Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing

Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing

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by William Irwin
     
 

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Designed for philosophers as well as readers with no particular philosophical background, the essays in this lively book are grouped into four amusing acts. Act One looks at the four Seinfeld characters through a philosophical lens and includes Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life? Act Two examines historical philosophers from a Seinfeldian standpoint and

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Designed for philosophers as well as readers with no particular philosophical background, the essays in this lively book are grouped into four amusing acts. Act One looks at the four Seinfeld characters through a philosophical lens and includes Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life? Act Two examines historical philosophers from a Seinfeldian standpoint and offers Plato or Nietzsche? Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld. Act Three, Untimely Meditations by the Water Cooler, explores philosophical issues raised by the show, such as, Is it rational for George to do the opposite? And Act Four, Is There Anything Wrong with That?, discusses ethical problems of everyday life using Seinfeld as a basis. Seinfeld and Philosophy also provides a guide to Seinfeld episodes and a chronological list of the philosophers cited in this book.

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Fourteen essays use the popular television comedy to introduce the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein. Supporting them are a chronology of episodes, and a chronology of philosophers with brief quotations. Bibliographic references are slender. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812694093
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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