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The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #35)

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Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski Is 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 ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published April 13th 2012)
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kori
Sep 20, 2013 kori rated it really liked it
Mixing popular culture and basic philosophy is an idea of pure genius and having finished this, I believe there is even less sense in the existence of high-school philosophy and psychology textbooks than when I actually had to read them.
Oliver Ho
Oct 08, 2014 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of brief essays. My favourites were the ones that examined elements of the movie as examples of existentialist thought and art. Maybe it's the short essay format, or my state of mind while I read this, but for some reason I made a heck of a lot of highlights--more than I could actually fit into this page:



The key here is that particular acts are not right (or wrong), in and of themselves, but only insofar as they constitute an exercise of virtue (or vice). Accordingly,
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Charles
Nov 05, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it
If you love the movie, you'll love this book. Great insight and smart people talking about the characters we love. As fans know, there is a lot to unpack in this movie.
Brian
Jan 30, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
This is a pretty good look at The Big Lebowski and its themes. Pretty good overall.


The bad with a off-topic (but not really) stuff (Optional Reading): I've read "Seinfeld and Philosophy" and that and this book have one thing that erks me. In Seinfeld and Philosophy, all the big characters are presented often as losers and horrible people. George, whom I always viewed as one of the most interesting and more of the common man is non-stop called a total loser. If I remember correctly, there was act
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Rob
Sep 10, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
Ultimately, this is the kind of book that appeals to a very small demographic. Sure, I happen to be a huge Coen brothers fan with a penchant for philosophizing, so it worked for me. I don't think there are many people I know that I could recommend this to, however. I did love the ideas thrown around in the book, but I have to wonder if this is an example of critics reading into the text too much. I know the Coens are smart, but I couldn't help but feel like one of those kids who sits in English ...more
Craig Williams
May 24, 2013 Craig Williams rated it liked it
After having read this and I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski, I now know more about The Big Lebowski than a person could, or should, know... not that I'm complaining! I love the movie so much, otherwise I wouldn't bother reading books that pontificate on the philosophical perspectives of the film, which this book manages to do rather well, although it began to feel redundant after awhile. The more I read the book, the more I just wanted to watch the movie again instead. Fortunately, the chapters ...more
Chris
Jul 06, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
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unbelievably good. though the essays here are still somewhat tongue-in-cheek, for the most part they are serious/scholarly philosophical texts about the meaning of the big lebowski. almost all of them were great (minus the one about "the dude as a feminist ally" in particular), but the chapter about the big lebowski's Oedipal complex was mind-blowing. as ridiculous as the premise seems to be at first, i can't help but feel that this essay is the most believable and convincing of them all. i ...more
Pat
Sep 28, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok
A series of essays using the characters and storyline of "The Big Lebowski" as illustrations. Humorous in spots, and even informative for those who are not philosophy wonks, but so very repetitive in story points and quotations from the movie that the whole thing just got annoying and boring about half way through. Unless you are utterly fanatical about all things Lebowski, pass this one up.
Genesis Barnes
Jun 01, 2014 Genesis Barnes rated it really liked it
A solid collection of essays covering the gamut of Lebowski-related philosophical topics ranging from nihilism to existentialism. This book provides an enlightening and zesty mind limbering exercise that I would challenge any Lebowski fan to undertake. At the very least, it can certainly tie a bookshelf together...
Phil Barney
Aug 18, 2014 Phil Barney rated it really liked it
A thorough reaction philosophically to the big lebowski. Lots of big words here and some common and even obscure philosophies. A good read to do if you're a regular watcher of the film.
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- B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.

- Dissertation "Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism," Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp. Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy.

- Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996. Presidential Fell
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