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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
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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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