Berger vs. Critchley on Humor Comparison Essay by Nicky

Berger vs. Critchley on Humor
A comparative review of "Redeeming Laughter" by Peter Berger and "On Humour" by Simon Critchley.
# 144843 | 1,017 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines the study of humor by Peter Berger and Simon Critchley in their respective works, "Redeeming Laughter" and "On Humour". The paper highlights the critical findings of each author on humor, and focuses on the different perspectives utilized by each. The paper shows how Berger uses the socio-political perspective in studying the concept of humor, while Critchley uses physical anthropology as his basis of understanding its nature and dynamics.

From the Paper:

"Indeed, humor as a communicative intent has been researched through various perspectives, just to understand how people are able to create humor and react to it. Humor is a communication phenomenon that can be interpreted through different perspectives, and each perspective allows researchers to delve deeper into the nature and dynamics contained within this concept. The 'enigmatic' nature of humor as a form of communication is explored, in fact, by social and natural scientists alike. However, recent explorations into this communication phenomenon demonstrated a fusion of the biological roots and social dynamics surrounding humor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berger, P. (1997). Redeeming Laughter: the Comic Dimension of Human Experience. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Critchley, S. (2002). On Humour. Routledge.

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