House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

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An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House

House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the ...

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Overview

An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House

House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team.

Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy
(978-1-4051-6160-2).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470316603
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 541,237
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY JACOBY teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles on the philosophy of mind and contributed to South Park and Philosophy. He lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kathryn, and their two cats, Bunkai and Willow.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has coedited The Simpsons and Philosophy and edited Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, and Metallica and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

"Read Less, More TV: A Cranky, Slightly Rude Introduction".

I. "HUMANITY IS OVERRATED." HOUSE ON LIFE.

1. Selfish, Base Animals Crawling Across the Earth: House and the Meaning of Life (Henry Jacoby).

2. House and Sartre: "Hell is Other People" (Jennifer L. McMahon).

3. Is There a Superman in the House? A Nietzchean Point of View (David Goldblatt).

4. House and Moral Luck (Jane Dryden).

II. "WELCOME TO THE END OF THE THOUGHT PROCESS." HOUSE’S LOGIC AND METHOD.

5. The Logic of Guesswork in Sherlock Holmes and House, M.D. (Jerold J. Abrams).

6. It Explains Everything (Barbara Anne Stock)!

7. The Sound of One House Clapping: Rude Diagnostician as Zen Rhetorician (Jeffrey C. Ruff and Jeremy Barris).

8. "Being nice is overrated": House and Socrates on the Necessity of Conflict (Melanie Frappier).

9. Is There a Daoist in the House (Peter Vernezze)?

III. "IT IS THE NATURE OF MEDICINE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SCREW UP." HOUSE AND ETHICAL PRINCIPLES.

10. "You care for everybody": Cameron’s Ethics of Care (Renee Kyle).

11. To Intubate or not to Intubate: House’s Principles and Priorities (Barbara Anne Stock and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke).

12. House, M.D., and Medical Paternalism: "You can’t always get what you want." (Mark R. Wicclair).

13. If the End Doesn’t Justify the Means, Then What Does (Catherine Sartin)?

14. House vs. Tritter: On the Clash of Theoretical and Practical Authority (Kenneth Ehrenberg).

IV. "THE DRUGS DON’T MAKE ME HIGH, THEY MAKE ME NEUTRAL." VIRTUES AND CHARACTER ON HOUSE.

15. House and the Virtue of Eccentricity (John R. Fitzpatrick).

16. Love: The Only Risk House Can’t Take (Sara Protasi).

17. A Prescription for Friendship (Sara Waller).

18. Diagnosing Character: A House Divided (Heather Battaly and Amy Coplan)?

Contributors: Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital Staff.

Index.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    House fans will love

    The show House M.D is very funny, that is a proven fact. This book uses all things House related to help you understand what the philosophy statement/theory is. If you aren't a House fan you will still love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    love this book

    if you're a bigass fan of house you've got to read this book it's amazing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    SURPRISINGLY GOOD

    ENJOYABLE READING. VERY GOOD PRESENTATION AND ORGANIZATION OF MATERIAL. MAY TURN YOUNG PEOPLE'S ATTENTION TO PHILOSOPHY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Don't miss it -- everybody lies, but not all the time.

    Don't miss it -- everybody lies, but not all the time.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    HOUSE'S REAL PHILOSOPHY IS OBJECTIVISM

    This is a really enjoyable book, with a lot of insight into a fictional being. I purchased this book the same day I purchased THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS by AYN RAND. How the authors could avoid mentioning OBJECTIVISM is amazing. House if anything is a Objectivist.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    If you like the TV show House, You will love reading about the philosophies behind the Characters.

    After watching the show for a few weeks, I remember mentioning how awesome it would be if someone wrote a book about the philosiphical and/or psychological undertones of the characters in this show. This book did all that and more. It was very nicely organized and easy to read through. I felt introduced to new ideas and was given food for thought on everyday ideas that I had never really conciously thought about. It was very nice to learn about a lot of great philosiphers and their ideals, while being given examples that were from different episodes of the TV show. I have passed this book around to friends who like the show as well and they loved/love reading it. If you like the TV show House, or simply want a well organized and practical philisophical read, then you will LOVE this book!!

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