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This section discusses a number of types of humor and humor-related phenomena in terms of the present theory: both offensive and inoffensive jokes, relief laughter, peekaboo, giggle-fests, puns, satire, exaggeration, ridicule, and embarrassment. It attempts to provide the essential logic of the necessary explanation for each type of phenomenon within this moral theory of humor. It does not attempt to analyze example after example, where (particularly in the area of set jokes), one can work indefinitely without much increase in insight.


Tom Veatch