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Big Bang Theory and Philosophy Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

ISBN-10: 1118074556
ISBN-13: 9781118074558
Edition: 2012
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Description: A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang TheoryEver wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang TheoryEver wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite Big Bang Theory characters, story lines, and ideasExamines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science, semiotics, religion, and the human conditionBrings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on The Big Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and moreEssential reading for every Big Bang Theory fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God."

Acknowledgments
Introduction: “Unraveling the Mysteries”
�It All Began On A Warm Summer�S Evening In Greece�: Aristotelian Insights
Aristotle on Sheldon Cooper: Ancient Greek Meets Modern Geek
�You’re a Sucky, Sucky Friend�: Seeking Aristotelian Friendship in The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory on the Use and Abuse of Modern Technology
�Is It Wrong To Say I Love Our Killer Robot?�: Ethics And Virtue
Feeling Bad about Feeling Good: Is It Morally Wrong to Laugh at Sheldon?
. . . But Is Wil Wheaton Evil?
Do We Need a Roommate Agreement?: Pleasure, Selfi shness, and Virtue in The Big Bang Theory
�Perhaps You Mean A Different Thing Than I Do When You Say ‘Science��: Science, Scientism, And Religion
Getting Fundamental about Doing Physics in The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon, Leonard, and Leslie: The Three Faces of Quantum Gravity
The One Paradigm to Rule Them All: Scientism and The Big Bang Theory
Cooper Considerations: Science, Religion, and Family
�I Need Your Opinion On A Matter Of Semiotics�: Language And Meaning
Wittgenstein and Language Games in The Big Bang Theory
�I’m Afraid You Couldn’t Be More Wrong!�: Sheldon and Being Right about Being Wrong
The Cooper Conundrum: Good Lord, Who’s Tolerating Whom?
The Mendacity Bifurcation
�The Human Experience That Has Always Eluded Me�: The Human Condition
Mothers and Sons of The Big Bang Theory
Penny, Sheldon, and Personal Growth through Difference
Deconstructing the Women of The Big Bang Theory: So Much More Than Girlfriends
The Episode Compendium: �Hey, It’s a Big Menu—There’s Two Pages Just for Desserts”
Contributors: �But If We Were Part of the Team . . . We Could Drink for Free in Any Bar in Any College Town”
Index: �Cornucopia . . . Let’s Make That Our Word of the Day”

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