The Simpsons and Philosophy collects 18 essays into an unpretentious, tongue-in-cheek and surprisingly intelligent look at philosophy through the lens of Matt Groening's vaunted animated series. The editors are quick to point out that they don't think "The Simpsons is the equivalent of history's best works of literature--but it nevertheless is just deep enough and certainly funny enough, to warrant serious attention". The writers of the book are mostly professional philosophers and they are appropriately erudite. But what is truly astonishing, even for a confessed Simpsons addict, is their breadth of Simpsons knowledge, spanning all 12 seasons of the show's history. The Simpsons and Philosophy is obviously not intended to be a turning point in modern thought but it is an excellent introduction to some core elements of philosophy. --Eric de Place --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Bought as a gift for my husband who loves the Simpsons and learning about Philosophy! He was very happy to get it and enjoyed the book.Published 15 months ago by Lisa
I am a fan of this series in general - particularly this volume, the one on the Matrix, and the one on the Lord of the Rings - and I avidly await the upcoming volume on philosophy... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2008 by Jack Blatant
I don't usually write reviews (OK never), but I read this book and it killed me. Some of it was just plain bad; I got the feeling that the editor didn't have the heart to tell his... Read morePublished on April 5 2004
This book was less about how philosophy relates to the Simpsons than it was how the Simpsons relate to philosophy. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
If you love the simpsons and think you can handle a book at this reading level then buy it for Willie's sake. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by sean
If you are a student of philosophy and know what logical positivism is and who Immanuel Kant was, then you will enjoy this. If you are just a Simpsons buff, probably not.Published on April 7 2003
If you ever wonder exactly what all those deep thinkers are really saying, but don't want to plow through their self congratulatory language, and you like the Simpsons, this is the... Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by Kevin Fontenot
I got this book for Christmas and I read the first five essays in two days, it was a very good read. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003 by Darrell Fawley, III