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House and Philosophy by Henry Jacoby
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Nov 08, 2011

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bookshelves: nonfiction, movies-and-tv
Read from November 29 to December 21, 2011

I've read a few of these pop-culture essay books in the last few years, and House and Philosophy is better organized and more focused than most. Instead of just letting a bunch of experts and semi-celebrities ramble on about whatever topic they please, Jacoby uses the familiar characters of House, MD as a touchstone from which to introduce key philosophical theories on humanity, reason, ethics, and virtue. It's practically a Philosophy 101 primer with occasional snark.

The book was produced just after Season 3 (before the advent of Olivia Wilde and the appropriate worship thereof). One weakness is that the authors of the different chapters must not have compared notes, since they reference the same handful of episodes (and explain what happened in them) again and again and again. Some of the contributors remembered that a book like this is meant to be fun, but others weren't quite capable of escaping from dry philoso-speak. Still, for the non-philosophy students out there it's an interesting and brain-expanding read.
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