Louis C.K. and Philosophy: You Don't Get to Be Bored

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Mark Ralkowski
Open Court, Apr 6, 2016 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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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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Contents

1 Everythings Amazing and Nobodys Happy
3
2 Sex Has Something Behind It
11
3 When to Hate and When to Be Irate
23
II Misery Is Wasted on the Miserable
37
4 On Being a Dead Person Who Hasnt Died Yet
39
5 Just Want a Shitty Body
59
6 Youre Gonna Die
69
III Raising the GrownUp Theyre Going to Be
79
15 God Started in 1983
177
VI Having a Lot of Beliefs and LIving by None of Them
187
16 Youre Not Starving
189
17 Louiss Little Believies
199
18 Believies Are Not Motivaties
211
VII Take Some Responsibility for the Shitty Words You Want to Say
223
19 The Playful Thought Experiments of Louis CK
225
20 Feminists Can Take a Joke
237

7 Because Nothing Cant Be
81
8 Should Jane Get to Be Bored?
93
9 What Fuckin Chance Does a Kid Have?
107
IV That Knowledge that Its All for Nothing and Youre Alone
119
10 On Crying Like a Bitch
121
11 Louis CKs NoBullshit Philosophy
131
12 Confronting the Forever Empty
143
V Did You Look in the Downstairs Bathroom?
155
13 Why? Why? Why?
157
14 Louis CKs God
167
21 If Youre Not White Youre Missing Out
247
VIII Of Course but Maybe
255
22 Sometimes Cartesian
257
23 Louis CK Meets the Unconscious
267
24 An Hour
277
References
287
Some Dead People Who Havent Died Yet
291
Index
297
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Mark Ralkowski: Mark Ralkowski is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Honors at The George Washington University. He is author of Plato's Trial of Athens (2016) Heidegger's Platonism (2009) and editor of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (2012) and Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude (2005).

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