Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing

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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 ...
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Overview


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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812694093
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 646,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Monologue: Seinfeld, "The Field of Being" xi
Act I The Characters, aka "The New York Four" 1
1. Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life? 3
2. George's Failed Quest for Happiness: An Aristotelian Anaylsis 15
3. Elaine Benes: Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys? 27
4. Kramer and Kierkegaard: Stages on Life's Way 38
Act II Seinfeld and the Philosophers 59
5. Making Something out of Nothing: Seinfeld, Sophistry, and the Tao 61
6. Plato or Nietzsche?: Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld 71
7. Seinfeld, Subjectivity, and Sartre 90
8. Wittgenstein and Seinfeld on the Commonplace 109
Act III Untimely Mediations by the Water Cooler 119
9. The Costanza Maneuver: Is it Rational for George to "Do the Opposite"? 121
10. Peterman and the Ideological Mind: Paradoxes of Subjectivity 139
11. The Secret of Seinfeld's Humor: The Significance of the Insignificant 148
Act IV Is there Anything Wrong with That? 161
12. Seinfeld and the Moral Life 163
13. Virtue Ethics and TV's Seinfeld 175
14. The Final Episode: Is Doing Nothing Something? 183
What's the deal with Episode Lists? Episode Guide 193
Who are these Philosophers? A Chronology of Some Big-Time Philosophers 199
Who are these People? Notes on the Script Writers, aka the Contributors to This Volume 207
Index of Everything 211
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    This was a well written collection of funny ideas and it will stay on the top of my book shelf.

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