Ideas from 'Laughter' by Roger Scruton [1982], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Aesthetic Understanding' by Scruton,Roger [Methuen 1983,0-416-36160-9]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 8. Humour
Objects of amusement do not have to be real
The central object of amusement is the human
Since only men laugh, it seems to be an attribute of reason
Amusement rests on superiority, or relief, or incongruity
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 6. Rationality
Only rational beings are attentive without motive or concern