- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke Paperback – May 8, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
“If you’re looking for a straight discussion of philosophy try reading Frederick Copleston’s The History of Philosophy, but if you’re open to learning in a fun environment try this book. Just remember that this book is first of all a study of philosophy geared to the non-specialist. The by-product of the book is that you will deepen your understanding of and engagement with the characters in these shows.” (Ponderings on a Faith Journey, 10 August 2012)
Top Customer Reviews
First, I was amazed by all the different applications of Aristotle. Although he was an ancient Greek philosopher living thousands of years ago, various authors made it clear that his thought is still relevant today--even in the world of The Big Bang Theory--from advanced technology use (Sayles) to the life an an eccentric mind (Littmann). That books like these demonstrate the continued relevance of philosophy to everyday life through loved and admired television, movies, and music is a testament to their value.
Second, I was pleasantly surprised how the authors were able to help me learn novel things from my favorite television show: about how parents and grown children with different worldviews might profitably interact (Lowe and Barkman/Kowalski), what grown children might do about distant or overbearing parents (Barkman), how to deal with a difficult roommate (Bock/Bock), the limitations of a completely scientific outlook (Pigluicci), the levels and meaning of friendship (Kowalski), how to more carefully think about (alleged) disabilities (Clifton), and glimpses into science and how scientists proceed with their craft (Lawhead and Jones).
True, I may have liked some essays more than others, but I found insights within each one. More importantly, this volume helped me appreciate my favorite show in new ways. In this way, it was everything I hoped for--and it made me often laugh, too.
The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy is the latest volume in an ongoing series of books that explore philosophy, an academic discipline that can be rather esoteric, abstract, and even dry (if you had my philosophy professor that is), through the lens of popular culture. Other volumes make use of South Park, Harry Potter, Arrested Development, and Twilight, just to name a few. By making use of popular culture icons, the series brings to life the kinds of questions that philosophy seeks to address - the "big questions," such as what is real and how we should behave. At the same time, this book offers something different from a typical philosophy textbook. Dean Kowalski writes: "Rarely do philosophy books explore whether comic book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, or whether they can know enough science to tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God. Rarer still are explorations into how socially awkward, Superhero-loving brainiacs meaningfully interact with down-to-earth beauties from India or the Cheesecake Factory." (p. 2).
In this volume, which utilizes The Big Bang Theory, is comprised of seventeen chapters, divided into five sections. Part One looks at Aristotle, Part Two examines ethics, Part Three looks into science and religion, while Part Four explores language and meaning, and finally in Part Five the essays look at aspects of the human experience.Read more ›
This book is different. It thakes a look at the series, using particular scenes and phrases (and letting us know from which episode it came, which is helpful) and applying them to classic philosophical ideas. It is an easy read so you do not have to be well educated yourself, just a curious thinker....and a fan of the show.
I really liked this book more than I thought I would. It makes me wonder if the writers even realize what depth lies beneath the comedy as they write.
But the book, its evenworth full, new price, and I am cheap, I dont usually say that.
This collection of seventeen brief essays by recognized thinkers uses examples and themes from The Big Bang Theory to unpack concepts in classical and modern philosophy. Rather than holding forth on some topic we feel we ought to understand because some author speaks volubly, these authors start with some interest their audience shares, building into philosophical conversation. Difficult concepts have shared, comprehensible foundations. High-minded discussions reflect our real lives.Suddenly, we're in on philosophy's joke.
Many articles focus on Sheldon Cooper, which should surprise nobody who watches this show. Sheldon's failure to comprehend basic societal conventions, or appreciate anybody as his equal, permits sweeping philosophical investigations. Janelle Pötzsch uses Sheldon's slapdash speech patterns to examine Ludwig Wittgenstein's evolving theories of language. Donna Marie Smith uses Sheldon's grudge against Wil Wheaton to question the nature of evil. W. Scott Clifton asks: are we bad people to laugh at Sheldon's obvious disability?
Other characters don't get ignored. Constantly evolving debates between the principal characters let Andrew Zimmerman Jones question what makes real science.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came in excellent condition. Interesting book so far. Easy to understand.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I decided to read this book because I am a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory and thought the book would be at least mildly entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Book Reviewer
As with other volumes in this series, there are a couple of very thoughtful and interesting essays. Conversely, there were some singularly bad essays. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer