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  1. Comic relief: a comprehensive philosophy of humor.John Morreall - 2009 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial, irrational, and foolish Argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy Includes a foreword by Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.
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    Taking Laughter Seriously.John Morreall - 1983 - State University of New York Press.
    "The book's qualities are, first, its scope and persuasiveness. The whole book demonstrates the seriousness of humor and its central place in human life. I know of no comparable work.
  3. The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor.John Morreall (ed.) - 1986 - State University of New York Press.
    This book assesses the adequacy of the traditional theories of laughter and humor, suggests revised theories, and explores such areas as the aesthetics and ethics of humor, and the relation of amusement to other mental states. Theories of laughter and humor originated in ancient times with the view that laughter is an expression of feelings of superiority over another person. This superiority theory was held by Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes. Another aspect of laughter, noted by Aristotle and Cicero and neglected (...)
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  4. The Justifiability of Violent Civil Disobedience.John Morreall - 1976 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):35 - 47.
    In most discussions of civil disobedience, certain characteristics are offered as essential to an act of justifiable civil disobedience, or sometimes to any act of civil disobedience. Among these one of the most frequently mentioned is nonviolence. Some thinkers, like Bedau and Wasserstrom, require an act to be nonviolent before they will even count it as an act of civil disobedience; the very concept for them includes the notion of nonviolence. Others, like Stuart Brown, Rex Martin and Michael Bayles, admit (...)
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  5. Enjoying Negative Emotions in Fictions.John Morreall - 1985 - Philosophy and Literature 9 (1):95-103.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Notes and Fragments ENJOYING NEGATIVE EMOTIONS IN FICTIONS by John Morreall There is a puzzle going back to Aristotle and Augustine that has sometimes been called the "paradox of tragedy": how is it that nonmasochistic, nonsadistic people are able to enjoy watching or reading about fictional situations which are filled with suffering? The problem here actually extends beyond tragedy to our enjoyment of horror films and other fictional depictions (...)
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  6. Fear without Belief.John Morreall - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (7):359-366.
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  7. A new theory of laughter.John Morreall - 1982 - Philosophical Studies 42 (2):243 - 254.
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    The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: An Ethics of Humor.John Morreall - 2020 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 58 (4):632-647.
    This article begins by reviewing the overwhelmingly negative assessment of laughter and humor in Western philosophy and in Christianity, arguing that that evaluation arises from a misclassification of amusement as a malicious emotion. It then sketches a play theory of humor in which humor is an activity pursued for pleasure which allows participants to violate linguistic and social norms, especially rules about sincerity. Once we understand humor as a kind of play, familiar ethical objections to jokes based on gender and (...)
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  9. Humor, Philosophy and Education.John Morreall - 2014 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (2):120-131.
    This article begins by examining the bad reputation humor traditionally had in philosophy and education. Two of the main charges against humor—that it is hostile and irresponsible—are linked to the Superiority Theory. That theory is critiqued and two other theories of laughter are presented—the Relief Theory and the Incongruity Theory. In the Relief Theory, laughter is a release of pent-up nervous energy. In the Incongruity Theory, humor is the enjoyment of something that violates ordinary mental patterns and expectations. The development (...)
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  10. The rejection of humor in western thought.John Morreall - 1989 - Philosophy East and West 39 (3):243-265.
    I examine three main objections to humor in western thought--That humor is hostile, That it is irrational, And that it is irresponsible. None of these, I show, Is a valid general objection to humor. I then explore some of the values of humor overlooked in western thought, Especially the way it gets us to see things in new ways and liberates us from practical concern. I contrast the western rejection of humor with the embracing of humor in zen, Showing the (...)
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  11. Humour and the conduct of politics.John Morreall - 2005 - In Sharon Lockyer & Michael Pickering (eds.), Beyond a Joke: The Limits of Humour. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 63--78.
     
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  12. Cuteness.John Morreall - 1991 - British Journal of Aesthetics 31 (1):39-47.
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  13. Hume's missing shade of blue.John Morreall - 1982 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 42 (3):407-415.
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    God as self-explanatory.John Morreall - 1980 - Philosophical Quarterly 30 (120):206-214.
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    That Mona Lisa Smile.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 69–89.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Humor as Aesthetic Experience Humor and Other Ways of Enjoying Cognitive Shifts: The Funny, Tragic, Grotesque, Macabre, Horrible, Bizarre, and Fantastic Tragedy vs. Comedy: Is Heavy Better than Light? Enough with the Jokes: Spontaneous vs. Prepared Humor.
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  16. The myth of the omniscient narrator.John Morreall - 1994 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 52 (4):429-435.
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    The aseity of God in st. Anselm.John Morreall - 1984 - Sophia 23 (3):35-44.
  18. The Justifiability of Violent Civil Disobedience.John Morreall - 1991 - In H. Bedau (ed.), Civil Disobedience in Focus. Routledge.
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    From Lucy to “I Love Lucy”.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 40–68.
    This chapter contains sections titled: What Was First Funny? The Basic Pattern in Humor: The Playful Enjoyment of a Cognitive Shift Is Expressed in Laughter The Worth of Mirth.
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    Having a Good Laugh.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 111–124.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Intellectual Virtues Fostered by Humor Moral Virtues Fostered by Humor Humor during the Holocaust.
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    The Contingency Of Cuteness: A REPLY TO SANDERS.John Morreall - 1993 - British Journal of Aesthetics 33 (3):283-285.
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    It’s a Funny Thing, Humor.John Morreall - 2020 - The Philosophy of Humor Yearbook 1 (1):33-48.
    This article reflects on the oddness of humor and laughter as human behaviors. It argues against classifying humorous amusement as an emotion by contrasting amusement with standard emotions. It then examines amusement as a kind of pleasure, specifically, the enjoyment of psychological shifts. It argues that humor evolved from mock-aggressive play in pre-human apes, with laughter serving as a play signal. Understanding humor as play not only helps explain laughter but also clarifies issues in the ethics of humor, such as (...)
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    The Emotions of Television.John Morreall - 1998 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):280-293.
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    The philosopher as teacher humor and philosophy.John Morreall - 1984 - Metaphilosophy 15 (3-4):305-317.
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    Aldrich and aesthetic perception.John S. Morreall - 1977 - British Journal of Aesthetics 17 (3):275-280.
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    Bibliography.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 160–178.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Humnor, Anarchy, and Aggression The Superiority Theory: Humor as Anti‐social The Incongruity Theory: Humor as Irrational The Relief Theory: Humor as a Pressure Valve The Minority Opinion of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas: Humor as Playful Relaxation The Relaxation Theory of Robert Latta.
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    Can Theological Language Have Hidden Meaning?John Morreall - 1983 - Religious Studies 19 (1):43 - 56.
    Any reflective account of theological language acknowledges very early that words drawn from our experience with creatures have special meanings when applied to God. Because God transcends the created world, we cannot take predicates which apply to creatures and apply them to God without modification. And the more transcendent God is understood to be, the more modified will our language taken from creatures have to be when it is used in theology. A primitive theism which thinks of God simply as (...)
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    Divine Simplicity and Divine Properties.John Morreall - 1978 - Journal of Critical Analysis 7 (2):67-70.
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    Fight or Flight – or Laughter.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 27–39.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Humor and Disengagement Humor as Play Laughter as a Play Signal.
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    Humor and Aesthetic Education.John Morreall - 1981 - The Journal of Aesthetic Education 15 (1):55.
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    Homo Sapiens and Homo Ridens.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 125–138.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Was Socrates the First Stand‐up Comedian? Humor and the Existentialists The Laughing Buddha.
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  32. James W. Forrester, Why You Should: The Pragmatics of Deontic Speech Reviewed by.John Morreall - 1990 - Philosophy in Review 10 (1):16-19.
     
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    Kitsch and Aesthetic Education.John Morreall - 1989 - The Journal of Aesthetic Education 23 (4):63.
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    Laughing at the Wrong Time.John Morreall - 2009-09-04 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Comic Relief. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 90–110.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Eight Traditional Moral Objections The Shortcomings in the Contemporary Ethics of Humor A More Comprehensive Approach: The Ethics of Disengagement First Harmful Effect: Irresponsibility Second Harmful Effect: Blocking Compassion Third Harmful Effect: Promoting Prejudice.
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    Laughter, Suddenness, and Pleasure.John Morreall - 1984 - Dialogue 23 (4):689-694.
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    Music and Aesthetics in the Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth Centuries.John Morreall - 1984 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 30:328-329.
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    My Body, My Memory and Me.John Morreall - 1981 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 28:221-228.
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    My Body, My Memory and Me.John Morreall - 1981 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 28:221-228.
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  39. Of Marsupials and Men: Thought Experiment on Abortion.John Morreall - 1981 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 16 (37):7.
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    Persons.John Morreall - 1981 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 28:414-416.
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    Perfect Happiness and the Resurrection of the Body.John Morreall - 1980 - Religious Studies 16 (1):29 - 35.
    Although not a great deal has been said about heaven in the Christian tradition, it is part of the traditional notion of heaven that the blessed are in a condition of perfect happiness. In this life we can be happy to a certain degree, but mixed with earthly happiness is disappointment, frustration, and even sorrow. In heaven, by contrast, there is no sadness, nothing is lacking, happiness is complete. The usual way of explaining this perfect happiness is in terms of (...)
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    Penelhum’s Replica Objection.John S. Morreall - 1976 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 25:86-102.
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    Penelhum’s Replica Objection.John S. Morreall - 1976 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 25:86-102.
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    Penelhum’s Replica Objection.John S. Morreall - 1976 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 25:86-102.
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    Realism and Reason.John Morreall - 1986 - Philosophical Studies 31:338-343.
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  46. Richard A. Watson, The Philosopher's Joke Reviewed by.John Morreall - 1991 - Philosophy in Review 11 (5):312-314.
     
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  47. Ronald Englefield, Critique of Pure Verbiage Reviewed by.John Morreall - 1991 - Philosophy in Review 11 (5):312-314.
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    Richard Kuhns, Tragedy: Contradiction and Repression.John Morreall - 1993 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51 (3):521-524.
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    Review section.John Morreall & Iris Marion Young - 1985 - Human Studies 8 (4):393-401.
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    Reason, Truth and History.John Morreall - 1984 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 30:388-390.
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