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Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience

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The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social Construction of Reality, Berger unfolds in Redeeming Laughter a new perspective on a classic domain. Berger's comic terrain is at once ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published August 22nd 1997 by Walter de Gruyter (first published June 1997)
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Mar 20, 2010 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This looks like a winner. Just starting it, and chapter 1 (The Comic Intrusion) is already brilliant and thought-provoking. I think this is one we'd enjoy talking about. I'll try to comment as I work through it. Section and chapter titles are...

Part 1. Anatomy of the Comic
1. The Comic Intrusion
2. Philosophers of the Comic, and the Comedy of Philosophy
3. Laughing Monks: A Very Brief Sinitic Interlude
4. Homo Ridens: Physiology and Psychology
5. Homo Ridiculus: Social Constructions of the Comic
6. In
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Defintely not one of Berger's best, but an entertaining read anyway.
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Peter L. Berger is an internationally renowned sociologist, and the founder of Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. He was born in Vienna and came to the U.S. in his late teens. He has a master's degree and a doctorate from the New School for Social Research in New York. After two years in the United States Army, he taught at the University of Georgia and the Univ ...more
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