The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series)

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This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the characters. Does Homer actually display Aristotle’s virtues of character? In what way does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The book also examines the ethics and ...
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Overview


This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the characters. Does Homer actually display Aristotle’s virtues of character? In what way does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The book also examines the ethics and themes of the show, and concludes with discussions of how the series reflects the work of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and other thinkers.
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If you're a fan of The Simpsons, then you've probably quoted the show at least a million times to your friends. But did you ever stop to think that there might be some heavy thoughts behind that sidesplitting dialogue? In this enlightening -- and entertaining -- book, you'll learn what mischevious Bart has in common with Nietzsche, the "bad boy of philosophy"; how Maggie's silence speaks volumes according to Sartre; and why Marx would think The Simpsons is the ultimate way to poke fun at society.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Irwin's earlier anthology, Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book About Everything and Nothing, a team of philosophy professors offered an introduction to Plato, Kierkegaard and other major thinkers via the characters and plots of the TV sitcom. Now Irwin and company have regrouped to focus on Matt Groening's popular, long-running animated series, The Simpsons. Noting that Groening studied philosophy in college, they hasten to add that this is not an attempt to explore meanings intended by Groening and the show's artists and writers. "Rather, we're highlighting the philosophical significance of The Simpsons as we see it," declares the editorial trio. Each essay provides a hilarious but incisive springboard to some aspect of philosophy. Can we learn something about the nature of happiness from the unhappy, miserly Mr. Burns? What are Springfield's sexual politics? What makes Bart Simpson a Heideggerian thinker? Could Bart be the Nietzschean ideal? These are the kind of "meaty philosophical issues" TV viewers can expect to find covered by the 21 contributors to this entertaining book, with interpretations drawn from the works of Sartre, Kant, Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf, Roland Barthes and others. Appendixes include a time line of the major philosophers referred to and a chronological guide of the episode titles and original air dates spanning 11 seasons of The Simpsons. Fans of The Simpsons are certain to find this book to be the perfect rebuttal for those who dismiss the show as a no-brainer. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Irwin (philosophy, King's College, PA) and his co-editors present 18 essays that look at the philosophical implications and underpinnings of the popular animated satire . Contributed by academics specializing in philosophy and literature, the essays explore the moral universe of the five major characters in the Simpsons (including a reflection on baby Maggie's silence as a protest against stifling society) and use situations on episodes of the show to look at a variety of philosophical questions, including the nature of hypocrisy, the sexual politics of the show, the example of neighborly love skewered by the depiction of Ned Flanders, and a Marxist critique of the show as being an opiate that distracts us from the true realities of capitalist evils. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812694338
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 303
  • Sales rank: 349,961
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Meditations on Springfield? 1
Part I The Characters 5
1. Homer and Aristotle 7
2. Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism 25
3. Why Maggie Matters: Sounds of Silence, East and West 34
4. Marge's Moral Motivation 46
5. Thus Spake Bart: On Nietzsche and the Virtues of Being Bad 59
Part II Simpsonian Themes 79
6. The Simpsons and Allusion: "Worst Essay Ever" 81
7. Popular Parody: The Simpsons Meets the Crime Film 93
8. The Simpsons, Hyper-Irony, and the Meaning of Life 108
9. Simpsonian Sexual Politics 126
Part III I Didn't Do It: Ethics and The Simpsons 145
10. The Moral World of the Simpson Family: A Kantian Perspective 147
11. The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family 160
12. Springfield Hypocrisy 179
13. Enjoying the so-called "Iced Cream": Mr. Burns, Satan, and Happiness 191
14. Hey-diddily-ho, Neighboreenos: Ned Flanders and Neighborly Love 202
15. The Function of Fiction: The Heuristic Value of Homer 215
Part IV The Simpsons and the Philosophers 233
16. A (Karl, not Groucho) Marxist in Springfield 235
17. "And the Rest Writes Itself": Roland Barthes Watches The Simpsons 252
18. What Bart Calls Thinking 269
Episode List 283
Based on Ideas By 290
Featuring the Voices Of 296
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    yay

    i am 12 i hav been watching it since i was born my dad wathed it since it came out laugh out loud funny

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Im a fan and a loyal fanatic. This book really elevates and brings out funny, but true beings

    Ever since The Simpsons came out I pretty much watched every episode that got put on air. I am a vivid reader and I only watch t.v when the Simpsons are on. So Simpsons books are good for me. This book sticks to the total idea of a normal family having the same idea as a highly complex philosophy.All the traits of Taiosium and hilarious quotes from the show keep this book a great selection in your home library.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    INTERESTING BOOK, SEE OTHER SIMPSONS BOOKS

    This book is an interesting analysis of The Simpsons. In addition to this book, I highly recommend 'The Simpsons and Society' by Steven Keslowitz. Both books are interesting, and 'The Simpsons and Society' offers an interesting perspective on the series (it's also full of quotes and insight)..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Love it

    So funny

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Awesome

    This show shall never end as long as i live

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Teeeeeeeee-heeeeeeeee

    I love this show

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Best Show Ever

    The best show ever being compared to the greatest minds ever. Take it seriously and be amazed at the similarities.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    Homer's Philosphy

    This book was AWESOME! The author really got me interested in philosophy through my favorite TV Show. I barely put this down once I started it. Very intelligent and very interesting. It's like reading the dictionary and not getting bored.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    My fav character......

    I like bart because he has his own snes game which i got on super gnes try it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    MJ10

    MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS ARE HOMER AND BART

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Tap

    C

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    D lisa is my fav but i also like other caracters like people of th simpsons familie

    I like all of the caracters of the simpsons but it is a really runny show and i would give anything to see it on tv again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Good

    A little in depth but makes some very good points

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Awesome

    Freeking funny because it is wat i love poop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Cool

    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    My fav is............

    Im a brainiac soooo my fav is lisa simpson she is soooooooooo smart i love it
    Mackenzie :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I love it so muh that

    I love it so much that i bought a box with seasons 1-23! Waiting anxiously every day until it comes!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Homer

    Homer is the best if you dont agree with me then die!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Homer meets mario

    One day homer was walking and ran into mario then mario got a turtle and threw it at homer and homer got the turtle and killed mario but what he did not know is that mario was marge in a coustume and then maggie came and shoot homer and said thats what u get then maggie went and shot mr burns tehe end

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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