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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470603011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470603017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is Don Draper a good man?

What do Peggy, Betty, and Joan teach us about gender equality?

What are the ethics of advertising or is that a contradiction in terms?

Is Roger Sterling an existential hero?

We′re better people than we were in the sixties, right?

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the series becomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayal of the changing social and political mores of 1960s America and explore the philosophical complexities of its key characters and themes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John Kenneth Galbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophy brings the thinking of some of history′s most powerful minds to bear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency. You′ll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questions and issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism, Don Draper′s identity, and more and have lots to talk about the next time you find yourself around the water cooler.

About the Author

ROD CARVETH is an assistant professor in the department of Communications Media at Fitchburg State College.

JAMES B. SOUTH is chair of the philosophy department at Marquette University. He edited Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy and James Bond and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King′s College in Wilkes–Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Twilight and Philosophy.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Applemana2 on 17 Dec. 2010
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This delightful book serves as both an introduction to philosophical concepts and to the excellent Mad Men series. Example are drawn from the first three seasons so it's probably best that you've seen that far. There are many helpful source references on the philosophy side, but the book manages to remain accessible and self-contained.
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This is a great and thought provoking series of philosophical essays. If you love Mad Men and find yourself thinking about the whys and wherefores of the characters and the evolution of the narrative and stories, you'll enjoy reading this book, which adds to those thoughts and gives a philosophical explanation of many aspects of the series that always makes sense even when you don't necessarily entirely agree with it. whether you are well-schooled in philosophy or a beginner who'd quite like to know a bit more, you will enjoy this book. I'm somewhere between the two and enjoyed getting a better understanding of the various schools of thought while seeing different aspects of various characters. Would definitely recommend to Mad Men fans.
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The book was well thumbed ( more than I had expected)

It comprises a collection of essays written by American academics most of which seem to me to lack insight and are written as vehicles for the various writer's hobby horses. Quite readable but they don't add much, if anything, to the enjoyment or understanding of the story.

Mostly written by average kind of guys who have little or no experience relevant to the subject.
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By Cat on 10 Jun. 2013
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This book is great for the nerdy Man Men fan, the one who likes to meet friends for coffee and discuss what happened in detail in each episode!for the social observer.
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