Chapter 7. Homo Sapiens and Homo Ridens

Philosophy and Comedy

  1. John Morreall

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307795.ch7

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

How to Cite

Morreall, J. (2009) Homo Sapiens and Homo Ridens, in Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307795.ch7

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

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Keywords:

  • Homo Sapiens and Homo Ridens - philosophy and comedy;
  • stand-up comedy - having eight similarities to philosophy;
  • stand-up comedy and philosophy - reflections on everyday experiences;
  • comedians and philosophers - being detached from those very experiences;
  • searching out new perspectives, surprising thoughts and cognitive shifts;
  • comics and philosophers and thinking critically - honesty, rejecting rationalization and lazy conformism;
  • comedians and philosophers - not deferring to authority and tradition;
  • Comedy and Philosophy - working against natural human predisposition to indoctrination;
  • humor and the existentialists;
  • humor challenging philosophies - Eastern traditions, using humor in pursuit of mental liberation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Was Socrates the First Stand-up Comedian?

  • Humor and the Existentialists

  • The Laughing Buddha