"Bravo! I'll say nothing funny about it, for it is a
superior piece of work."
--P. J. O'Rourke "F. H. Buckley's The Morality of Laughter is at once
a humorous look at serious matters and a serious
book about humor."
"Buckley has written a . ne and funny book that will
be read with pleasure and instruction."
." . . written elegantly and often wittily. . . ."
." . . a fascinating philosophical exposition of
laughter. . . ."
." . . at once a wise and highly amusing book."
--Wall Street Journal Online
." . . a useful reminder that a cheery society is a
F. H. Buckley is Associate Dean and Executive Director, Law Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law.
Laughter as superiority -- The elements of laughter -- The one necessary thing -- Objectives to the normative thesis -- Comic, virtues, and vices -- The social virtues -- Machine law -- Machine shcolarship -- Machine art and machine cities -- The battle of the norms -- Resistance to laughter -- The sociability thesis -- Conclusion.