BLACK HUMOUR AS AN EXPRESSION OF PHILOSOPHICAL ATTITUDE TOWARDS DEATH IN PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE AND THE ART OF HEALING PERSPECTIVE
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Death, being an inevitable phenomenon, belonging to a different ontic order so to speak, has always evoked various emotional reactions and has been a real challenge for human thought. Thus, it is not surprising that people have tried to respond to that challenge, starting from trying to explain the phenomenon of death, by bringing consolation to the distressed thought, and finishing with an ambition to create the best ideal attitude towards it. One of such attitudes is a philosophical attitude based on the idea of humour, irony, and wit. However, black humour of philosophical attitude means neither lack of respect for death nor contrariness, but it is rather an expression of establishing a specific cognitive distance and organizing one's experiences on different rules. Philosophical attitude towards inevitability of fate is widely recognized in the most recent writings, also in the field of philosophy of medicine and the art of healing. More and more often publications describe not only essential differences in philosophical assumptions between attitude towards death founded on humour and an attitude shaped by the classic 'ars moriendi canon', but also emphasize the therapeutic significance of these dissimilarities.
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