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Seinfeld and philosophy : a book about everything and nothing

Author: William Irwin
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This collection uses "Seinfeld" episodes to introduce important concepts in philosophy. Some essays are devoted to single characters, while others explore philosophical issues raised by the show. The  Read more...


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Named Person: Jerry Seinfeld
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Irwin
ISBN: 0812694090 9780812694093
OCLC Number: 185898275
Description: 216 s
Contents: Monologue - Seinfeld, the Field of Being, William Irwin. Act One - The Characters, AKA the New York Four: Jerry and Socrates - the Examined Life?, William Irwin; George's Failed Quest for Happiness - an Aristotelian Analysis, Daniel Barwick; Elaine - Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys?, Sarah Worth; Kramer and Kierkegaard - Stages on Life's Way, William Irwin. Act Two - Seinfeld and the Philosophers: Making Something Out of Nothing - Seinfeld, Sophistry, and the Tao, Eric Bronson; Plato or Nietzsche? Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld, Mark Conard; Seinfeld, Subjectivity, and Sartre, Jennifer McMahon; Seinfeld and Wittgenstein on the Commonplace, Kelly Dean Jolley. Act Three - Untimely Meditations by the Water Cooler: The Costanza Manoeuvre - Is it Rational for George to "Do the Opposite"?, Jason Holt; Peterman and the Ideological Mind - Paradoxes of Subjectivity, Norah Martin; Comedy and the Insignificant, Jorge J.E. Gracia. Act Four - Is There Anything Wrong With That?: Seinfeld and the Moral Life, Robert Epperson; Virtue Ethics and TV's Seinfeld, Aeon J. Skoble; Ethics in the Final Episode - Is Doing Nothing Something?, Theodore J. Schick Jr. Appendices: Episode Guide; A Chronology of Philosophers.
Responsibility: edited by William Irwin.


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