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AuthorDziemidok, Bohdan. author
TitleThe Comical [electronic resource] : A Philosophical Analysis / by Bohdan Dziemidok
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1993
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Descript X, 211 p. online resource


The problem of the comical is one of the most interesting issues in aesthetics. Its significance extends well beyond the sphere of aesthetic studies and has atยญ tracted the attention of the scholars working in other fields such as the theorists and historians of particular art forms, sociologists, psychologists, as well as anthropologists, ethnographers and the theorists of education. Philosophy has devoted a lot of attention to the comical. Since Aristotle alยญ most every philosopher has felt obliged to comment on this question. However, even though they have offered a number of accurate observations on the subject, the philosophers involved in the discussion about the comical have earned a reputation of being rather devoid of the sense of the comical and many a time their considerations have been compared to those of a blind man talking about colours. And yet the problem of the comical kept attracting them to such an exยญ tent that they paid no heed to the difficulties involved and neglected the risk of becoming ridiculous themselves. Adolf Zeissing once remarked that all the literaยญ ture on the comical is a "comedy of errors" committed while defining the comiยญ cal. Yet even he could not resist the temptation of adding another page to this "comedy of errors". Tadeusz Boy-Zeleriski claimed that the good thing about the philosophical writing concerning the comical is that it offers not only the theory of the comical but at the same time is the theory's practical application


I Defining the Comical -- The Theory of a Negative Feature and of the Superiority of the Subject of the Comical -- The Theory of Degradation -- The Theory of Contrast -- The Theory of Incongruity -- The Theory of Deviation from a Norm -- The Theories of Mixed Motifs -- A Defence of the Relationist Version of the Deviation Theory -- Notes to Part I -- II Forms of the Comical -- Major Ways of Evoking the Comical -- Main Forms of the Comical -- Notes to Part II -- III Social Significance of the Comical -- Cognitive Functions of the Comical -- The Role of Jest and Derision in Primitive Cultures -- The Comical as a Source of Psychic Hygiene: Entertainment and Therapy -- Laughter: A Social Weapon -- Notes to Part III

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