I think Bergson sees this human quality with his observation. In addition, when we make fun of somebody for one of his vices, it is because the individual is unaware of his own vice while we are aware of it.
Our laughter is often the laughter of a group. He specifies that his method does not contradict the results of the other one, but he assumes that it is more rigorous from a scientific point of view.
In a foreword published inbut suppressed inBergson explains that through the three articles, he wanted to study laughterespecially the laughter caused by the comic, and to determine the principal categories of comic situations, to determine the laws of the comic.
However, the comic is not only based upon unusual situations, but also upon characters and individuals. Our excuse for attacking the problem in our turn must lie in the fact that we shall not aim at imprisoning the comic spirit within a definition.
And here is the third fact to which attention should be drawn. An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, found here.
But humans are funny when they are least human. Thus laughter forces people to be better and to suppress their vices, because laughter makes them be conscious of them. Man is not only a being that can laugh, but also a being that is a source of laughter.
What method of distillation will yield us invariably the same essence from which so many different products borrow either their obtrusive odour or their delicate perfume?
Playing to the Audience The connection among actors and spectators has been of perennial curiosity to playwrights. I do not mean that we could not laugh at a person who inspires us with pity, for instance, or even with affection, but in such a case we must, for the moment, put our affection out of court and impose silence upon our pity.
Humans tend to laugh when they see the effect of a machine within the human body. How, indeed, should it come about that this particular logical relation, as soon as it is perceived, contracts, expands and shakes our limbs, whilst all other relations leave the body unaffected?
It is not from this point of view that we shall approach the problem. To define comic in comparison to its contrary, we should oppose it to grace instead of beauty. Tripping, then, is symbolic of all things that are less than human.
This was anything but boring, though.Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic Henri Bergson, Fred Rothwell Snippet view - Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic Henri Bergson No preview available - Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic Henri Bergson No preview available - Preface.
Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic By Henri Bergson, member of the Institute Professor at the College de France Authorised Translation by Cloudesley Brereton L. es L. (Paris), M.A. (Cantab) and Fred Rothwell b.a.
Apr 04, · I have begun reading Henri Bergson’s Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, found here. This is the first post in a series exploring this text. This is the first post in a series exploring this text.
laughter · henri bergson p. 2a laughter · henri bergson p. 2b laughter an essay on the meaning of the comic by henri bergson member of the institute professor at the college de france authorised translation. What does laughter mean? What common ground can we find between the grimace of a merry-andrew, a play upon words, an equivocal situation in a burlesque and a scene of high comedy?
What method of distillation will yield us invariably the same essence from which so many different products borrow either their obtrusive odour or their delicate. Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
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