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Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

J. Jeremy Wisnewski
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Family Guy and Philosophy brings together low-brow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and high-brow philosophical reflection to deliver an outrageously hilarious and clever exploration of one of TV’s most unrelenting families. Ok, it’s not that high-brow.

  • A sharp, witty and absurd exploration of one of television’s most unrelenting families, the stars of one of the biggest-selling TV series ever on DVD, now in its fourth season
  • Tackles the perennial positions of Family Guy at the same time as contemplating poignant philosophical issues
  • Takes an introspective look at what this show can teach us about ethics, ego, religion, death, and of course, time-travel
  • Considers whether Family Guy is really a vehicle for conservative politics, and whether we should be offended by the show, as well as diving into the philosophy of the cast

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Maddening in its irreverent audacity, this book reminds me of an old girlfriend: iconoclastic and argumentative, occasionally insane but always entertaining, with a soul of which Stewie could be proud. I couldn t pull myself away!
Dave Baggett, editor of Harry Potter and Philosophy and Hitchcock and Philosophy<!––end––>

This book doesn t make any sense to me whatsoever, which obviously means it s brilliant.
Joey Green, author of The Bathroom Professor: Philosophy on the Go

"Author cooks up a big bowl of philosophy stew while exposing the Family Guy for what it is; a beacon of post–modernism."

It is a rare opportunity to philosophically deconstruct life′s absurdities . We can laugh in the face of life′s troublesome ideas and attempt to understand them. Associated Content

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That s right. We ve done it. We ve brought together lowbrow, potty–mouthed, cartoon humor and highbrow philosophical reflection. Ok, it s not that highbrow, but the results are outrageously delicious. In Family Guy and Philosophy we tackle the perennial positions of the show and contemplate a little philosophy to boot!

Is Family Guy really a vehicle for conservative politics? What s so funny about dysfunctional families? Should we all be offended by the show? This book gathers original essays from premier philosophers to get behind the punchlines and find out what we re really laughing at. And of course we dive into the philosophy of the cast as well, asking the important questions, like: What the hell is wrong with Stewie? Who is more human, Peter or Brian? Is Lois a feminist? Is there anything virtuous about Quagmire?

Family Guy and Philosophy takes an introspective look at what this show can teach us about the ego, ethics, religion, death, and of course, time–travel, and delivers a merciless exploration of one of TV s most unrelenting families.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1953 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002M3SVDG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected, but surprising 20 April 2013
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this is a really small paperback, which is really surprising to me, i wasn't expecting it it be a5 and with no pictures, but after reading it, it gives a really good insight into all the characters of family guy, and it gives a good understanding of why certain characters are like what they're like. i really good book especially if your into character design, gives some flesh on the bones to the "id, ego and super-ego"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of family guy?? Really??? YESS! :) 2 Dec. 2012
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Firstly, I am a HUGE family guy fan. i love all the episodes and I love McFarlane! When I found out this book existed, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I will mention a few things first. Before you buy it make sure you ARE a fairly good fan as the writers refer to various episodes (mainly from season 3/4). It really is an entertaining and awesome book with an essay for every character. I am personally a Stewie and Quagmire fan so it was interesting to see Quagmire described in a more positive way (as an optimist) and Stewie linked to the seven deadly sins.

Obviously, don't buy it if you're not fond of reading because I wasn't joking when I said essays. They're not like miniature character profiles. Plus, there are no pictures.
In all honesty, any family guy fan will love this I think. I'll admit, there are a few essays when you think, "well, duh! I already knew that about X character or Y character!" but it is an entertaining read, and not as mind-boggling as it says on the cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK ish 12 Aug. 2013
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If you are one of the sad losers who considers that Family guy is a suitable subject for a university essay then you should be able to rip loads of this book off for it. for a Family Guy fan its actually pretty boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable look at a funny show 3 Mar. 2009
By J. Davis - Published on
Any intelligent fan of Family Guy will enjoy this book. They will also learn a lot about philosophy. Ever heard of William Clifford? You will if you read Family Guy and Philosophy. Is Peter's Church of the Fonze a real religion? Is Brian more of a person than Peter? Is FG a ripoff of the Simpsons? All these questions and others are discussed in this delightful book. Well worth it at the paperback price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin Sweet! 10 Jun. 2011
By Ashley - Published on
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I ordered this book thinking it looked both interesting and humorous. As a Family Guy fan, I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed this book. The essays are witty, funny, and intelligent. There are references to the psychological and societal aspects of Family Guy as well.

I read this book in two sittings. I just devoured it. If you are a Family Guy fan who just knows there's something more going on in the show THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! These essays give so much insight and I couldn't have been more pleased with the essays themselves.

Ignore the reviewer who read 5 pages (why even review or buy the book for that matter?) and the reviewer who said the title is misleading (really?! READ the title!)

Get this book. It's fun and smart! Yeah I just called Family Guy smart. WHAT THE DEUCE!?!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferdinand Starbuck's Review 1 Jan. 2008
By Ferdinand L. Starbuck - Published on
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book either but I'm so glad I did! It's really funny and some of his views are pretty interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aewsome! Great help and huge resource for my report. 17 Mar. 2009
By P. Limudomporn - Published on
At first I was struggled to started my report on 'Family Guy and gender issues' since it seems no any academic work I know, but after I purchased this book and read it, it gives a huge resource and great help for me. Furthermore, ideas are sparks every chapter I read.

Now, I am in progress of my report and this book is one of my references.

I'd recommend this book to Family Guy fans, Family Guy audiences or everyone who watch Family Guy! It's awesome enough to own one of it!

P.S. If you don't think this book is good, borrow from your friend who has it and it is not too late to say "Guilty" as Peter done after injected gay gene on "Family Gay" episode when you found yourself enjoy this book so much.

P.P.S. (as Stewie done in "Road to Europe") This depends on conditions of person.
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical Fun 11 Nov. 2012
By Steven M Latour - Published on
I really enjoyed this book. It again proves that meaning can be found anywhere. I think this is a great way to sneak some heady thoughts into those who wouldn't typically go for a book with "philosophy" in the title. Great for those who need to be tricked into learning.
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