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Big Lebowski and Philosophy Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom

ISBN-10: 1118074564
ISBN-13: 9781118074565
Edition: 2012
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Description: Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big LebowskiIs the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why.  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big LebowskiIs the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including: The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does The Big Lebowski illustrate the Just War Theory? How does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism? Yes, the Dude is deep, and so is this book. Don't watch the movie—or go to Lebowski Fest—without it.Explores many of The Big Lebowski's key themes, such as nihilism, war and politics, money and materialism, idealism and morality, history, and moreGives you new perspective on the movie's characters—the Dude, the Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and othersHelps you appreciate the Coen Brothers classic even more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and other philosophical heavyweights

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Acknowledgments: Thanks to Some Real Achievers
Introduction: Sometimes There’s a Film
First Round Robin: Tying It All Together, Or Not
What Would the Dude Do? Deconstructing the Dude
The Big Lebowski and Mathematical Logic
Second Round Robin: Thousands Of Years Of Philosophical Tradition, Or From Socrates To Sandy Koufax
The Dude Abides, but Does He Flourish?
�Man Down!�: Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Dude on Friendship and Solidarity
Epicurus and �Contented Poverty�: The Big Lebowski as Epicurean Parable
Buddhism, Daoism, and Dudeism
Third Round Robin: Over The Line!
Drawing a Line in the Sand: Rules of Aggression in The Big Lebowski
�That Ain’t Legal Either�: Rules, Virtue, and Authenticity in The Big Lebowski
Fourth Round Robin: Nothing To Be Afraid Of
Bowling Our Way out of Nihilism
Existentialism, Absurdity, and The Big Lebowski
Bowling, Despair, and American Nihilism
Fifth Round Robin: What Makes A Dude?
The Big Lebowski’s Oedipal Complex
In the Dude, I Abide: Being an Achiever at Lebowski Fest
�Mr. Treehorn Treats Objects Like Women, Man�: The Dude as Feminist Ally
�Well, I Do Work, Sir�: The Dude and the Value of Sloth
Sixth Round Robin: Mark It Zero!
�Am I Wrong?�: Walter’s Will to Believe
�That’s Just Like, Uh, Your Opinion, Man�: Jesus, the Dude, and Ordinary Language Philosophy
Seventh Round Robin: Livin� In The Past
Hippies, Jews, and the Philosophy of Memory
�I Don’t Roll on Shabbas!�: Jewish Identity and the Meaning of History in The Big Lebowski
Contributors: The Rest of the Dude’s Bowling Team
Index: Little of This, Little of That

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