The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer

The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer

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The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer by William Irwin, Mark Conard

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812696943
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William Irwin lives in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mark T. Conard lives in Philadelphia. Aeon J. Skoble lives in Newburgh, NY.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Meditations on Springfield?1
Part IThe Characters5
1.Homer and Aristotle7
2.Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism25
3.Why Maggie Matters: Sounds of Silence, East and West34
4.Marge's Moral Motivation46
5.Thus Spake Bart: On Nietzsche and the Virtues of Being Bad59
Part IISimpsonian Themes79
6.The Simpsons and Allusion: "Worst Essay Ever"81
7.Popular Parody: The Simpsons Meets the Crime Film93
8.The Simpsons, Hyper-Irony, and the Meaning of Life108
9.Simpsonian Sexual Politics126
Part IIII Didn't Do It: Ethics and The Simpsons145
10.The Moral World of the Simpson Family: A Kantian Perspective147
11.The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family160
12.Springfield Hypocrisy179
13.Enjoying the so-called "Iced Cream": Mr. Burns, Satan, and Happiness191
14.Hey-diddily-ho, Neighboreenos: Ned Flanders and Neighborly Love202
15.The Function of Fiction: The Heuristic Value of Homer215
Part IVThe Simpsons and the Philosophers233
16.A (Karl, not Groucho) Marxist in Springfield235
17."And the Rest Writes Itself": Roland Barthes Watches The Simpsons252
18.What Bart Calls Thinking269
Episode List283
Based on Ideas By290
Featuring the Voices Of296

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The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am 12 i hav been watching it since i was born my dad wathed it since it came out laugh out loud funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
WhiteFlowerLei76 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun way to learn about Philosophy. Simpsons fans will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like bart because he has his own snes game which i got on super gnes try it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little in depth but makes some very good points
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freeking funny because it is wat i love poop
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a brainiac soooo my fav is lisa simpson she is soooooooooo smart i love it Mackenzie :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much that i bought a box with seasons 1-23! Waiting anxiously every day until it comes!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Homer is the best if you dont agree with me then die!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book taught me a lot about philosophy and helps to show the deeper meaning of the shows. Some parts were a bit confusing like nietzchek and high irony, but it used the simpsons to explain it better. Sometimes I felt a little left out with all the episodes i had not seen so this is a great book for the avid watcher but is not a book to get one excited about the show but i don't now. I liked the show anyways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
. A must-have for the intellectual Simpsons fan in your life!! .
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a small gem. It does not try to say that the Simpsons is a grand philosophical guide but does pull some deep ideas out of the wonderful primetime animation. The book helped me appreciate the Simpsons more, and shows the hidden genius in many of the episodes. More importantly, it inspired me to read more philosophy books! I also highly recommend another wonderful little book of wisdom called 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' by Taro Gold. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so great, just the besT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wanna know a dark & dirty secret? Well, even scholars watch (and delight in) The Simpsons, the mega-hit FOX animated series. And perhaps to justify their evil little pleasures eighteen of them have contributed enticing, engaging and enlightening essays into what¿s really going on in Springfield, USA and what it all means in terms of a multitude of humanistic & social science disciplines. Now while some of the text may be heady stuff for the average reader, let me relieve you of any concern that this is simply dry academic mumbo-jumbo. ¿The Simpsons and Philosophy¿ addresses the themes, characters, and particular plots that demonstrates Homer and his crowd are the contemporary everyman, both reflecting & reinforcing the values, beliefs & mores of American society. Each contributor takes a particular tack, from a philosophical, literary, semiotic, media studies, textual, or political, viewpoint to address a certain feature of the series. But I should advise the casual fan not to be intimated by the themes for each author cogently outlines the thesis of their subject allowing the reader a crash, but articulate, survey into the thinking of scholars ranging from Aristotle to Nietzsche, Marx to Kant, Saussure to Fiske before moving to provide exemplars from actual episodes of the classic series. Some stuffed-shirts ivory tower types may moan at colleagues who pay much attention to what is on American television these days, let alone an animated cartoon. This is low culture (in the aesthetic sense) they scowl and academic study should only be directed at the classics. But as a former mentor of mine would often opine, how can we ignore something that engages millions upon millions of people. If it is important enough for the masses to watch, it should be salient enough for scholars to investigate. And so for both scholar and layman, as long as they are fans of the show (and who isn¿t!) or just for those with a general interest in a singularly ubiquitous pop culture phenomenon, ¿The Simpsons and Philosophy¿ is a joy to grasp, an easy but informative (and frequently laughable) read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say, all Simpsons stuff is wonderful! This was very thought provoking and funny to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fav person is bart
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best show ever being compared to the greatest minds ever. Take it seriously and be amazed at the similarities.