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PostSubject: The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer   Fri 25 Dec 2009, 11:19 pm

No doubt Aristotle just rolled over in his grave. An essay called
"Homer and Aristotle" would appear to be a treatise on two ancient
Greek thinkers; in this case, it's 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 neighborly love. The Simpsons and Philosophy has a lot
to say about The Simpsons, and even more to say about philosophy. The
book 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

Author(s):William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, Aeon J. Skoble (Editors)
Publisher: Open Court
Date : 2001
Pages : 256
Format : pdf
Size : 8 Mb
Quality : good
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0812694333

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PostSubject: Re: The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer   Sat 26 Dec 2009, 10:19 am

I bet THIS is gonna be interesting!
Thanks for all the great new material IP.
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