Research Article

A distance theory of humour1

Brian Ribeiro


Brian Ribeiro offers a sketch of a new theory of humour, pitched at roughly the same level of detail, and intended to have roughly the same level of inclusiveness, as the other available philosophical ‘theories’ of humour.

Brian Ribeiro is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


1 I would like to express my gratitude to Hannah Rutledge with whom many of the ideas in this paper were tested and refined, and to Ronnie Littlejohn for being easily persuaded to let me teach a course on ‘Seinfeld and Philosophy’ (while I was a visiting lecturer at Belmont University) that I will always remember with unmitigated delight.#