Chapter 6. Having a Good Laugh

The Positive Ethics of Humor

  1. John Morreall

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307795.ch6

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

How to Cite

Morreall, J. (2009) Having a Good Laugh, in Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307795.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2009

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes1 and
  2. Berys Gaut2

Series Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of British Columbia, USA

  2. 2

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196123

Online ISBN: 9781444307795



  • having a good laugh and positive ethics of humor;
  • disengagement in humor - being harmful and beneficial;
  • basic value of amusement - transcending narrowly focused, emotional responses to situations;
  • intellectual virtues fostered by humor;
  • egocentrism - form of amorality and immorality;
  • intellectual virtue fostered by humor - critical thinking;
  • value of humor blocking Groupthink and encouraging critical thinking;
  • moral virtues fostered by humor;
  • humor during the Holocaust;
  • humor and contributions to self-knowledge, integrity, and mental health


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Intellectual Virtues Fostered by Humor

  • Moral Virtues Fostered by Humor

  • Humor during the Holocaust