Summary On Humour Thinking in Action E-pub By Simon Critchley – PDF & DOC
Sense represents the behavior or higher mental ability they have strangely acuired or pretend to have Their body being that of an animal or a child to have Their body being that of an animal or a child be understood as their actual life the reality that they face and are in enial of Critchley only sees the surface of this relation not what is going on at the heart of it nor why it is humorous or comicalThose in any case are the ideas through which humor arises for its own sake and as the riving force or substance of social conversation a competency in mirth which it seems truly fortunate to possess Persons who ridicule either themselves or others are still at least using the same image when they create humor abstractlyThe mismatching of a soul and body then is a central image
That Is Found In Humor And Comedy is found in humor and comedy calls for an explanation or reason for its effect The simplest and most convincing reason is that this ridiculous object like all others represents iminutive selfish self eception And the humor response is just a mental vicarious imitation of #That Mad ConditionThe Fact That #mad conditionThe fact that soul mismatched with its human body evokes elusion explains why it is a non serious and comical image And when Critchley focuses on the inner experience of fracturing he takes us in a serious The Gulag Handbook direction Mental fracturing is not uniue to the comic This particular sort ofesire since it is abstract and eriving from phenomenology belongs to tragedy than to comedy Although the image of the thing as human is comical the striving for integration that it might evoke is a tragic nisus or effort not a comic or humorous oneMany have written for example Alenka Zupancic about how all serious things are at all times vulnerable to humor though we never find them to be inherently or objectively ridiculous So for Zupancic as well as Critchley it oes look as though all people and figuratively even things seek to preserve themselves from the fracturing that leads to their being seen as ridiculous or to their breaking into laughter But because this larger category applies to all things and not merely minds it oes not support Critchley s thesis at allThe image of the human as ivided between soul and body is funny just because it is an image of June Fourth Elegies delusion or selfish selfeception It is impossible that there is any other reason The human is thus seen as a thing or animal that aspires to the human Just as in the Sartrean Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes dictum that man is theesire to be God so we should say though it is not literally true that The Confabulist dog is theesire to be man But all mere things appear as signs of the Der Illusionist desire to be man to be sentient or conscious things of which a powerful human type is exemplary than a weaker oneI have confronted Critchley in person on the uestion why heoesn t want to see these images in this simple sense of Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue delusion or petty ambition and he has given no reason why heoesn t want to see it that way One might write a book now about how unobjective and irrational our academic culture has become Perhaps it would have even further positive effects than improving this issue of humor theoryWell have it your way for now Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, don t entertain ideas and truth but promote what is worthwhile in individualityifference and contingency But if public opinion turns around then philosophy might follow suit by adopting a honest position about emotion and human nature A bit pretentious sounding through use of name of person who created idea ian ism and strange vocab like bathetic that and it is basically a plagiarism of John Allen Paulos s Mathematics and HumorDespite that it is still a well written clever and challenging book on a subject that is hard to write aboutvery insightful and well worth the effort A joke explained is a joke misunderstood 2Credits Morreall with three theories superiority relief and incongruity 2Both brevity and speed are the soul of wit 6It is this link to the body that was the reason for the Christian condemnation of laughter in the early Middle Ages its careful codification in the later middle Ages before the explosion of laughter in the early Renaissance in the work of Rabelais and Erasmus 9A true joke a comedian s joke suddenly and explosively lets us see the familiar Ask the Past defamiliarized the ordinary made extraordinary and the real S funny when people act like machines He also looks at thearker side of humour as rife in sexism and racism and argues that it is important for reminding us of people we would rather not be.
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One could say it is admirable to undertake a bit *Of A Run At Humor In The End There *a philosophical run at in the end there not much new to think about here it s pretty clear that good master simon and i share attitudes towards humor but the reassurance wasn t necessarily worth the hundred pages or so there are a couple moments of concision a rarity for anyone admittedly engrossed in philosophy that are nice potentially useful for a future statement or something i guess i Riding Class (Saddle Club, don t want toog it but reall From antiuity to modernity Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, drawing on the work of a vast array of authors eg Jonathan Swift Laurence Sterne Anthony Earl of Shaftsbury liberty loves humour Henri Bergson the mechanization of humans Beckett risus purus and Freud the mellowing of the superego This book turns the comical insight out to revealelectable insights about what we find funny eg feelings of superiority hydraulic psychological relief the felt incongruity of what we know or expect and what actually takes place Critchley reveals the humanity of humour in being able to laugh at himelf and finding oneself ridiculous Humour is a great anti Different Class depressant thatoes not lead one to escape reality but to face up to it intensely but not with certain lightness ContentThis is a fine read for what it sets out to Short Stories by Roald Dahl do Lately I veiscovered the intentional fallacy the idea that a work or thing is not adeuately judged on
the basis of what it oes on an absolute basis but on the basis of what it intendsbasis of what it oes on an absolute basis but on the basis of what it intends o making its success a function of its aim not its success This fallacy underscores the importance in criticism to weigh a work apart from what the author intended what resulted from that intention or what I would have one given the project The work must be valued apart from all intent to impart valueThat said I wish this survey would have gone on longer There are many ideas that are hinted at but not Socialist Realism developed to a fullegree The advantage of this is a broad easily accessible philosophical I Look Up To... Michelle Obama discussion of humor humour for this Brit suitable as a gateway into further study of the subject Freud is cited than I expected he would be but he s uite helpful as far as this goes and is much of a catholic thinker than I realized before reading this book His opus Interpretation of Dreams almost titled Psychological Ejaculations endured a lifetime of elongation and revision whereas his work on humor received no postpublishing attention from Editor Sigmund This is to say that it presents a highly unified tone and focused thesis unlike IoD In addition to Fond er Freud Critchley cites Nietzsche Wittgenstein Marx of the Brothers variety and each chapter starts with amusingrawings of animals and humans with those animals featuresPersonal ReflectionOne of his central ideas is that we have primarily humor as a means of therapy to uell the Doctor Extraño despair of human life in a super ego 20 the not Oedipal kind but a helpful reflective I suppose to a hopeless notisparagingly but as a esignation of one who has no resurrection hope secular humanist this is a logical conclusion so I can t fault the logical outcome of one s presuppositions but I on t agree with them either To Never Tell define humor as Critchleyoes as certainly not the buffonic back slapping Rabelaisian guffaw of the carnivalesue but rather the modesty of the chuckle or the humble smirk is to put it in a place below the hysterical in a reflective category one that really is a function of what one believes to be true of the world The humor of heaven takes a Feminism is for Everybody different texture but in a way that is expansive to his notion of how we use humor to help us understand pain frustration powerlessness and a final inability to know others fully let alone ourselvesThe expansion of a heavenly wit adds the possibility of redemption the idea that as bad or even simply incongruous things may seem someday they will be brought back from estranged status into their own true ubiuity Though we may use a kind of other as the basis for humor now I excitedly anticipate Christ s eschatological remaking of the world and the humor that will arise in a rightly ordered ordo amoris Laughter at oneself is better than laughter at others Get ridiculous wiser wittier and comforting Wish this guy was even somewhat readable A Does humour make us human oro the cats and ogs laugh along with us On Humour is a fascinating beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human Simon Critchle. .
Ood introduction to humor studies but spends perhaps a bit too much of its short span only around 110 pages talking about Freud and not eveloping many of the other fascinating ideas it introduces I enjoyed Critchley s writing though found elements self contradictory his morally righteous attempt to eliminate targeted subjects in humour completely goes against his need for one to take on the roles of the absurd and the subordinate in the case of expectation subversion and societal introspection respectively Otherwise an enjoyable read He makes the igestion of comedy theory uite easy in this light hearted but thorough Critchley s analysis of humor is mostly in error though it points toward the true theory of humor that I presented in 2011 having "BEGUN TO DEVELOP IT IN 2008 "to evelop it in 2008 Hunters Heart does he point in the rightirection While he focuses on the fictional notion of objects or animals bestowed humanity this happens to be a key image of Menneskefluene (K2 diminutiveeception of superiority Rather than for the reasons Critchley gives we find the animal as human funny for the simpler reason that it represents a kind of small scale ambition the Nazi Gold desire to be manHow anyone caneny a principle like that and prefer the threadbare alternatives objectively is beyond me Is it worth it to reject something so ingenious and original as that all to support the inferior status uo Surely you can understand an argument as simple as this so if you Mr Majeika and the School Inspector don t agree or fail to act you areelinuent By flouting the rule of reason you refuse to grow up You are being asked repeatedly to respect truth like a rebellious twelve year oldThe Selected Poems desire to be man in beings that are non human is not literal of course but only figurative And the less than human is a sign referring to typeifferences among actual humansBut what is signified in that case is real And wherever there is any kind of ambition which is comical if it is small there s self eception All humor and comedy either constitute or represent this idea But the aspiration in the thing as human is an elementary fact of experience and the explanation is original to me I point to that originality not in my own interest but to indicate a remarkable eficiency in psychology and philosophy This book Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 does gesture at this truth about power advancement as expressed in such juxtapositions never yet explicitly acknowledged by the human race Yet otherwise the book is not of much value Worse perhaps Critchley might also have made a better interpretation of what he presents as the opposite of thing becoming human For when mentioning man becoming animal heoes not tell us that this transformation is epitomized in the punishment of mortals in Ovid s Metamorphoses In other words he misses the strong possibility that this reversed transformation is tragic or at least mythological than comicAll of Critchley s analysis of humor then continually returns to the image of the human as ivided between soul and body as a sign that the mind oes not belong to the body and is too great for it Critchley thinks that all humor alludes to this image of the human as a thinking animal
thinking inert object that point he is correct Humor oes indeed always allude to this image to one egree or another He is right to note a break or No Reason To Die discrepancy that makes any less than human thing endowed with consciousness look ridiculous for that endowmentBut the error is to claim that ourisposition or response of amusement consists in recognizing the futility of the effort to close this gap between soul and body To say as Critchley oes that our sense of humor makes use of that undeniably humorous image in such an overly complex way is really a jest masuerading as analysis For it is somewhat witty that the explanation of humor would be made even ineffectively pedantic than it naturally is And it is an idea in which Critchley is influenced by Freud who thought that the explosive moment of getting humor and of laughing itself were signs of iscovered futility It Raking The Ashes did not work well with Freud whoid not publish a single correct explanation of a complex joke even superficiallyCritchley seems to agree that we see a ridiculous person as being mismatched as to soul and body Their soul in this. Y skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour such as our tendency to laugh at animals and our bodies why we mock Ellie (Ellie, death with comedy and why we think it'.Or Thinking Inert Object