The comic political condition: Agnes Heller's philosophy of laughter and liberty

Murphy, Peter (2018) The comic political condition: Agnes Heller's philosophy of laughter and liberty. In: Rundell, John, and Pickle, Jonathan, (eds.) Critical Theories and the Budapest School: politics, culture, modernity. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 239-261.

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Ágnes Heller’s Immortal Comedy (2005) is likely the greatest book written on the philosophy of comedy. It is certainly a work of exceptional lucidity, economy, and insight. It is built on the forty-odd books and collections that Heller produced in the fifty years that preceded its publication.1 In it, there are hints of most of the key elements in Heller’s vast philosophical universe: the Stoic-Epicurean philosophy discussed in Renaissance Man (1967), the theory of personality from Everyday Life (1970), the theory of rationality developed in The Power of Shame (1985), the back and forth at Kant’s philosophical dinner table in A Philosophy of History in Fragments (1993), the Kierkegaardian undertow of An Ethics of Personality (1996), the volte-face interpretation of modernity that appears in A Theory of Modernity (1999), and the Shakespearean philosophy of history from The Time Is Out of Joint (2002).

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-315-47245-4
Keywords: comedy; comic; philosophy; critical theory
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