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Author Baofu, Peter.

Title The Future of Post-Human Humor : A Preface to a New Theory of Joking and Laughing / Peter Baofu
Published Cambridge : Cambridge International Science Pub., 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 440 pages)
Contents ""CONTENTS""; ""Part One: Introduction""; ""Part Two: Joking""; ""Part Three: Laughing""; ""Part Four: Conclusion""; ""TABLES""; ""FOREWORD""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""ABBREVIATIONS""; ""PART ONE • Introduction""; ""CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION � THE FUN OF HUMOR""; ""Humor to Be, or ot to Be, a Frog Can""; ""Humor in Relation to Joking and Laughing""; ""Joking""; ""Laughing""; ""The Theoretical Debate""; ""The Mental Argument""; ""The Natural Argument""; ""The Societal Argument""; ""The Cultural Argument""; ""The Metamorphic Argument""; ""The Metamorphic Theory of Humor""
""Detailed Analysis versus Overall Synthesis""""Two Distinctive Features of Using Quotations""; ""The Use of Neologisms""; ""PART TWO • Joking""; ""CHAPTER 2. JOKING AND ITS DOUBLE FACES""; ""The Benignity of Joking""; ""Joking and the Mind""; ""Joking, the Mind, and the Psychology of Jokes""; ""Joking, Black Comedy, and the Question about Human Nature""; ""Joking and Nature""; ""Joking, IFF, and the Controversy about Evolution""; ""Joking and Society""; ""Joking, and the Politics of Satire""; ""Joking, Race/Ethnic Humor, and the Power Equation""; ""Joking and Culture""
""Joking, Flatulence Humor, and the Culture of Shifting Blame""""The Techniques of Joking, and the Cultural Factor""; ""The Malignity of Joking""; ""PART THREE • Laughing""; ""CHAPTER 3. LAUGHING AND ITS DUAL FACETS""; ""The Joy of Laughing""; ""Laughing and the Mind""; ""Laughing, Health, and the Dark Sides""; ""Laughing, Therapy, and the Debate in Gelotology""; ""Laughing and Nature""; ""Laughing, Animals, and the Contentious Comparison""; ""Laughing, Animals, and the Evolutionary Claim""; ""Laughing and Society""; ""Laughing, and the Dispute about Social Functions""
""Laughing and Culture""""Laughing, Writers, and the Role of Intellectual Culture""; ""Laughing, Death, and the Coverage in Popular Culture""; ""The Sorrow of Laughing""; ""PART FOUR • Conclusion""; ""CHAPTER 4. CONCLUSION � THE FUTURE OF HUMOR""; ""Beyond Joking and Laughing""; ""1st Thesis: The Absoluteness-Relativeness Principle""; ""2nd Thesis: The Predictability-Unpredictability Principle""; ""3rd Thesis: The Explicability-Inexplicability Principle""; ""4th Thesis: The Preciseness-Vagueness Principle""; ""5th Thesis: The Simpleness-Complicatedness Principle""
""Theory and Meta-Theory""""The Classification of Theory and Meta-Theory""; ""A Unified Theory of Everything""; ""The Logic of Existential Dialectics""; ""The Conception of Existential Dialectics (or Its Ontics)""; ""The Syntax of Existential Dialectics (or Its Ontomethodology and Ontologic)""; ""The Semantics of Existential Dialectics (or Its Ontosemantics)""; ""The Pragmatics of Existential Dialectics (or Its Ontopragmatics)""; ""Sophisticated Methodological Holism""; ""Chapter Outline""; ""Some Clarifications""; ""In Conversation with My Previous Books""; ""Case Studies and Examples""
Summary Annotation Baofu discusses the future of humor, especially in the dialectic context of joking and laughing--while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them. He offers a new theory to go beyond the existing approaches in the literature on humor in a novel way
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-403) and index
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Subject Joking -- Philosophy.
Laughter -- Philosophy.
Wit and humor -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 190734327X (electronic bk.)
9781907343278 (electronic bk.)