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Karl Barth and Humour

Chapter in book
Authors Ola Sigurdson
Published in Eftertænkning og genopførelser: Festskrift til Bent Flemming Nielsen. Marlene Ringgaard Loresen, Christine Svinth-Værge Põder och Nete Helene Enggaard (red.)
Pages 273–291
ISBN 978-87-410-0456 3
Publisher Eksistensen Akademisk
Place of publication Köpenhamn
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 273–291
Language en
Keywords Karl Barth, humor theory, Karl Barth and humor, theology and humor
Subject categories Practical philosophy, Philosophy of religion, Dogmatics with symbolics, Systematic theology


This is a critical discussion of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth's understanding of humor, especially as it is presented in in the second volume of his lectures on Ethics from 1928–1929 as well as in the preparatory notes for his 1943–1944 winter semester on the ‘human being in the midst of creation’. Against the view that Barth had no sense of humour or did not understand humour, I argue that, in comparison, Barth's views on humour is quite original and profound. I also try to show, why Barth did not incorporate longer sections on humour in his published work, although parts of them might well be characterised as humorous.

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