South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today

South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today

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by Robert Arp
     
 

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If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town.

  • A smart and candid look at one of television’s most

Overview

If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town.


  • A smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year
  • Draws close parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of philosophy
  • Addresses the perennial questions of the show, and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode
  • Uses familiar characters and episodes to illustrate topics such as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and much more
  • makes you laugh out loud

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Twenty-two philosophers can’t be wrong. Here to confirm suspicions that a relevant subtext exists beneath the potty-mouthed facade of Comedy Central’s “South Park” (now in its 10th season) is this indispensable collection of thought-provoking essays." Boston Herald, January 5, 2007.

“Move over, Kant. South Park and Philosophy embodies a new categorical imperative: Read this collection, laugh, and think.”
Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine

“Give Cartman some hemlock to drink so he can join Socrates for a meeting of the minds! Troubled by such philosophical conundrums as free will and determinism or the existence of God? Worry no more. Here you will find the way, the truth, and the light. Or not. Either way, if this book can’t interest this generation in philosophy, then we’re all screwed.”
Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the author of Why Darwin Matters

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405181532
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
359 KB

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From the Publisher
"Twenty-two philosophers can’t be wrong. Here to confirm suspicions that a relevant subtext exists beneath the potty-mouthed facade of Comedy Central’s “South Park” (now in its 10th season) is this indispensable collection of thought-provoking essays." Boston Herald, January 5, 2007.

“Move over, Kant. South Park and Philosophy embodies a new categorical imperative: Read this collection, laugh, and think.”
Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine

“Give Cartman some hemlock to drink so he can join Socrates for a meeting of the minds! Troubled by such philosophical conundrums as free will and determinism or the existence of God? Worry no more. Here you will find the way, the truth, and the light. Or not. Either way, if this book can’t interest this generation in philosophy, then we’re all screwed.”
Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the author of Why Darwin Matters

Meet the Author

Robert Arp teaches philosophy at Southwest Minnesota State University, and his book Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, is forthcoming with MIT Press. He is also co-editor (with Francisco Ayala) of Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Biology (Blackwell, forthcoming).

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