A group of philosophers examines "The Simpsons"--beyond the jokes, the crudeness, and the attacks on society--as a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. They begin with an examination of the Simpson family, examine the ethics and themes of the show, and conclude with discussions of how the series reflects the work ...
A group of philosophers examines "The Simpsons"--beyond the jokes, the crudeness, and the attacks on society--as a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. They begin with an examination of the Simpson family, examine the ethics and themes of the show, and conclude with discussions of how the series reflects the work of Aristotle, Marx, Sartre, and other thinkers.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-03-12 In Irwin's earlier anthology, Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book About Everything and Nothing (1999), 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. (Apr.) Forecast: Seinfeld and Philosophy prompted Entertainment Weekly's review comment, "Wish we'd had this in college." 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.
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