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Single Idea 22047

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 8. Humour]

Full Idea

Wherever there is contradiction, the comical is also present. ...The tragic is the suffering contradiction, the comical is the painless contradiction.

Gist of Idea

Wherever there is painless contradiction there is also comedy


Søren Kierkegaard (Concluding Unscientific Postscript [1846], p.459), quoted by Terry Pinkard - German Philosophy 1760-1860 13

Book Reference

Pinkard,Terry: 'German Philosophy 1760-1860' [CUP 2002], p.354

A Reaction

He is not saying that this is the only source of comedy. I once heard an adult say that there is one thing that is always funny, and that is a fart.