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The subversive power of laughter: Plato and Aristotle on humour

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Plato explicitly theorises about laughter in three dialogues: Republic (388a-389a, 605c-607a); Philebus (47e-50b); and Laws (816d-817a, 935a-936a). Although it is not possible to construct an overarching Platonic “theory” of laughter, this thesis argues, based on Platonic moral psychology and epistemology, that Plato is preoccupied with the subversive potential of laughter in the soul and state (subversive laughter) while also allowing for a socially and ethically positive form of laughter (p...

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Philosophy Faculty
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