South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today

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Robert Arp
Wiley, Feb 4, 2009 - Philosophy - 256 pages
18 Reviews
If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town.

  • A smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year
  • Draws close parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of philosophy
  • Addresses the perennial questions of the show, and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode
  • Uses familiar characters and episodes to illustrate topics such as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and much more
  • makes you laugh out loud

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Review: South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #1)

User Review  - Marcus Solberg - Goodreads

Some interesting philosophical concepts explained, but didn't connect very well at all with South Park. Also, the authors sense of humor (trying to be funny all the time) was terrible and at times made the book really painful to read. Read full review

Review: South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #1)

User Review  - Dave Sippel - Goodreads

Personally I found this book to be entertaining but informative. If you are not a fan or South Park, then this definitely wont be something for you. Many episodes from the TV show are referenced, as ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Robert Arp teaches philosophy at Southwest Minnesota State University, and his book Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, is forthcoming with MIT Press. He is also co-editor (with Francisco Ayala) of Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Biology (Blackwell, forthcoming).

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