The Philosophy of Humor: What makes Something Funny

1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology (2022)
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Abstract

People can laugh at almost anything. What’s the deal with that? What makes something funny? This essay reviews some theories of what it is for something to be funny. Each theory offers insights into this question, but no single approach provides a comprehensive answer.

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Chris A. Kramer
Santa Barbara City College

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