PHIL 4450: Special Topics:
Philosophy of Humor

Student Materials

Syllabus

First Paper

Second Paper

1. Course Introduction

THEORIES OF HUMOR

2. “The Superiority Theory” by John Morreal (PDF)

3. Philebus (selections) by Plato (PDF); and Poetics (selections) and Nicomachean Ethics (selections) by Aristotle (PDF)

4. “The Incongruity Theory” by John Morreal (PDF)

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7. “The Relief Theory” by John Morreal (PDF)

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13.Guest: Liz Sills

14.Guest: LeShane Lindsay

15.Film: The Last Laugh

16.Film: The Last Laugh

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18. Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict by Paul Lewis, pp. 1-21

19. Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict by Paul Lewis, 23-62

20. “Horror and Humor” by Noël Carroll (PDF)

21. Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict by Paul Lewis, pp. 63-107

22. Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict by Paul Lewis, pp. 109-154

23. Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict by Paul Lewis, pp. 155-209

24. Videos: “Stephen Colbert — White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner” (C-SPAN) and “Michelle Wolf COMPLETE REMARKS at 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN)” (YouTube)

TO BE DETERMINED

25. TBD

26. TBD

REVISITING INCONGRUITY

27. “Humor and Incongruity” by John Marmysz (PDF)

28. “Humor as a Response to Nihilism” by John Marmysz (PDF)

© Douglas Ficek 2018