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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 10, 2010

Phenomenology and Psychology

Rolf Kühn
Pages 359-383
DOI: 10.7761/SP.10.359

Bergson und die Phänomenologie des Lachens

Ever since antiquity, philosophy has continuously striven to grasp the phenomenon of humor and laughter, while, in modern times, Bergson certainly holds a special place,\ with his interpretation of laughter, and particularly “humor”, as a form of social sanction. However, such an analysis neglects the fact that the ability to laugh is actually grounded in a primordial sphere of life-affection as such, so that, starting from here, we could understand laughter, in connection with the radical-phenomenological essence of life itself, as being essentially joy.