Social Philosophy Today 17:103-123 (2001)

Abstract
Theories of humor tend to neglect the role that humor plays in situations of conflict. This paper explores epistemological and political dimensions of humor as it is used by members of disenfranchised and otherwise marginalized groups. Not only can this kind of humor I call "oppositional" aid members of oppressed groups in preparing for conflict; it can also help people's beliefs shift in politically significant ways. Although I think the use of oppositional humor can be very constructive both politically and epistemologically indealing with conflict, I am skeptical about the use of oppositional humor in situations of direct conflict resolution. Nevertheless, I suggest that a type of humor called banter can be productively engaged in by the relatively disempowered when certain parameters are drawn
Keywords Conference Proceedings  Social and Political Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1543-4044
DOI 10.5840/socphiltoday20011712
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,079
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Philosophy of Humor.Joshua Shaw - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (2):112-126.
Can We Be Funny? The Social Responsibility of Political Humor.Jason T. Peifer - 2012 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 27 (4):263-276.
Exploring the Relationship Between Humor and Aesthetic Experience. Gordon - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 46 (1):111-121.
Humor.Aaron Smuts - 2006 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Belief and the Basis of Humor.Niall Shanks & Hugh LaFollette - 1993 - American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (4):329-39.
Humor, Dialectic, and Human Nature in Plato.Edward C. Halper - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (2):319-330.
Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor. [REVIEW]John Marmysz - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):305-308.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-12-02

Total views
43 ( #263,152 of 2,506,112 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,380 of 2,506,112 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes