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The Comic Spirit in the Freedom of Man


by Horace M. Kallen - 1966

The author returns to one of his own fundamental themes—the relationship between the arts and human freedom. He sees laughter and the spirit of comedy as modes of liberation from the "conscription" of dogma or despotism, from oppression and humiliation. He finds the comic spirit to be the most philosophical of spirits, "the spirit of freedom become conscious of itself in laughter. . . ." In the solemn, hard-pressed schools of our time, this may be the "secret weapon" most needed for the excellence the author describes as "orchestration," for the reaffirmation of our faith.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 3, 1966, p. 187-196
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2136, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 9:39:05 PM

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