Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House

ISBN-10: 1444334530

ISBN-13: 9781444334531

Edition: 2010

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What can South Park tell us about Socrates and the nature of evil? How does The Office help us to understand Sartre and existentialist ethics? Can Battlestar Galactica shed light on the existence of God? Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture uses popular culture to illustrate important philosophical concepts and the work of the major philosophers With examples from film, television, and music including South Park, The Matrix , X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the most abstract and complex philosophical ideas become easier to grasp Features key essays from across the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, as well as helpful editorial material and a glossary of philosophical terms From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the meaning of life, this unique introduction makes philosophy as engaging as popular culture itself
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

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Robert P. Ingalls is Professor of History at the University of South Florida, and author of Point of Order: A Profile of Senator Joe McCarthy (1981) and of Urban Vigilantes in the New South: Tampa, 1882-1936 (1993). In addition he is co-author (with Louis Perez) of Tampa Cigar Workers: A Pictorial History (2003) and (with Susan Fernandez) of Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies (2006).David K. Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Florida and author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (2003). He is winner of a 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award as well as the 2005 Herbert Hoover and Randy Shilts book awards.

How to Use this Book in a Philosophy Course
What is Philosophy?
Section Introduction
Socrates and the Spirit of Philosophy
Flatulence and Philosophy: A Lot of Hot Air, or the Corruption of the Youth?
Logic and Fallacies
The Chewbacca Defense: A South Park Logic Lesson
Relativism and Truth
Wikiality, Truthiness, and Gut Thinking: Doing Philosophy Colbert-Style
Section Introduction
The Ethics of Belief
You Know, I learned Something Today: Stan Marsh and the Ethics of Belief
Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: Knowledge, Reality, and the Pit of Skepticism
The Definition of Knowledge, the Gettier Problem, and the Ethics of Belief
Adama's True Lie: Earth and the Problem of Knowledge
Section Introduction
Philosophy of Mind
Mind and Body in Zion
Personal Identity
The Many Lives of Wolverine: Memory and Personal Identity
Freedom and Determinism
Destiny in the Wizarding World
Artificial Intelligence, The Turing Test, and the Chinese Room
The Terminator Wins: Is the Extinction of the Human Race the End of People, or Just the Beginning?
Philosophy of Religion
Section Introduction
The Problem of Evil
Cartmanland and the Problem of Evil
Faith Seeking Understanding
Aquinas and Rose on Faith and Reason
Arguments for the Existence of God
"I Am an Instrument of God": Religious Belief, Atheism, and Meaning
Section Introduction
Why Be Moral?
Plato on Gyges' Ring of Invisibility: The Power of Heroes and the Value of Virtue
Virtue Ethics
The Virtues of Humor: What The Office Can Teach Us About Aristotle's Ethics
Utilitarianism and Deontology
Why Doesn't Batman Kill the Joker?
Means, Ends, and the Critique of Pure Superheroes
Challenges to Traditional Ethics
Section Introduction
Nietzschean and Marxist Critique
Metallica, Nietzsche, and Marx: The Immorality of Morality
When Machines Get Souls: Nietzsche on the Cylon Uprising
Existentialist Ethics
Being-in-The Office: Sartre, the Look, and the Viewer
Batman's Confrontation with Death, Angst, and Freedom
Feminist Critique
"You care for everybody": Cameron's Ethics of Care
Vampire Love: The Second Sex Negotiates the 21<sup>st</sup> Century
Postmodern Critique
Killing the Griffins: A Murderous Exposition of Postmodernism
Social and Political Philosophy
Section Introduction
Social Contract Theory
Lost's State of Nature
Laughter between Distraction and Awakening: Marxist Themes in The Office
The Ethics of Torture in 24: Shockingly Banal
Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race
Eastern Views
Section Introduction
Zen and the Art of Cylon Maintenance
The Sound of One House Clapping: The Unmannerly Doctor as Zen Rhetorician
The Tao of the Bat
The Meaning of Life
Section Introduction
The Theistic View
Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search for Meaning
The Socratic View
Selfish, Base Animals Crawling Across the Earth: House and the Meaning of Life
Notes on Contributors
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