- Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy (Book 19)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Open Court; 1st edition (March 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812695933
- ISBN-13: 978-0812695939
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think! (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – March 30, 2006
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This is a book of serious philosophical essays, written by serious philosophers, only one of whom is actually named Bruce. Of course, just because the philosophy in this volume is "serious" doesn't mean that it is not also funny. The book is filled with Pythonesque humor. (Philosophers, as a rule, are a silly bunch.) But this is real philosophy, inspired by Monty Python; it is NOT a parody of philosophy written by the Pythons.
The essays in this volume deal with philosophical issues such as: Why "The Life of Brian" is heretical, but not actually blasphemous. Why the explosion of Mr. Creosote from "The Meaning of Life" is funny, not just disgusting. What the Piston Engine sketch tells us about language and meaning. Why an Argument Clinic might actually be useful. Whether God is British (and what this implies for the eternal fate of Python fans). The feminist subtext of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". What "The Meaning of Life" tells us about transcendentalism. And much more.
The first part of the book follows the successful formula of the series by looking at a variety of examples to reflect philosophical meaning and examples in the work of Monty Python. The second part is a new direction for the series, and delves into philosophical aspects of the Python's work, and then in the third section reverses the mirror and looks at the Pythonic aspects of philosophy or trying to show how some aspects of philosophy can be viewed in a Pythonian way. It is here that the book starts to slow down. These essays admirably look at philosophical themes and how they are reflected in Python's work, using small snippets of Python to illustrate points. These essays delve deeper into philosophical writings than those in the earlier section and are tougher to get through. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing - philosophy should make us think.Read more ›
Out of all the ____ and Philosophy editions out, this is the best one yet!.. especially if you think Monty Python is at all funny. I recommend this book over any other book out there, you will not be sorry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, philosophy is hard to understand. The pythonization of concepts makes everything completely unintelligible. Bravo!Published 14 months ago by Gismo Egberti
I bought this for my children and they do really like it. Definitely creative fun and entertaining to keep young minds active.Published on September 5, 2013 by Allison Nelson
I earned my doctorate in philosophy some 40 years ago from John Hopkins University and have spent close to 30 years teaching philosophy at the college level. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
I bought this for my father. The item was in perfect condition and offered a unique take on Monty Python material.Published on April 12, 2012 by Shel Gatto
I've read a handful of the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series. They are all pretty good. I'd have to say this one fits right in. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by W. Wilder
Monty Python has a lot to say to philosophical types, as this book so ably demonstrates. The comedy troupe has never had any qualms about revealing the erudition of its members,... Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by Bookworm
After giving my son (now fifteen) the complete Monty Python library two Christmases ago, I again struck gold with this book! He laughs aloud while reading it. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by Peregrinn
As a major fan of Monty Python, I just had to read this book. I had put it off for some time, as I thought some of the essays sounded...well...boring. Yeah, I know, how could I?? Read morePublished on October 21, 2007 by Brian Bear