Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy: Awaken the Social Assassin Within

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In a promotional video for the eighth season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David appears as Godzilla, walking through the streets of New York City, terrorizing everyone who sees him. People scream and run for their lives. Larry, meanwhile, has a quizzical look on his face and asks, “What, are you people nuts?”
What makes Larry a monster, and why doesn’t he know that he’s a monster? Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy discusses several ...

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Overview

In a promotional video for the eighth season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David appears as Godzilla, walking through the streets of New York City, terrorizing everyone who sees him. People scream and run for their lives. Larry, meanwhile, has a quizzical look on his face and asks, “What, are you people nuts?”
What makes Larry a monster, and why doesn’t he know that he’s a monster? Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy discusses several answers to these questions.
This book revolves around Curb-Larry, the character that the real Larry David plays on HBO’s popular television series: his outlook on life, his unusual ways of interacting with people, his inability or unwillingness to conform to the world. Many of the chapters discuss ethical and existential issues, such as whether Larry is a “bad apple.”
Larry doesn’t ask questions about free will, or wonder whether the world outside our minds really exists because he’s more like Socrates than Descartes. He tells bitter truths about how we live our lives. There's something heroic about Larry's independence from social conventions, and something tragic about his tendency to hurt people with his frankness. It's hard not to ask, should we curb our enthusiasm?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812697667
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 636,255
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ralkowski is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Honors at The George Washington University. He is author of Heidegger's Platonism (2009) and editor of Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude (2005).

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Table of Contents

Pretty Pretty Pretty Far Beyond Good and Evil ix

I There are a Few Different Realities Here 1

1 Deep Inside You Know You're Him Mark Ralkowski 3

2 Larry David as...Himself? Joseph Westfall 25

II What Would Larry Do? 43

3 Idling as a Way of Life Simon Mussell 45

4 People Just Don't Do that David Svolba Chad Flanders 59

III Larry's Search for Meaning 73

5 What, No Good? Anna Mudde Robert Piercey 75

6 Judaism, Where are you? Kevin Zanelotti 89

IV The Whole Affirmative Action Thing 105

7 Do you Mind if My Caucasian Mentions the N-Word? James Rocha 107

8 What Kind of Men Are Larry and Jeff? Taine Duncan 121

V Yelling for Society, for Everybody 137

9 He's Applying the Golden Rule. Are You? Bekka Williams 139

10 That's a Problem, Not a Gift Robert Farrow James Rodwell 155

VI Is Larry a Good Apply? 171

11 How to Philosophize with a 5 Wood Sean Petranovich 173

12 Maybe Authenticity Isn't for Everyone Natalie Fletcher 189

VII Having Said That... 203

13 Should We Curb our Enthusiasm? Robert R. Clewis 205

VIII The Special Section 221

Curbology: A Glossary of Curb-isms 223

Bald and Un-Bald Brothers and Sisters 259

Index 263

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