“Laughter” is a collection of three of Bergson’s essays, originally published in 1900. Within them, Bergson attempts a study of laughter—particularly laughter caused by a comedian—to discover the different types of comic situations and to define the laws of the comic. A classic text for those with an interest in comedy and being a comic. This classic work is being republished now in a new edition complete with a Chapter From “Bergson And His Philosophy” by J. Alexander Gunn.
Henri-Louis Bergson (1859–1941) was a French-Jewish philosopher. He had a significant influence on the tradition of continental philosophy during the first half of the twentieth century until World War II, and is famous for his idea that immediate experience and intuition are more important than abstract rationalism and science for understanding the nature of reality.