By (author) Simon Critchley
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On Humour by Simon Critchley
Book DescriptionDoes humour make us human, or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us? On Humour is a fascinating, beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human. Simon Critchley 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 death with comedy and why we think it's funny when people act like machines. He also looks at the darker 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415251204
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Critchley
Stone Reader, Hardback (February 2016)
A timeless volume to be read and treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy.
Notes on Suicide, Paperback (September 2015)
Through a sweeping historical overview of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a psychological analysis of himself, Simon Critchley offers us an insight into what it means to possess the all too human gift and curse of being of being able to choose life or death.
Problem with Levinas, Hardback (July 2015)» View all books by Simon Critchley
Levinas's idea of ethics as a relation of responsibility to others has become highly influential. Simon Critchley proposes a dramatic new way of reading Levinas's work, and provides a less familiar, more troubling, account of it. He argues that Levinas's fundamental problem was the attempt to escape the tragic fatality of Heidegger's philosophy.
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Author Biography - Simon Critchley
Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy and Director for the Centre of Theoretical Studies at the University of Essex. He is the author of Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity (1999) and Very LittleAlmost Nothing (Routledge, 1997). His most recent book is Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2001).
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