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Opponent or Advocate?: Exploring Clement of Alexandria’s Attitude(s) Towards Laughter

Graham, Nicole Opponent or Advocate?: Exploring Clement of Alexandria’s Attitude(s) Towards Laughter. In: Dijiska, Roald and van der Velde, Paul, eds. Humour in the Beginning: Cultural Interaction of Laughter and the Comic in the First Phase of Asian religions, Christianity and Islam. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:87464)

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Abstract

This chapter explores one of the earliest Christian commentators on laughter, Clement of Alexandria. It argues that his views on laughter were more nuanced than the fervent opposition with which he is often characterised and that, at times, he advocates for laughter. With particular reference to: ‘On Laughter’ in his Paedagogus, this chapter will demonstrate how Clement was influenced by Greek philosophy, Scripture, and the Hellenistic society within which he lived when forming his ambiguous views on laughter. Indeed, by exploring laughter in various forms, e.g. drunken laughter, erotic laughter, comic laughter, and pedagogical laughter, it will become clear that Clement’s beliefs about laughter vary depending on the context, the intention, and the consequences of the laughter.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Nicole Graham
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 13:28 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 13:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87464 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Graham, Nicole: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7828-6289
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