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30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There
     

30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There

by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, William Irwin (Editor)
 

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A fascinating exploration of the philosophy behind NBC’s hit TV series, 30 Rock

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

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A fascinating exploration of the philosophy behind NBC’s hit TV series, 30 Rock

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.

  • Takes an entertaining, up-close look at the philosophical issues behind 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist ideals to workaholism and the meaning of life
  • Equips you with a new understanding of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and other characters
  • Gives you deep and meaningful new reasons (who knew?) for watching Tina Fey and your other favorites on 30 Rock

Ideal for both casual and diehard fans, this book is the essential companion for every 30 Rock­-watcher.

Editorial Reviews

Philosophically seen, the characters in NBC?s award-winning 30 Rock reside in separate universes: Jack Donaghy believes only "in things I can buy and deregulate"; workaholic Liz Lemon wants it all: job, love, and community spirit; Jenna Maroney casts herself as a 24-hour-a-day mega-star; Tracy Jordan requires a full entourage to support his delusions; and Kenneth the page loves only two things in this world: everybody and television. This brave new addition to Irwin's Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series places these wildly disparate characters under scrutiny that will increase your wisdom and deepen your comedy repertoire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470575581
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #19
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
801,921
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.64(d)

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Meet the Author

J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an associate professor of philosophy at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He coedited X-Men and Philosophy and Twilight and Philosophy and edited Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Mad Men and Philosophy.

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