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Can you approach Philosophy by watching the Simpsons?

Can you approach Philosophy by watching the Simpsons?

Can you approach Philosophy by watching the Simpsons?

Posted by Florina Gherasim on 15 April 2013

Can you approach Philosophy by watching the Simpsons? The answer is a collection of short essays edited by William Irwin, Mark T. Conard and Aeon J. Skoble and collected in a book entitled : “The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh! of Homer”.

By comparing the personalities of the characters of the famous animated sitcom created by Matt Groening to the ideas of great Philosophers and Freethinkers of different Ages, the authors lead us in a journey through Philosophy. So we will find out that Bart Simpson represents the personification of Friedrich Nietzsche’s nihilist ideal, that Marge’s behavior is the concrete fulfillment of the Aristotelian Virtue Ethics, that Springfield’s mentality is the result of a deconstructivist approach to reality and so on…

Paradoxes and exaggerations of Springfield inhabitants’ everyday life are analyzed from a different perspective and the reader, who was laughing at the Simpsons’ misadventures, suddenly realizes that the representation of the charachters’ everyday life is not very different from real life episodes reported in the newspapers, or what he himself experienced personally. Their feelings, their opportunism, their contradictions are the same as ours, and through this book – which is halfway between Philosophy and Entertainment – we realize that The Simpsons world reflects reality by abstracting it, distilling it and presenting it back to us, illuminating it more brightly than realist fiction can.

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