The Philosophy of Humor: What Makes Something Funny?

A banana peel.

Author: Chris A. Kramer Category: Historical Philosophy, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Ethics Word Count: 995 People can laugh at almost anything. What’s the deal with that? What makes something funny? This essay reviews some theories of what it is for something to be funny. Each theory offers insights into this question, … Continue reading The Philosophy of Humor: What Makes Something Funny?

Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire

Cook Ding Cuts Up an Ox

Author: Henrique Schneider Categories: Chinese Philosophy, Historical Philosophy Word Count: 997 Wu-wei (無爲, wúwéi) is a central concept in early Chinese philosophy. However, different schools of thought conceptualized the notion differently, so it is difficult to briefly capture its multiple senses and uses. Our focus here will be on one sense of wu-wei in the … Continue reading Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire

Aesthetics vs. Art

Author: Brock Rough Category: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Word Count: 1000 1. The Distinction While some people take the field of aesthetics, broadly construed, to include the philosophy of art, it is instructive to examine whether and where the two notions diverge. Recognizing the distinction between the appropriate scopes of these concepts is important because there … Continue reading Aesthetics vs. Art