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The Simpsons and philosophy : the d'oh! of Homer

Author: William Irwin; Mark T Conard; Aeon J Skoble
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, ©2001.
Series: Popular culture and philosophy, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here we can find out about irony and the meaning of life, the politics of the nuclear family, Marxism in Springfield, the elusiveness of happiness, popular parody as a form of tribute, and why we need animated TV shows. As if all that weren't enough, this book actually contains the worst philosophy essay ever.
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Genre/Form: Young adult nonfiction
Miscellanea
Trivia and miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Irwin; Mark T Conard; Aeon J Skoble
ISBN: 0812694333 9780812694338
OCLC Number: 45634628
Description: ix, 303 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The characters. Homer and Aristotle / Raja Halwani ; Lisa and American anti-intellectualism / Aeon J. Skoble ; Why Maggie matters: sounds of silence, East and West / Eric Bronson ; Marge's moral motivation / Gerald J. Erion, Joseph A. Zeccardi ; Thus spake Bart: on Nietzsche and the virtues of being bad / Mark T. Conard --
pt. 2. Simpsonian themes. The Simpsons and allusion: "worst essay ever" / William Irwin, J.R. Lombardo ; Popular parody: The Simpsons meets the crime film / Deborah Knight ; The Simpsons, hyper-irony, and the meaning of life / Carl Matheson ; Simpsonian sexual politics / Dale E. Snow, James J. Snow --
pt. 3. I didn't do it: ethics and The Simpsons. The moral world of the Simpson family: a Kantian perspective / James Lawler ; The Simpsons: atomistic politics and the nuclear family / Paul A. Cantor ; Springfield hypocrisy / Jason Holt ; Enjoying the so-called "iced cream": Mr. Burns, satan, and happiness / Daniel Barwick ; Hey-diddily-ho, neighboreenos: Ned Flanders and neighborly love / David Vessey ; The function of fiction: the heuristic value of Homer / Jennifer L. McMahon --
pt. 4. The Simpsons and the philosophers. A (Karl, not Groucho) Marxist in Springfield / James M. Wallace ; "And the rest writes itself": Roland Barthes watches The Simpsons / David L.G. Arnold ; What Bart calls thinking / Kelly Dean Jolley.
Series Title: Popular culture and philosophy, v. 2.
Responsibility: edited by William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, and Aeon J. Skoble.

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A light-hearted introduction to philosophy through the antics of the Simpsons, television's animated family. The contributors discuss the thought of key philosophers including Aristotle, Sartre and  Read more...

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