Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

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Jacob M. Held
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 16, 2011 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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Since Theodor Geisel published his first children's book in 1937 under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, children and adults alike have been captivated by the charming and laconic tales of whimsical characters and imaginative worlds. But Dr. Seuss' stories are more than just catchy poems; they often wrestle with serious philosophical and moral dilemmas, whether it is Horton discovering the very essence of life or the Lorax teaching us about morality. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy explores philosophical concepts such as the nature of the good life in Oh, the Places You'll Go!, the nature of knowledge in McElligot's Pool, postmodernity in On Beyond Zebra, business and the environment in The Lorax, and moral character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, among many others. Anyone who loves Dr. Seuss or is interested in philosophy will find this book to be intriguing and enlightening.

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User Review  - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing

If I was a philosophy major, I would be having a blast with this book. As it is, it gets me thinking and contemplating and considering what Dr. Suess books I should read that perhaps I haven't read ... Read full review

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Because you don't get the whole book for free in my mind that's called a rib off

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About the author (2011)

Jacob M. Held is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas. He has written extensively on philosophy and popular culture, having coedited James Bond and Philosophy and contributed to volumes on the Beatles, South Park, and Watchmen, to name a few.

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