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Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness

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Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness. / Lippitt, John.

All Too Human: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. ed. / Lydia Moland. Springer, 2018.

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Harvard

Lippitt, J 2018, Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness. in L Moland (ed.), All Too Human: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. Springer.

APA

Lippitt, J. (Accepted/In press). Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness. In L. Moland (Ed.), All Too Human: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in Nineteenth Century Philosophy Springer.

Vancouver

Lippitt J. Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness. In Moland L, editor, All Too Human: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. Springer. 2018

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Lippitt, John. / Jest as humility: Kierkegaard and the limits of earnestness. All Too Human: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. editor / Lydia Moland. Springer, 2018.

Bibtex

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