Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience / Edition 1

Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience / Edition 1

by Peter L. Berger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 3110155621

ISBN-13: 9783110155624

Pub. Date: 08/22/1997

Publisher: De Gruyter

The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social Construction of Reality, Berger unfolds in Redeeming Laughter a new perspective on a classic domain. Berger's comic terrain is at

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The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social Construction of Reality, Berger unfolds in Redeeming Laughter a new perspective on a classic domain. Berger's comic terrain is at once noble and amusing, the terrain of Erasmus and Swift. Like his predecessors', Berger's writing in these pages is bolstered with exemplary learning and wry observation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110155624
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
08/22/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prefatory Remarks, Self-Serving Explanations, and Unsolicited Compliments xiii

Prologue xvii

Part I Anatomy of the Comic

1 The Comic Intrusion 3

2 Philosophers of the Comic, and the Comedy of Philosophy 15

3 Laughing Monks: A Very Brief Sinitic Interlude 37

4 Homo Ridens: Physiology and Psychology 42

5 Homo Ridiculus: Social Constructions of the Comic 61

6 Interlude: Brief Reflections on Jewish Humor 82

Part II Comic Forms of Expression

7 The Comic as Diversion: Benign Humor 93

8 The Comic as Consolation: Tragicomedy 110

9 The Comic as Game of Intellect: Wit 126

10 The Comic as Weapon: Satire 146

11 Interlude: The Eternal Return of Folly 162

Part III Toward a Theology of the Comic

12 The Folly of Redemption 173

13 Interlude: On Grim Theologians 183

14 The Comic as a Signal of Transcendence 190

Epilogue 201

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