Arrested Development and Philosophy: They've Made a Huge Mistake

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Kristopher G. Phillips, J. Jeremy Wisnewski
John Wiley & Sons, 2012 - Performing Arts - 262 pages
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A smart philosophical look at the cult hit television show, Arrested Development

Arrested Development earned six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, critical acclaim, and a loyal cult following—and then it was canceled. Fortunately, this book steps into the void left by the show's premature demise by exploring the fascinating philosophical issues at the heart of the quirky Bluths and their comic exploits. Whether it's reflecting on Gob's self-deception or digging into Tobias's double entendres, you'll watch your favorite scenes and episodes of the show in a whole new way.

  • Takes an entertaining look at the philosophical ideas and tensions in the show's plots and themes
  • Gives you new insights about the Bluth family and other characters: Is George Michael's crush on his cousin unnatural? Is it immoral for Lindsay to lie about stealing clothes to hide the fact that she has a job? Are the pictures really of bunkers or balls?
  • Lets you sound super-smart as you rattle off the names of great philosophers like Sartre and Aristotle to explain key characters and episodes of the show

Packed with thought-provoking insights, Arrested Development and Philosophy is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about their late, lamented TV show. And it'll keep you entertained until the long-awaited Arrested Development movie finally comes out. (Whenever that is.)

 

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Contents

PART
5
Incest Naturalism
23
Freudian Arrested Development
33
Gob and the Wisdom
46
Dr Fünkes 100 Percent Natural GoodTime
61
How Not to Run a Business
73
Arrested Development
85
Social
99
Identity in Arrested Development
136
PART FOUR
149
Is Justified True Bluth Belief Knowledge?
162
PART FIVE
183
Bluth Jr and the Role of Error in Character
197
The Comedy of Contradiction
210
And Now the Story of a Wealthy Family
227
Banana Stand Employee Roster
241

of Language in Arrested Development
111
Gender Identity Sexuality
123

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About the author (2012)

KRISTOPHER G. PHILLIPS is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa.

J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an associate professor of philosophy at Hartwick College. He is the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy, The Office and Philosophy, and 30 Rock and Philosophy, and coeditor of X-Men and Philosophy and Twilight and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including House and Philosophy, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, and Mad Men and Philosophy.

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