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

Contents

Oh the Places Youll Go The Examined Happy Life
1
My Troubles Are Going to Have Troubles with Me SchopenhauerPessimism and Nietzsche
15
Gertrude McFuzz Shouldve Read Marx or Sneetches of the World Unite
29
Socratic Seuss Intellectual Integrity and TruthOrientation
41
Neither Here nor There nor Anywhere?
53
McElligots Pool Epistemology with Fish
65
On Beyond Modernity or Conrad and a Postmodern Alphabet
79
From There to Here from Here to There Diversity Is Everywhere
93
The Grinchs Change of Heart Whodunit?
147
Thidwick the BigHearted Bearer of Property Rights
159
Rebellion in SalamaSond The Social Contract and a Turtle Named Mack
167
Whose Egg Is It Really? Property Rights and Distributive Justice
179
Business Ethics the Company and Its Stakeholders
191
Speaking for Business Speaking for Trees Business and Environment in The Lorax
207
Dr Seuss Meets Philosophical Aesthetics
219
Notes
231

What Would You Do If Your Mother Asked You? A Brief Introduction to Ethics
103
Horton Hears You Too Seuss and Kant on Respecting Persons
119
Pragmatist Ethics with John Dewey Horton and the Lorax
133
Index
249
Author Biographies
257
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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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