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The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – February 28, 2001
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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
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It is a fun read for those who are interested in such things as both philosophy and The Simpsons, but I stress BOTH. You don't need a philosophy degree to read it, but you should have some interest in/and grounding in philosophy. Similarly, you should have a solid grasp of the Simpsons show, and the characters. I think this would be a bit dry for the casual Simpsons fan and bit lightweight for the ultra philosophical. But just right for a lot of us, and fun to read to boot!
Some of the chapters include:
Homer and Aristotle
Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism
Thus Spake Bart: On Nietzche and the Vitues of Being Bad
Enjoying the So-Called "Iced Cream": Mr. Burns, Satan, and Happiness
I had a very good time reading this book, and I do wish I had owned it while I was in college. It might have helped me digest Roland Barthes a little easier. Enjoy!
You're not going to find significant philosophical breakthroughs in this book, and you won't find deep insights by watching "The Simpsons," but as a companion to the show, this book will shed new light on the characters and situations found throughout the series.
Mostly, I would recommend this book to anyone taking a first-year philosophy course who wants to see how philosophy can make fun things more profound, and profound things more fun. Yes, there is fun to be had in serious academia -- it should not all be dry and boring. Irwin has collected a number of papers that make for philosophical fun for all.
This is the 2nd book I read in the Philosophy and Popular Culture series, after the recently released The Matrix and Philosophy. Compared to the essays collected in that book, the essays here are much less profound and much less relevant to the stated subject. A few of the essays in The Matrix and Philosophy really have nothing to do with The Matrix, and probably 4-8 of the 18 essays in The Simpsons and Philosophy would be just as good without any Simpsons references, which suggests that they're really not about The Simpsons at all.Read more ›
Many Americans regard the popularity of the long-running hit animated series, The Simpsons, as evidence of the demise of American values and intellectualism. This collection of philosophical essays about Springfield proves that not only is this view incorrect, but perhaps narrow-minded as well. The Simpsons is not a cartoon for children, but rather a satire of society in general. The authors choose topics that arise from various episodes of the series, and use these stories to elucidate important philosophical concepts for the reader.
My favorite essay concerns Lisa Simpson, and the contrasts between her portrayals of an intellectual but still a little girl. The essay helped me understand better the concept of intellectualism in American society, and also Lisa's role on the show.
Overall, this book is a humorous, off-kilter look at what is perhaps the funniest (and maybe even most intellectual!) show on television today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can you say about the greatest tv show ever. It's MAD or steroids and better.Published 17 months ago by Anthony Pierulla
This is a cheap attempt to review The Simpsons in the context of philosophical models. It's neither funny nor insightful and simply takes a few philosophical models and tags... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Floccinaucinihilipilification
I have always enjoyed the Simpsons and the philosophy of the show and I recommend this for any Simpsons fan.Published on June 5, 2013 by TechGeek
Sucked, it was terrible didn't teach me anything new just terrible I do not recommend it at all terrible booPublished on December 15, 2012 by wyatt george surprenant
The Simpsons and Philosphy, is an interesting look into not only the ficticious characters of Springfield, but as a reflection on American life as well. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Roger N.
What this book does is pure genius. It takes the complex world of philosophy and the comical world of the Simpsons, and fuses the two. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Brady
Guess I didn't read the review thoroughly because I bought this for high school students to read and its level is way above what I expected to be interesting and engaging.Published on July 8, 2010 by Swamped
Bought this for my Simpson's fanatic boyfriend and he loved it! Great gift idea for the Simpsons fan in your life.Published on March 17, 2010 by S. Marsh