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ERIC Number: EJ928451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Learning to Laugh at Ourselves: Humor, Self-Transcendence, and the Cultivation of Moral Virtues
Gordon, Mordechai
Educational Theory, v60 n6 p735-749 Dec 2010
In this essay Mordechai Gordon begins to address the neglect of humor among philosophers of education by focusing on some interesting connections between humor, self-transcendence, and the development of moral virtues. More specifically, he explores the kind of humor that makes fun of oneself and how it can affect educational encounters. Gordon begins his analysis by discussing the nature and purpose of humor in general, while distinguishing it from laughter and amusement. In the next part of the essay, he takes a close look at the characteristics and benefits of the type of humor that we use when we make fun of ourselves. He then turns his attention to exploring the relation between laughing at ourselves, self-transcendence, and a number of moral virtues. The final part of this essay briefly examines what might happen to the quality of educational encounters when teachers become more comfortable with laughing at themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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