A Comedy of Errors or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sensibility-Invariantism about ‘Funny’
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
In this article, I argue that sensibility-invariantism about ‘funny’ is defensible, not just as a descriptive hypothesis, but, as a normative position as well. What I aim to do is to make the realist commitments of the sensibility-invariantist out to be much more tenable than one might initially think them to be. I do so by addressing the two major sources of discontent with sensibility-invariantism: the observation that discourse about comedy exhibits significant divergence in judgment, and the fact that disagreements about comedy, unlike disagreements about, say, geography, often strike us as fundamentally intractable.
Ryan D. Doerfler, "A Comedy of Errors or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sensibility-Invariantism about ‘Funny’," 93 Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 493 (2012).