From the Back Cover
Philosophy/Pop Culture Is being nice overrated? Are we really just selfish, base animals crawling across Earth in a meaningless existence? Would reading less and watching more television be good for you? Is House a master of Eastern philosophy or just plain rude? Dr. Gregory House is arguably the most complex and challenging antihero in the history of television, but is there more to this self–important genius than gray matter and ego? This book takes a deeper look at House to reveal the philosophical underpinnings of this popular medical drama and its cane–waving curmudgeon′s most outrageous behavior. What emerges is a remarkable character who is part Sherlock Holmes, part Socratic philosopher, part Nietzschean superman, part Taoist rhetorician, and not at all as screwed up as you might think. With everything from Aristotle to Zen, House and Philosophy takes an engaging look at everyone′s favorite misanthropic genius and his team at Princeton–Plainsboro Hospital.
About the Author
HENRY JACOBY teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles on the philosophy of mind and contributed to South Park and Philosophy. He lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kathryn, and their two cats, Bunkai and Willow. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King′s College, Pennsylvania. He has coedited The Simpsons and Philosophy and edited Seinfeld and Philosophy , The Matrix and Philosophy , and Metallica and Philosophy .