South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today

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Robert Arp
Wiley, Feb 4, 2009 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town.

  • A smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year
  • Draws close parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of philosophy
  • Addresses the perennial questions of the show, and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode
  • Uses familiar characters and episodes to illustrate topics such as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and much more
  • makes you laugh out loud

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Review: South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #1)

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It's good. But you learn more watching the tv show. Read full review

Review: South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #1)

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This was okay. There were a bunch of essays in it so I only read a few and I even skimmed some of those. I thought this book was going to look into different episodes and discuss the ideas that are brought up in them but instead it was just using South Park examples to explain basic philosophy. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Robert Arp teaches philosophy at Southwest Minnesota State University, and his book Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, is forthcoming with MIT Press. He is also co-editor (with Francisco Ayala) of Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Biology (Blackwell, forthcoming).

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