Louis C.K. and Philosophy: You Don't Get to Be Bored
Open Court, Apr 6, 2016 - Philosophy - 288 pages
Charlie Rose has called Louis C.K. “the philosopher-king of comedy,” and many have detected philosophical profundity in Louis’s comedy, some of which has been watched tens of millions of times on YouTube and elsewhere. Louis C.K. and Philosophy is designed to help Louis’s fans connect the dots between his pronouncements and living philosophical themes.
Twenty-five philosophers examine the wisdom of Louis C.K. from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The chapters draw upon C.K.’s standup comedy, the show Louie, and C.K.’s other writings. There is no attempt to fit Louis into one philosophical school; instead the authors bring out the diverse aspects of the thought of Louis C.K.
One writer looks at the different meanings of C.K.’s statement, “You’re gonna be dead way longer than you were alive.” Another explores how Louis knows when he’s awake and when he’s dreaming, taking a few tips from Descartes. One chapter shows the affinity of C.K.’s “sick of living this bullshit life” with Kierkegaard’s “sickness unto death.” Another pursues Louis’s thought that we may by our lack of moral concern “live a really evil life without thinking about it." C.K.'s religion is "apathetic agnostic," conveyed in his thought experiment that God began work in 1982.
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15 God Started in 1983
VI Having a Lot of Beliefs and LIving by None of Them
16 Youre Not Starving
17 Louiss Little Believies
18 Believies Are Not Motivaties
VII Take Some Responsibility for the Shitty Words You Want to Say
19 The Playful Thought Experiments of Louis CK
20 Feminists Can Take a Joke
7 Because Nothing Cant Be
8 Should Jane Get to Be Bored?
9 What Fuckin Chance Does a Kid Have?
IV That Knowledge that Its All for Nothing and Youre Alone
10 On Crying Like a Bitch
11 Louis CKs NoBullshit Philosophy
12 Confronting the Forever Empty
V Did You Look in the Downstairs Bathroom?
13 Why? Why? Why?
14 Louis CKs God
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