Life’s absurd – therefore, comical. Or is it? In A Critique of Humoristic Absurdism (2020), Thom Hamer MA examines the philosophical justification for a humoristic approach to the absurdity of life.
A humoristic experience of absurdity may provide us with a healthy coping mechanism in the face of existential hardship. Humor, however, faces serious objections. Is it a way to ascertain our superiority? Are we being irrational? Do we avoid responsibility? Do we succumb to frivolity?
This academic book, awarded with a nomination for Utrecht University’s Thesis Award, balances stylistic accessibility with academic rigor, philosophical depth with vivid exemplification and ironic jest with earnest engagement. It is sure to provide the reader with moments of laughter and serious grimaces, and aims to oscillate between the two.