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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

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by Dean Kowalski
     
 

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A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory

Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly&

Overview

A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory

Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite Big Bang Theory characters, story lines, and ideas
  • Examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science, semiotics, religion, and the human condition
  • Brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on The Big Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential reading for every Big Bang Theory fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God."

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From the Publisher
“If you’re looking for a straight discussion of philosophy try reading Frederick Copleston’s The History of Philosophy, but if you’re open to learning in a fun environment try this book.   Just remember that this book is first of all a study of philosophy geared to the non-specialist.  The by-product of the book is that you will deepen your understanding of and engagement with the characters in these shows.”  (Ponderings on a Faith Journey, 10 August 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118074558
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, #44
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
207,084
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.79(d)

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Review copy sent on 29.6.12 to Ponderings on a Faith Journey

Meet the Author

Dean A. Kowalski is an associate professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and the author of five books, most recently Moral Theory at the Movies and The Philosophy of Joss Whedon.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including House and Philosophy, Batman and Philosophy, and Inception and Philosophy.

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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TexasLibraryLady More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! The way the authors make connections between the philosophers' statements of so long ago, specifically Aristotle, and the relationships and antics of the BBT characters is phenomenal. We might not always understand the information from the scholars of long ago but when connections are made for us based on the things we know and love it is so much easier to understand. If you are a fan of the Big Bang Theory, Ii truly believe you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Penny(knok)Penny(knok)Penny(knok)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls thinking they own the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make it fe Re
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great all aroud book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big fan love the show short and simple. BOOM!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the person who posted the third commment, if you got nothing nice to say or type to anyone then don't. Also, does anyone care that you think the last reveiw is too long? NO, so do not post that crap. Overall, I liked the book. It told you what you might be curius about. Just more for those who are curius about the show or ard confused. I like the show and the book. Five out of five from me. Sheldon rocks, BAZZINGA PUNK,( JUST A JOKE DO NOT BE OFFENDED).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sheldon is gay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the big bang theory!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the first review was not long at all and quite informative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TOO FREAKIN LONG..... I HAVENT READ THE BOOK YET AND I THINK YOU COMMENT IS TOO LONG!!!!