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The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy #2)

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This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the characters. Does Homer ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 28th 2001 by Open Court (first published 2001)
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Nente It's not really trying to be funny; more like analyzing why we find the Simpsons funny, and what exactly makes for humor in general.

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Catherine Smith
Jun 10, 2008 Catherine Smith rated it really liked it
This book makes the reader realize just how witty and complex the writers of the simpsons are. alot of the public think of The Simpsons as a child/ teenage typical cartoon however, the writing that goes into these episodes is thought out very carefully. the characters represent different stereotypes in our society and comments on our world by making a bunch of diverse characters each representing a different aspect of society and seeing how they react together. along with the deeper philosophica ...more
Jose Gaona
Apr 25, 2014 Jose Gaona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-ficción
Bastante mediocre compilación de artículos en torno a ese referente cultural, que va camino de convertirse en clásico, que es "Los Simpsons". Uno tiene la sensación de que William Irwin, compilador y autor de uno de los ensayos, mantuvo una reunión de intendencia con el resto de autores, filósofos todos ellos, en la que entre cafés, rosquillas y conductas trogloditas, se repasó el orden del día, a saber: a)reparto y asignación de temáticas, b)extensión de cada uno de los ensayos, c)lista de epis ...more
Sinn
In "Die Simpsons und die Philosophie" geht es eigentlich um ganz etwas anderes als um die Philosophie hinter den Simpsons. Die Autoren der verschiedenen Essays, aus welchen dieses Buch besteht, haben allesamt ganz unterschiedliche Herangehensweisen an das Thema 'Was können wir aus den Simpsons lernen'.

Wer sich von diesem Buch also erhofft einen Blick hinter die Kulissen und in die Köpfe der Serienmacher zu bekommen, der wird davon schwer enttäuscht sein.

Wie immer, wenn unterschiedliche Schreiber
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Jesús Santana
Una de las series animadas con mayor éxito alrededor del mundo ha sido “Los Simpsons”, una serie de la que en realidad no hace falta hablar nada sobre esta tan particular familia porque de seguro todos la conocen y hasta los que no la han seguido fielmente capítulo a capítulo de seguro se han topado y visto unos cuantos de ellos, una familia con mas de veintiséis años al aire, veintisiete temporadas y ya casi 600 capítulos. Su creador Matt Groening dio en el clavo al inventar a esta familia que ...more
Michael
May 04, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
So, yesterday, while cussing out a library computer, well within earshot of an innocent bystander, sitting at her computer with a dazed, mildly insulted look on her face, I started into a rant worthy of another Francis Ford Coppola movie. Something to do with JFK, the Bar Mitzvah I never had; it all pertained, of course, to why the library's computer would not print my document. Which was, of course, user error.

So, Philosophy...you're kidding right?

Every philosophy person/student/professor I'v
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Bill Carson
May 13, 2014 Bill Carson rated it really liked it
In my personal opinion I think this book is very good. This book can be very hard to understand at times because of the big words and wordiness. This book would not be as complicated if you had a rather big vocabulary but,64 if you don't it can be smart to sometimes have a dictionary or thesaurus by your side when reading this book. This book tells you how much there is to the show The Simpsons. This book talks about how The Simpsons sometimes refer to other topics of the time when the show was ...more
German
Nov 03, 2008 German rated it liked it
This is a book of essays all written by different people. They all deal with different topics, and some are much better than others. "Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism", "The Simpsons, Hyper-Irony, and the Meaning of Life" and "Enjoying the so-called 'Iced Cream': Mr. Burns, Satan, and Happiness" are probably the ones I liked the best. Those 3 alone would have probably earned at least 4 stars, but when averaged out with rest of the book, I think it is 3 starts overall.
Sergei_kalinin
Aug 13, 2014 Sergei_kalinin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Сознаюсь в страшном: я фанат Симпсонов. Не так чтобы ФФФФАНААТ, а так - просто фанат :)

К зомбоящику я стараюсь в принципе не подходить. Но есть у меня такая сбывающаяся на 100% примета - если ткнуться наугад на канал 2Х2, и там будут Симсоны (а они частенько там бывают), то всё будет хорошо :).

Подсадила меня на Симпсонов дочка :) Но мой путь к фанатству был очень долгим. Сначала я на неё ругался: зачем она смотрит этих дурацких жёлтых, так нереалистично нарисованных, человечков. Уж лучше бы от
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Devastatingwildness
A veces divertido otras muy muy aburrido. A veces interesante otras un tostón. A veces se enrrollaban otras se explicaba cosas que no venían muy a cuento. Lo negativo casi me lleva a descartarlo, pero se ha salvado en último momento. Un punto que podría tener de negativo que es que esté escrito por muchas personas y eso haga que los capítulos sean totalmente o casi inconexos, también lo tiene de positivo pues me ha mostrado acercamientos [a esta serie, a lo popular, a lo diario también] desde di ...more
Yong Lee
Nov 28, 2014 Yong Lee rated it really liked it
The last time I read a philosophy book was my sophomore year in college. A light hearted journey through complicated philosophical themes through the Simpsons. In the end the book is a testament to the staying power of the Simpsons. It means something to everyone and it hits audiences at different levels allowing for different interpretations. Basically a little something for everyone from the high browed to the juvenile.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy #2), William Irwin (Editor), Aeon J. Skoble (Editor), Mark T. Conard (Editor)
Moloch
Guardo (e riguardo) I Simpson ormai da anni e anni, anche se ho perso le ultimissime serie su Italia1 (non guardando quasi più i canali analogici non avevo idea che stessero passando), d'altronde qualitativamente sempre più scadenti. So alcune puntate quasi a memoria. Una grande gioia è poterli vedere in lingua originale su FOX: non immaginereste mai i disastri che fa l'osceno doppiaggio italiano, specialmente negli ultimi tempi (il doppiatore di Homer stava dando segni di pazzia e di fastidiosi ...more
Clem Severino
Un libro que te hace ver la serie de los Simpson desde un punto de vista completamente diferente. De hecho, los muestra a profundidad, de una manera no sospechada, desde Maggie hasta Marge, el jefe de policías, el alcalde y varios de los personajes destacados a lo largo de sus años en la cadena televisiva. Sin duda alguna, puedo decir que es un trabajo en equipo en el que todos se tomaron su tiempo para estudiarlos y también fue una forma estratégica de ilustrarnos en el mundo de la filosofía.
Si
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Matt Mangieri
Jun 02, 2017 Matt Mangieri rated it it was amazing
Very interesting outlook on how the simpsons characters go much deeper, and how the simpsons use their different characters to display different types of people and their philosophies. Also shows the different types of humor, and why we laugh at certain things. The book was very interesting, and informative, I believe I learned a lot from it.
Enrique
May 14, 2017 Enrique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene capítulos que son brillantes, pero otros son infumables de tan densos que llegan a ser, para al final no decir nada en claro. Es lo malo de estar escrito por tantos autores. Los mejores momentos son los que muestran un concepto filosófico a través de una escena de la serie que seguro todos recordamos, como en la parte dedicada a la hipocresía. Realmente es muy pedagógico y meritorio hacerlo de esta manera. Por el contrario, los autores que sólo se centran en explicar teoría filosófica (por ...more
Eric Novelo Galicia
El problema de los libros escritos por varios autores, ya sea porque constituyen una recopilación de cuentos o una de ensayos, es que irremediablemente el pésimo trabajo de un autor va a terminar mermando la calidad de los escritos de otros. Y éste fue el caso en este libro, donde algunos ensayos destacan por sus ideas originales y buena redacción, mientras que otros se perdieron desde la primera página.

En la introducción del libro, los autores dan a entender que éste puede resultar atractivo pa
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Tercero Campos
Less philosophy than I expected. There are a lot of references and allusions to american pop culture which many I dont understand because I am Spanish.
Daniel
Feb 08, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
It's been said by many great men that everything everywhere has the capacity to teach us something. Even fools can be instructive. We may not like the teacher, but that doesn't devalue the lesson.

Well, The Simpsons is a teacher that virtually anyone could love. One of America's most subversive and enduring shows, it has long been recognized that The Simpsons is much more than a child's playground of primary colors. This is a show that marries incisive wit with low-brow sight gags, obscure cultur
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Ianmiller322
Feb 20, 2017 Ianmiller322 rated it liked it
It was a really good book, but some of the essays get kinda drawn out.
Patrice Sartor
Aug 23, 2010 Patrice Sartor rated it liked it
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Ascoyne
Jan 15, 2015 Ascoyne rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2015
Whenever my children came up with a life or ethical problem I would often refer them to a televisual example of where a character resolved that issue or where they did exactly the opposite.

A rich source of these bon mots was the Simpsons. e.g. Homer -

'If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing.'

'Here's to alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all life's problems.'

I've threatened to do an episode by episode analysis of The Simpsons laying out the life lessons (or anti-lessons) and pi
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Paul
Dec 20, 2007 Paul rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hard core Simpsons and philosophy nuts
Remember that fad of some years back when there was a slew of books covering The Tao of this... and the Tao of that? Well this is the Simpsons' marketing machine's version.

At the time, my Simpsons fandom was at its highest, i was a late-comer, and i was enamored with philosophical thought. The D'oh of Homer seemed like a book tailor made for my tastes, until i started and finished reading it that is. D'oh is not awful and like much philosophical writing, inaccessible but in retrospect i realize
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GONZA
Jul 03, 2012 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Questo libro con le pagine ovviamente gialle, l'ho comprato perchè sono un'amante dei Simpson da molti anni ormai, anche se all'inizio mi ricordo di aver affermato una boiata delle mie tipo: "sono troppo brutti per guardarli, turbano il mio senso estetico".
Fortunatamente il mio senso estetico si è evoluto nel tempo (vedi mamma perchè ho un tatuaggio e un orecchino al sopracciglio?) e ho cominciato a seguirli ed appassionarmi moltissimo ai vari episodi ed a tutti i modi possibili in cui "leggerl
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Wolfman
Jun 13, 2011 Wolfman rated it it was ok
The first half of the book was genuinely funny and engaging, not because I learned a great deal about philosophy, but because I was reminded of so many good Simpsons episodes. There were a few interesting philosophical bon mots along the way, but I never would have made it through most of them without the Simpsons references. The end of the book, as far as entertainment value, was dreadful. There were long passages where the Simpsons went unmentioned and the topics were so opaque that I could ba ...more
Mattie
Aug 21, 2007 Mattie rated it it was ok
The Simpsons and Philosophy is the second in a now lengthy series of volumes of essays centered around various icons of popular culture. I've also read one of the other volumes - Monty Python and Philosophy. Like the Monty Python collection, the Simpsons collection of essays are uneven. Some are quite interesting, some are confusing and some are just unconvincing. Unfortunately, I found the interesting ones to be in the minority. A few of these also stood in contrast to each other, so it was dou ...more
Ashley
Nov 06, 2009 Ashley rated it it was ok
While certainly not all of the essays in the book are worth reading, a few stand out: "The Simpsons and Allusion: 'Worst Essay Ever'", "Lisa and American Anti-intellectualism", and a handful of others. I used the essay on allusion in one of my college classes, and that essay was probably the most enjoyable for me. Each essay draws on philosophy to analyze different characters, themes, and ethics in the TV show. Unfortunately, writing about humor isn't very funny; the funniest passages are quotes ...more
(a)lyss(a)
Jan 13, 2017 (a)lyss(a) rated it liked it
"Homer has a number of buddies, but he does not have friends."

The more I read of the book the more I warmed up to it, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Instead of talking about the philosophy of the show, it's really an examination of various philosophical ideas as demonstrated by the Simpsons and theories about some of the characters. As a fan of the show, and someone who enjoys philosophy, I did enjoy the humor and many of the references throughout the show. But not only is this book no
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Oniria
Sep 17, 2014 Oniria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (in spanish, 'Los Simpson y la filosofía') is a book in which the philosophy and popular culture influences on the animated comedy series The Simpsons is analyzed.

This book includes contributions from 18 philosophy academics. Topics include comparisons of the show's characters, like Homer Simpson and Aristotle, or Bart Simpson and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is analyzed, for example, why the attraction to Homer is universal, explaining that his charac
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Skerikia Koli
Inconexo, descompensado. Tiene un par de capítulos interesantes (el de Bart y Nietzsche es uno de ellos) pero por lo demás deja bastante que desear. Pocas veces los temas filosóficos son presentados con claridad, y su peso en la argumentación varía demasiado de un capítulo a otro.
Por otra parte, tampoco se alude a los simpsons de la manera que parece prometerse al principio, abusándose mucho de resúmenes de episodios que cualquier fan obviaría y cualquier profano consideraría demasiado largos.
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Adam Hale
May 19, 2008 Adam Hale rated it really liked it
The Simpson’s and Philosophy is a very interesting and original book. Only a TV show as epic as the Simpson’s could have an entire book comparing the characters to real people in the outside world.
In the book they compare the characters and what the characters do to things in the real world. They look into the philosophy behind the characters and what the writers might be trying to say. They talk about Homer being a “role model”, even though he is far from it. Many of the things he does wrong a
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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.

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