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Absurdity, Incongruity and Laughter

  • Bob Plant (a1)
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In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus recommends scornful defiance in the face of our absurd, meaningless existence. Although Nagel agrees that human life possesses an absurd dimension, he objects to Camus’ existentialist ‘dramatics’. For Nagel, absurdity arises from the irreducible tension between our subjective and objective perspectives on life. In this paper I do two things: (i) critically reconstruct Camus’ and Nagel's positions, and (ii) develop Nagel's critique of Camus in order to argue that humour is an appropriate response to absurdity.

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Bob Plant , ‘The Confessing Animal in Foucault and Wittgenstein’, Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 34, No. 4 (December 2006), 543ff

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen , ‘The Laughter of Being’, MLN, Vol. 102, No. 4 (September 1987), 748

John Lippitt , ‘Nietzsche, Zarathustra and the Status of Laughter’, British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 32, No. 1 (January 1992

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Philosophy
  • ISSN: 0031-8191
  • EISSN: 1469-817X
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