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With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air—and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody two shoes", but what does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinely demonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is the ...
With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air—and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody two shoes", but what does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinely demonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is the role of the incompetent professional in America today?
In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow cast members are thrust onto the philosophical stage with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand other great thinkers to examine these key questions and many others that involve the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.
Ideal for both casual and diehard fans, this book is the essential companion for every 30 Rock-watcher.
Acknowledgments: Thanks for Helping Us Go to There
Introduction: Platonic Fantasies and Tina Fey-losophy 1
PART ONE WHAT WOULD OPRAH DO?: ETHICS AND THE GOOD LIFE AT 30 ROCK
1 Being Kenneth: Some Moral Lessons P. Sue Dohnimm Dohnimm, P. Sue 7
2 Sour Lemon: Liz's Workaholism and the Meaning of Life Jeffrey A. Hinzmann Hinzmann, Jeffrey A. 16
3 Friendship on 30 Rock: What a Greek Philosopher Can Teach Us about Companionship Dan Yim Yim, Dan 28
4 A Confucian-Aristotelian Critique of 30 Rock's "Semi-Virtuous Path" Adam Barkman Barkman, Adam 43
PART TWO THE GIRLIE SHOW: GENDER, RACE, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION AT 30 ROCK
5 Race at the Rock: Race Cards, White Myths, and Postracial America J. Jeremy Wisnewski Wisnewski, J. Jeremy 57
6 Getting Gay: How 30 Rock Helps Us Understand Sexuality J. Jeremy Wisnewski Wisnewski, J. Jeremy 75
7 And the Followship Award Goes to ... Third-Wave Feminism? Ashley Barkman Barkman, Ashley 89
PART THREE DEALBREAKER!: CORPORATIONS, PROFESSIONS, AND POLITICS
8 Medicine's Not a Science: Dr. Leo Spaceman and the Role of the Incompetent Professional in Today's America Kevin S. Decker Decker, Kevin S. 101
9 Is There a Difference between East Coast Television and Microwave Ovens?: Moral Questions about Corporate Management Andrew Terjesen Terjesen, Andrew 114
10 The Emancipation Corporation: Loving and Loathing the Shinehardt Wigs of the World Nicolas Michaud Michaud, Nicolas 130
11 Liz and Jack Can't Be Friends!: Communitarianism, Libertarianism, and Politics at 30 Rock Nicolas Michaud Michaud, Nicolas 138
PART FOUR MIND GRAPES (TO NOURISH YOUR THINKING)
12 "The Bubble," the Cave, and Samsara: Being Deluded at 30 Rock Adam Barkman Barkman, Adam 149
13 Of Cookie Jars and CEOs: Time and Self on 30 Rock Tyler Shores Shores, Tyler 161
14 One City's Cheese-Curl Addict is Another City's Model: A Question of Taste Melina Found Found, Melina 174
15 "I'm Straight-Up Mentally III": Tracy Jordan and True, Justified Belief Robert Arp Arp, Robert 186
16 Performing at 30 Rock (and Everywhere Else) Marc E. Shaw Shaw, Marc E. 195
Appendix 1 Frank's Hat Store 209
Appendix 2 The Wisdom of the Page: Meet Kenneth Ellen Parcell Parcell, Ellen 211
Contributors: Cast Members of 30 Rock and Philosophy 217
Index: Shinehardt Wig Company Filing System 221
Posted August 28, 2012
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