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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays (2001) is a book by Noël Carroll.

Excerpt from the "Horror and Humor" essay:

the affinity of horror and humor might be that these two states, despite their differences, share an overlapping necessary condition insofar as an appropriate object of both states involves the transgression of a category, a concept, a norm, or a commonplace expectation. --“Horror and Humor

Carroll also quotes from Hutcheson's "Thoughts on Laughter": “We also find ourselves moved to laughter by an overstraining of wit, by bringing resemblances from subjects of a quite different kind from the subject to which they are compared.”


  • Foreword / Peter Kivy --
  • pt. I. Beyond Aesthetics. Art and Interaction. Beauty and the Genealogy of Art Theory. Four Concepts of Aesthetic Experience --
  • pt. II. Art, History, and Narrative. Art, Practice, and Narrative. Identifying Art. Historical Narratives and the Philosophy of Art. On the Narrative Connection. Interpretation, History, and Narrative --
  • pt. III. Interpretation and Intention. Art, Intention, and Conversation. Anglo-American Aesthetics and Contemporary Criticism: Intention and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion. The Intentional Fallacy: Defending Myself. Interpretation and Intention: The Debate between Hypothetical and Actual Intentionalism --
  • pt. IV. Art, Emotion, and Morality. Art, Narrative, and Emotion. Horror and Humor.

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