The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Lifeby J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Just when you thought paper couldn't be more exciting, this book comes your way! This bookjammed full of paperunites philosophy with one of the best shows ever: The Office. Addressing both the current American incarnation and the original British version, The Office and Philosophy brings these two wonders of civilization together for a frolic
Just when you thought paper couldn't be more exciting, this book comes your way! This bookjammed full of paperunites philosophy with one of the best shows ever: The Office. Addressing both the current American incarnation and the original British version, The Office and Philosophy brings these two wonders of civilization together for a frolic through the mundane yet curiously edifying worlds of Scranton's Dunder-Mifflin and Slough's Wernham-Hogg.
Is Michael Scott in denial about death? Are Pam and Jim ever going to figure things out? Is David Brent an essentialist? Surprisingly, The Office can teach us about the mind, Aristotle, and humiliation. Even more surprisingly, paper companies can allow us to better understand business ethics. Don't believe it? Open this book, and behold its beautiful paper...
Join the philosophical fray as we explore the abstract world of philosophy through concrete scenes of the unexamined life in The Office. You may discover that Gareth Keenan is secretly a brilliant logician, that Dwight Schrute is better off deceiving himself, that David Brent is an example of hyperreality, and that Michael Scott is hopelessly lost (but you probably already knew that!).
What People are saying about this
"The Office and Philosophy provides a brilliant examination of life's unexamined, or "willfully ignored" dilemmas: love trysts, unremitting self-denial, H.R. nightmares, and humiliating personnel blunders. Thankfully, we have none of these problems in Scranton." –Chris Doherty, Mayor of Scranton
"I laughed and laughed and laughed...and then I realized I was reading a different book. And then I read this one. It's pretty good, too."
–Oscar Nunez, Cast Member ("Oscar Martinez"), The Office
"My philosophy in life is to live more like Dwight Schrute. For instance, since the editor of this book asked me for this blurb, that makes me an assistant editor (and not just an assistant to the editor)."
–Jim Bone, mornings, WBSX-97.9X Scranton
“Yet another example of how some popular television shows can make us stop, think and reflect, even as they make us laugh. Who would have thought a show about paper could carry so much weight?”
–Ed Robertson, co-author, The Ethics of Star Trek
Meet the Author
J. Jeremy Wisnewski is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hartwick College. He is the author of Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry: A Defense of Ethics as Clarification (Continuum, 2007) and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy (Blackwell, 2007).
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