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Seinfeld and Philosophy : A Book about Everything and Nothing - William Irwin

Seinfeld and Philosophy

A Book about Everything and Nothing

By: William Irwin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th August 1999
ISBN: 9780812694093
Number Of Pages: 224

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Designed for philosophers and general readers with no philosophical background, the essays in this lively guide are grouped into four amusing "acts." Act One looks at the four Seinfeld characters through a philosophical lens and includes "Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life?" Act Two examines historical philosophers from a Seinfeldian standpoint and offers "Plato or Nietzsche? Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld." Act Three, "Untimely Meditations by the Water Cooler, " explores philosophical issues raised by the show, such as, Is it rational for George to "do the opposite"? And Act Four, "Is There Anything Wrong with That?" discusses ethical problems of everyday life using Seinfeld as a basis.

Prefacep. ix
Monologue: Seinfeld, "The Field of Being"p. xi
The Characters, aka "The New York Four"p. 1
Jerry and Socrates: The Examined Life?p. 3
George's Failed Quest for Happiness: An Aristotelian Anaylsisp. 15
Elaine Benes: Feminist Icon or Just One of the Boys?p. 27
Kramer and Kierkegaard: Stages on Life's Wayp. 38
Seinfeld and the Philosophersp. 59
Making Something out of Nothing: Seinfeld, Sophistry, and the Taop. 61
Plato or Nietzsche?: Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeldp. 71
Seinfeld, Subjectivity, and Sartrep. 90
Wittgenstein and Seinfeld on the Commonplacep. 109
Untimely Mediations by the Water Coolerp. 119
The Costanza Maneuver: Is it Rational for George to "Do the Opposite"?p. 121
Peterman and the Ideological Mind: Paradoxes of Subjectivityp. 139
The Secret of Seinfeld's Humor: The Significance of the Insignificantp. 148
Is there Anything Wrong with That?p. 161
Seinfeld and the Moral Lifep. 163
Virtue Ethics and TV's Seinfeldp. 175
The Final Episode: Is Doing Nothing Something?p. 183
What's the deal with Episode Lists? Episode Guidep. 193
Who are these Philosophers? A Chronology of Some Big-Time Philosophersp. 199
Who are these People? Notes on the Script Writers, aka the Contributors to This Volumep. 207
Index of Everythingp. 211
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ISBN: 9780812694093
ISBN-10: 0812694090
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20th August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34