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- Reunites the editors of Star Trek and Philosophy with Starfleet's finest experts for thirty-one new, highly logical essays - Features a complete examination of the Star Trek universe, from the original series to the most recent films directed by J. J.Show more
Comedian-philosophers from Socrates to Sartre have always prodded and provoked us, critiquing our most sacred institutions and urging us to examine ourselves in the process. In Saturday Night Live and Philosophy, a star-studded cast of philosophers takes a close look at the 'deep thoughts' beneath the surface of NBC's award-winning late-night variety show and its hosts' zany antics. In this book, philosophy and comedy join forces, just like the Ambiguously Gay Duo, to explore the meaning of life itself through the riffs and beats of the subversive parody that gives the show its razor-sharp wit and undeniable cultural and political significance. Our guest hosts raise some eyebrows with questions like: ● Is Weekend Update Fake News? ● Does SNL upset dominant paradigms or trap us in political bubbles? ● When it comes to SNL, how can we tell the difference between satire, smart-assery, and seriousness? ● Is the Ladies Man too stupid for moral responsibility? ● What is the benefit of jokes that cause outrage? ● The Church Lady has a bad case of moral superiority. How about you?Show more
Take a magic carpet ride through Disney's wonderful world of films and entertainment experiences, and discover the wisdom within its most popular and enduring stories. Philosophy begins in wonder, and there's no question that Disney's immersive worlds and iconic characters have enchanted generations of children and adults alike, inviting us to escape the mundane into a world of fantasy, imagination, and infinite possibility. In Disney and Philosophy, essays from thirty-two deep-thinking Disneyphiles chart a course through the philosophical world of Disney, tapping into the minds of the great sages of the ages-Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Descartes, and Goofy-to explore universal questions of freedom, personal identity, morality, family, and friendship: Can Sleeping Beauty know that she's not dreaming? Does turning our emotions and memories 'inside out' tell us who we are? What can Toy Story and Wall-E teach us about being human? Is hakuna matata really such a problem-free philosophy? If you've ever asked who you are, what is right, or what your purpose is, Disney and Philosophy will spark your curiosity and imagination with a whole new world of unexpected insight into the Magic Kingdom.Show more
Die Simpsons und die Philosophie Homer Simpson hat selbst einmal gesagt: 'Cartoons haben keine tiefere Bedeutung. Es sind nur doofe Zeichnungen, die auf billige Lacher aus sind.' Und auch hier irrt der liebe Homer mal wieder. Ein paar clevere Gelehrte haben sich ein Herz gefasst und mit diesem Buch bewiesen, welche Weisheit in den Simpsons steckt. Zugleich führen die gesammelten Essays in Grundfragen der Philosophie ein: Wieso verkörpert Homer dennoch die aristotelischen Tugenden? Weshalb erfahren wir von Maggie den Wert des Schweigens? Warum ist Bart das Individuum, vor dem uns Nietzsche warnen wollte? Darüber hinaus lernen wir den Marxismus in Springfield kennen, analysieren die Undefinierbarkeit des Glücks bei Mr. Burns und sehen die Simpsons mit den Augen von Roland Barthes.Show more
The Matrix conveys the horror of a false world made of nothing but perceptions. Based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces, it is one of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood. These thought-provoking essays by the same team of young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it? Other chapters address issues of religion, lifestyle, pop culture, the Zeitgeist, the nature of mind and matter, and the reality of fiction.Show more