“ The ironic speech situation: discursive democracy, citizenship, and humor ”. Sammy Basu PhD Associate Professor of Politics Willamette University Salem Oregon, USA. Overview. I. Deliberative democracy II. What ’ s so bad about humor? III. What is humor?
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Sammy Basu PhD
Associate Professor of Politics
Salem Oregon, USA
For Habermas (1982:271), “jokes, fictional representations, irony, games, and so on, rest on intentionally using categorical confusions which, in the wake of the differentiation of validity-claims and corresponding modes (being/illusion, is/ought, essence/appearance), are seen through as category mistakes.”
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(and misanthrope) or necessary hostility?