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Laughing and Crying: A Study of the Limits of Human Behavior
by Helmuth Plessner
translated by James Spencer Churchill and Marjorie Grene
foreword by Jay Bernstein
Northwestern University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-8101-3971-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-0321-4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
First published in German in 1940 and widely recognized as a classic of philosophical anthropology, Laughing and Crying is a detailed investigation of these two particularly significant types of expressive behavior, both in themselves and in relation to human nature. Elaborating the philosophical account of human life he developed in Levels of Organic Life and the Human: An Introduction to Philosophical Anthropology, Plessner suggests that laughing and crying are expressions of a crisis brought about in certain situations by the relation of a person to their body.
 
With a new foreword by J. M. Bernstein that situates the book within the broader framework of Plessner’s philosophical anthropology and his richly suggestive and powerful account of human bodily life, Laughing and Crying is essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of the body, emotions, and human behavior.
 

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