risible inferiority." The laughter shared between the joker and the listener promotes trust between them. We are far more likely to laugh aloud when seeing a play in a theater to spread this communal trust than we are when reading the script at home. Buckley gives counterexamples of such jokes as puns, which may seem not to have a butt (but sometimes do); but there are so many examples of pointed jokes given here that the overall pattern is clear. For instance, when George IV was told by a courtier, "It is my duty to inform Your Majesty that your greatest enemy is dead," the courtier intended to give the news of the death of Napoleon; but the king replied, "Is she, by God," indicating his disdain for Queen Caroline. Buckley shows that laughter may correct behavior, directing it toward moderate norms.
A delight in reading this volume is that Buckley is extremely widely read, and can, with seeming effortlessness, draw upon Graham Greene, Aristotle, Moliere, Hobbes, Bergson, and many others. His erudition does not keep the book from being lively. Laughter goes with joy, and as Buckley says, "... of all things, the ability to find joy in life is our chief earthly good." In a volume filled with widespread intellectual thrusts and asides, he has provided much to think about, as well as directly delivering plenty of his very subject matter.