Goldstein, Laurence (2009) Wittgenstein and Situation Comedy. Philosophia, 37 (4). pp. 605-627. ISSN 0048-3893.
I examine how context is a determinant of the content of a speaker’s utterance. My concern is, obviously, with utterances in situ, but what may not be quite so obvious is why it is particularly profitable to study comic utterances. What is distinctive about situation comedy is that one form of humour that it features springs from the influence of context (situation). Much situation comedy is crude, barely amusing and completely devoid of philosophical interest. However, there is one element of the best-written sitcoms, the study of which beautifully illustrates a deep problem for cognitive science, throws a flood of light on central themes in Wittgenstein’s late, and late late, philosophy and provides the key to the solution of a number of outstanding problems in the philosophy of language. These are the large claims defended in this essay.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Wittgenstein situation comedy Recanati humour humor context Tanney ellipsis subsitutivity ambiguity Kripke|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages|
|Depositing User:||Laurence Goldstein|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jul 2011 12:26|
|Last Modified:||20 Dec 2011 12:45|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28024 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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