The Affective Component of Amusement

  • Alan RobertsEmail author


In this chapter, I define the affective component of amusement by critically assessing superiority theories, release theories and play theories. In Section 1, I assess superiority theories to extract a key insight, in Section 2, I assess release theories to extract a key insight, in Section 3, I assess play theories to extract a key insight and, in Section 4, I combine these key insights to define the affective component of amusement. Finally, in Section 5, I summarise the key claims of this chapter.


Affective Amusement Superiority Release Play 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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