PHIL 6450

PHIL 6450

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

This course will be about the surprising and complicated ways that morality and humor bear on one another. The focus will be on interpersonal humor (banter, teasing, mockery, leg-pulling, etc.) that raises serious moral questions, as it may well involve deception, cruelty, or stereotyping. Humor can hurt, exclude, and divide. Considering its occasional immorality, should we continue to engage in it? This is, surprisingly, a new area of exploration. We will explore literature that can help us to start thinking about the topic on our own, literature that is at least in the general vicinity (what literature on humor there is is just about jokes). It comes from a variety of disciplines, including aesthetics, psychology, metaethics, linguistics, emotion theory, and normative ethics.

When Offered Fall or Spring.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19722 PHIL 6450   SEM 101

    • R Morrill Hall 102
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Shoemaker, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person