Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture
Human beings are creatures of feeling that live in social relations with each other. Lucy O'Brien wants to bring into view kinds of social acts that are aimed at inducing feeling in others. In this talk she will focus on acts of laughing at others missteps or failures, and consider how we should think about such acts. Lucy will argue that many of our laughings at others are aimed at making others feel socially diminished, and will try better to understand how they can do that. However, Lucy will also explore a number of other things we do when we laugh at another.