Laughing Matters: But how?

Democritus, “the laughing philosopher”

What provokes us to laugh? Aristotle dropped some hints about laughter and comedy in what remains of his Poetics, but the account of Comic Drama from Book II has been lost. Others have taken up the cause since, so there is a lengthy history of speculation about why human beings laugh and what we find laughable. These accounts reveal a great deal about us. As a result, theories of laughter are as diverse as theories about human nature. Alexander Lee explains.

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