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Popular Culture & Philosophy #81: How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy: Being and Awesomenessby Lorenzo Von Matterhorn
Synopses & Reviews
Like philosophy itself, How I Met Your Mother has everyone thinking. Have you ever wondered why you identify so strongly with Barney despite the fact that hes such a douche? Or why your life story doesnt make sense until you know the ending—or at least, the middle? Or where the Bro Code came from and why its so powerful? How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy answers all these questions and a whole lot more.
Twenty of the awesome-est philosophers ever congregated in one bar have come together to quaff a few drinks and analyze this most awesomely philosophical of sit-coms. They poke, prod, and sniff at the misdeeds of Goliath National Bank, the ontology of waiting to get slapped, the epistemology of sexual attraction, why the Platinum Rule is to never love thy neighbor, the authenticity of censoring yourself, why future Teds opinions matter to present-day Ted, and whether its irrational to wait for the Slutty Pumpkin. This book shows that viewers of How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy know that philosophy is much more than a song and dance routine.
About the Author
Lorenzo von Matterhorn is the pseudonym of a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University (UK). He is the author of Between Perception and Action and Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (both forthcoming in 2013 from Oxford University Press), and editor of Perceiving the World (Oxford University Press, 2010). Before taking up full-time philosophy he was well known as a movie critic, and served on the jury at several major international film festivals. He lives in Antwerp, Belgium and Cambridge, England.
Table of Contents
1. Bence Nanay: Empathy for the Devil: Why on Earth Do We Identify with Barney?
2. Miguel Angel Sebastian and Manolo Martinez: Smoking Subs and Eating Joints: What Counts as True in Fiction?
3. Jordan Pascoe: Telling Each Other Everything
4. Tobias Hainz and Yvonne Würz: Is It Irrational to Wait for the Slutty Pumpkin?
5. Maryam Babur: Legend-wait for it-dary: The Anti-Mid-life Crisis Medicine?
6. Kris Goffin: When I Get Sad I Just Stop Being Sad and Be Awesome Instead
7. Carter Hardy: Barneys Magical World of Self-deception
8. M. Chris Sardo: The Cockamouse of Minerva Flies at Dusk: Ted Mosby as Reader of Hegel
9. Tina Talsma: A Mother and A Career-Woman: A Tale of Two Feminist Icons
10. Thomas Ainsworth: Me, me, me! Barney the Egoist
11. Michela Bordignon: How to Be Really Awesome : Living the Contradictions of a Possimpible World
12. Elize De Mul: Sandwiches, Blue Horns, Bob Barker and a Goat. Telling Your Life Story.
13. Joe Slater: The Barney Stinson Theory of Truth: True Story
14. Amanda Ypma: Robin Scherbatsky, the Most Amazing, Strong, Independent Woman Barney Has Ever Banged
15. Frank Karioris: The Bro Code as a Relational Starter
16. Radu Uszkai and Emanuel Socaciu: The Story of the Platinum Rule, as told by David Hume and Barney Stinson: Should You Really Really "Love" Thy Neighbor?
17. Bart van Beek: The Pick-up Game
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