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

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

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by William Irwin
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812694338
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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