Seinfeld and Philosophy A Book about Everything and Nothing

ISBN-10: 0812694090
ISBN-13: 9780812694093
Edition: 2000
Authors: William Irwin
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Description: This collection uses episodes of the hit US TV show Seinfeld to introduce important concepts in philosophy. Some essays are devoted to single characters, while others explore philosophical issues raised by the show.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

This collection uses episodes of the hit US TV show Seinfeld to introduce important concepts in philosophy. Some essays are devoted to single characters, while others explore philosophical issues raised by the show.

Preface
Monologue: Seinfeld, "The Field of Being"
The Characters, aka "The New York Four"
Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life?
George's Failed Quest for Happiness: An Aristotelian Anaylsis
Elaine Benes: Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys?
Kramer and Kierkegaard: Stages on Life's Way
Seinfeld and the Philosophers
Making Something out of Nothing: Seinfeld, Sophistry, and the Tao
Plato or Nietzsche?: Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld
Seinfeld, Subjectivity, and Sartre
Wittgenstein and Seinfeld on the Commonplace
Untimely Mediations by the Water Cooler
The Costanza Maneuver: Is it Rational for George to "Do the Opposite"?
Peterman and the Ideological Mind: Paradoxes of Subjectivity
The Secret of Seinfeld's Humor: The Significance of the Insignificant
Is there Anything Wrong with That?
Seinfeld and the Moral Life
Virtue Ethics and TV's Seinfeld
The Final Episode: Is Doing Nothing Something?
What's the deal with Episode Lists? Episode Guide
Who are these Philosophers? A Chronology of Some Big-Time Philosophers
Who are these People? Notes on the Script Writers, aka the Contributors to This Volume
Index of Everything

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