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11-03-2009 @ 10:37AM
I've actually read The Simpsons and Philosophy and the introduction makes an important distinction - the essays in the book are linking philosophy to the Simpsons, NOT the other way around. It's a big difference as I sincerely doubt any of it was intended by Groening and all in the production of the TV series. Some of the book involves the question of whether Homer displays Aristotlean virtues, whether Bart and Nietschze's beliefs are similar, Ned Flander's religious nature, greed and Mr Burns and Lisa as the unpopular intellect.If this WOW book is truly linking the two together, and not taking itself *too* seriously, then I think that's a good thing, absolutely everyone should read up on philosophy.
11-03-2009 @ 11:57AM
I've read, and own, other books of this series: Monty Python, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, Serenity (Firefly), The Matrix, and maybe one or two others. Most of the essays are interesting and a fun read, if you know somewhat about philosophy. My husband (who has a minor is philosophy) loves them. The essays really are about taking philosophical ideas and applying them to situations in the various settings, to both discover why we like the settings and their themes, and to postulate what various philosophers' interpretations of the settings/stories might be, if the philosophers were alive today.
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