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

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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
  • Supplementary website available with teaching guides, sample materials and links to further resources at
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William Irwin is professor of Philosophy and Director of theHonors Program at King’s College in Pennsylvania. In additionto publishing in leading scholarly journals such as Philosophyand Literature and The Journal of Aesthetics and ArtCriticism, Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culturegenre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999. Irwinhas also co-edited The Simpsons and Philosophy and editedThe Matrix and Philosophy and Metallica andPhilosophy. He is currently the General Editor of the BlackwellPhilosophy and Pop Culture series.

David Kyle Johnson is assistant professor of Philosophyat King’s College in Pennsylvania. In addition to hisscholarly work on philosophy of religion, Johnson has editedHeroes and Philosophy and is also a contributor to theBlackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, having writtenchapters on South Park, Family Guy, The Office,Battlestar Galactica, and Batman. Johnson hosts apodcast on Pop Culture and Philosophy

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John Wiley & Sons
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Nov 18, 2011
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