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Humor and laughter make up important parts of the human experience. Many people and
cultures adopt various customs about humor. But what is humor? Philosophers try to explain the
phenomenon of humor. This thesis looks briefly at the history of the superiority theory of humor
in particular with emphasis on the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Hobbes. Next, I
discuss Francis Hutcheson and Camille Atkinson?s, a contemporary writer, criticisms of Hobbes
and the superiority theory of humor respectively. Finally, after an interpretation of Bergson?s
theory as a superiority theory, Bergson?s writing is used to address the problems of that theory.