Is there philosophy of humor? I want to know if any professional philosophers have written on the necessary and sufficient conditions for quality comedic material.

You might look at the essay on "Humour" by J. Levinson in the Routledge Encylcopedia of Philosophy. If you are at a college or university that has a subscription to this encylopedia, you can access the article online at

Another great resource is Ted Cohen's recent book, Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters. He explores how jokes work -- what makes them funny, what makes them offensive (when they are) -- as well as what jokes can do beyond simply making us laugh. Full of good examples.

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