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Title The Simpsons and philosophy : the d'oh! of Homer / edited by William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, and Aeon J. Skoble.

Published Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  100 SIMP    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 303 pages ;c23 cm.
Series Popular culture and philosophy ; v. 2.
Popular culture and philosophy ; v. 2.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Meditations on Springfield? 1 -- Part I Characters 5 -- 1. Homer and Aristotle / Raja Halwani 7 -- 2. Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism / Aeon J. Skoble 25 -- 3. Why Maggie Matters: Sounds of Silence, East and West / Eric Bronson 34 -- 4. Marge's Moral Motivation / Gerald J. Erion, Joseph A. Zeccardi 46 -- 5. Thus Spake Bart: On Nietzsche and the Virtues of Being Bad / Mark T. Conard 59 -- Part II Simpsonian Themes 79 -- 6. Simpsons and Allusion: "Worst Essay Ever" / William Irwin, J.R. Lombardo 81 -- 7. Popular Parody: The Simpsons Meets the Crime Film / Deborah Knight 93 -- 8. Simpsons, Hyper-Irony, and the Meaning of Life / Carl Matheson 108 -- 9. Simpsonian Sexual Politics / Dale E. Snow, James J. Snow 126 -- Part III I Didn't Do It: Ethics and The Simpsons 145 -- 10. Moral World of the Simpson Family: A Kantian Perspective / James Lawler 147 -- 11. Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family / Paul A. Cantor 160 -- 12. Springfield Hypocrisy / Jason Holt 179 -- 13. Enjoying the so-called "Iced Cream": Mr. Burns, Satan, and Happiness / Daniel Barwick 191 -- 14. Hey-diddily-ho, Neighboreenos: Ned Flanders and Neighborly Love / David Vessey 202 -- 15. Function of Fiction: The Heuristic Value of Homer / Jennifer L. McMahon 215 -- Part IV Simpsons and the Philosophers 233 -- 16. A (Karl, not Groucho) Marxist in Springfield / James M. Wallace 235 -- 17. "And the Rest Writes Itself": Roland Barthes Watches The Simpsons / David L. G. Arnold 252 -- 18. What Bart Calls Thinking / Kelly Dean Jolley 269.
Summary No less an authority than Homer Simpson himself has declared: "Cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh." Don't have a cow, man. Here comes a squadron of erudite scholars with the guts to challenge even Homer's pessimistic view of his family's historic plight.
Does Homer Simpson really exhibit Aristotelian virtues? Can we learn from Maggie about the value of silence? Is Bart the kind of individual Nietzsche was trying to warn us about? How does Lisa illuminate American ambivalence toward intellectuals?
Here we can find out about irony and the meaning of life, the politics of the nuclear family, Marxism in Springfield, the elusiveness of happiness, popular parody as a form of tribute, and why we need animated TV shows. As if all that weren't enough, this book actually contains the worst philosophy essay ever.
Now that we have The Simpsons and Philosophy, we can all rub our hands together and say, in a slow, sinister, breathy voice: "Excellent..."
Other author Skoble, Aeon J.
Irwin, William, 1970-
Conard, Mark T., 1965-
Subject Simpsons (Television program) -- Miscellanea.
Philosophy -- Miscellanea.
ISBN 0812694333 (alk. paper)
0812694333 (paperback)