The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer

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William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, Aeon J. Skoble
Open Court, 2001 - Performing Arts - 303 pages
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This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the characters. Does Homer actually display Aristotle’s virtues of character? In what way does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The book also examines the ethics and themes of the show, and concludes with discussions of how the series reflects the work of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and other thinkers.

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Oh don't be pretentious . . . it's fun! It's also all good. The ability to relate thought and thinking not only to the issues of today, but to the contemporary inculturated expressions of that thought ... Read full review

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I was a bit worried that reading this book would ruin the Simpsons for me but I'm happy to report that I still laugh out loud every time I watch it. The essays were all vastly different - for example ... Read full review

Contents

Homer and Aristotle
7
Lisa and American Antiintellectualism
24
Why Maggie Matters Sounds of Silence East and West
35
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About the author (2001)

WILLIAM IRWIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has published several articles on theory of interpretation and aesthetics, as well as four books, including Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (Greenwood, 1999).

Mark T. Conard is assistant professor of philosophy at Marymount College. He is the series editor of The Philosophy of Popular Culture series and the editor of numerous books, including "The Philosophy of Film Noir," "The Philosophy of Neo-Noir," and "The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese,"

Aeon J. Skoble, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Bridgewater State College, is coeditor of Woody Allen and Philosophy and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer.

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