Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture

Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture


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Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture by William Irwin

Aristotle analyzed the popular art of his time: the tragedies and epics. Why should philosophers today not do likewise? Perhaps we can learn something from children's stories by subverting the dominant paradigm of adult authority and admitting with Socrates that we don't know all the answers. Perhaps Batman has ethical lessons to teach that generalize beyond the pages of comic books. Is it better to like Mozart than it is to like Madonna? Kurt Cobain gave voice to the attitude of a generation, singing, 'Here we are, now entertain us.' Is entertainment a bad thing, or could it actually have value-and not just instrumental value?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742551749
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

William Irwin is associate professor of philosophy at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Jorge J. E. Gracia is Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at SUNY-Buffalo. He is the author of Surviving Race, Ethinicity, and Nationality (2005).

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