The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – 15 Mar 2001
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No doubt Aristotle just rolled over in his grave on the release of The Simpsons and Philosophy. An essay called "Homer and Aristotle" would appear to be a treatise on two ancient Greek thinkers; in this case, it is a depiction of Homer Simpson's Aristotelian virtues. Raja Halwani's "Homeric" essay is amusing though and moreover it actually ends up being enlightening, especially for those just learning Aristotle's ethics. Bart may be a Nietzschean without knowing it, Mr Burns is a cipher for unhappiness (except when he eats "so-called 'iced-cream'"), and Ned Flanders raises questions about neighbourly love. The book has a lot to say about the Simpsons and even more to say about philosophy.
The Simpsons and Philosophy collects 18 essays into an unpretentious, tongue-in-cheek and surprisingly intelligent look at philosophy through the lens of Matt Groening's vaunted animated series. The editors are quick to point out that they don't think "The Simpsons is the equivalent of history's best works of literature--but it nevertheless is just deep enough and certainly funny enough, to warrant serious attention". The writers of the book are mostly professional philosophers and they are appropriately erudite. But what is truly astonishing, even for a confessed Simpsons addict, is their breadth of Simpsons knowledge, spanning all 12 seasons of the show's history. The Simpsons and Philosophy is obviously not intended to be a turning point in modern thought but it is an excellent introduction to some core elements of philosophy. --Eric de Place
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it has been more helpful than the other philosphy books i bought, it identifies characters as examples of theories and makes it plain and simple, something that other books don't do.
it is a wicked interesting read, for fans of the simpsons and for philosophy students, constantly interestng too, and with quotes and examples from the show's characters you'll find yourself laughing as much as you did when you first saw the show....
But these Philosophers have proved all the scepticists wrong with a really good book.
It is a compilation of Essays done by various people looking at the different simpsons characters and discussing them in a truly intersting way.
Simpsons fan's should buy this book as it is really intersting to read about your favourite fictional Characters this way. Philosophers shhould buy this book as it is different to see all this knowledge applied to a TV cartoon.
In short, Buy this book!
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