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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.

Is Dan Rather real? Should Big Gay Al be allowed to marry Mr. Slave? What does philosophy have to do with flatulence? Addressing the perennial questions of the show, and looking at the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode, this book unravels everything that might be wrong and could be right about South Park. Are American voters inevitably forced to choose between a turd and a douche? Does South Park’s blasphemous humor go too far? If it’s OK to ridicule Islam, is it OK to skewer Scientology? And how does Cartmanland present the problem of evil? Grab a bag of Cheesypoofs and take a seat, because you’re about to find out.

South Park and Philosophy is a smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows. If you like Chef’s salty balls, you’ll love this book.

Book News Annotation:

Known as much for their blistering obscenities as for their disarming good looks, the South Park contingent has taken on social and political issues that indicate their founders may have taken a philosophy class or two in their time, if only to heckle the professor. Arp (philosophy, Southwest Minnesota State U.) and his cohorts provide 23 essays (including an introduction with a very naughty little title) on such topics as logic, ethics, authority, existentialism (as personified by Kenny, of course) blasphemous humor, Judaism, defending democracy through satire, libertarianism, genetics, gender and sexuality, personal identity, suffering, pluralism, Satan and the power of music. Fans of the show will doubtless enjoy every word. Every four-letter word and combination thereof, that is. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

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

Edited by Robert Arp.

Contents.

Sucking Balls and Fucking Off: An Introduction to The Bothersome South Park and Philosophy.

Robert Arp.

I. TAKING SOUTH PARK SERIOUSLY… M’KAY.

1. Flatulence and Philosophy: A Lot of Hot Air, or the Corruption of Youth?.

William W. Young III.

2. Is It Okay to Laugh at South Park?.

Catherine Yu.

3. Blasphemous Humor in South Park.

Kevin J. Murtagh.

4. The Chewbacca Defense: A South Park Logic Lesson.

Robert Arp.

II. THE FAB FOUR.

5. You Know, I Learned Something Today: Stan Marsh and the Ethics of Belief.

Henry Jacoby.

6. Respect My Authorita! Is Cartman “The Law,” and Even If He Is, Why Should We Obey Him?.

Mark D. White.

7. Oh My God! They Killed Kenny… Again: Kenny and Existentialism.

Karin Fry.

8. The Philosophical Passion of the Jew: Kyle the Philosopher.

William J. Devlin.

III. THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH PARK.

9. The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand: South Park and Libertarian Philosophy.

Paul A. Cantor.

10. South Park and the Open Society: Defending Democracy Through Satire.

David Valleau Curtis and Gerald J. Erion.

11. “Vote or Die, Bitch”: The Myth that Every Vote Counts and the Pitfalls of a Two-Party System.

John Scott Gray.

IV. ETHICS: DUDE… GAY MUSLIMS DON’T EAT VEAL.

12. They Satirized My Prophet…Those Bastards! South Park and Blasphemy.

David R. Koepsell.

13. You Can’t Get Married, You’re Faggots: Mrs. Garrison and the Gay Marriage Debate.

Jacob M. Held.

14. Just Don’t Kill Baby Cows.

Cynthia McWilliams.

15. Four-Assed Monkeys: Genetics and Gen-Ethics in Small-Town Colorado.

Scott Calef.

V. WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU? WHORES, ROBOTS, AND BODIES.

16. Raisins, Whores, and Boys: Gender and Sexuality in South Park.

Ellen Miller.

17. AWESOM-O and the Possibility and Implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Randall M. Jensen.

18. Stan’s Future Self and Evil Cartman: Personal Identity in South Park.

Shai Biderman.

VI. SATAN, SUFFERING, SUPER BEST FRIENDS, AND SONG.

19. Cartmanland and the Problem of Evil.

David Kyle Johnson.

20. Religious Pluralism and The Super Best Friends.

Jeffrey Dueck.

21. Aesthetic Value, Ethos, and Phil Collins: The Power of Music in South Park.

Per F. Broman.

22. Satan, Lord of Darkness, in South Park Cosmology.

Dale Jacquette.

Chef’s Salty Ball-less Index.

The Super Best Contributors.

Special Surprise Bonus!.

Screw You Guys… I’m Going Home

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405161602
Subtitle:
You Know, I Learned Something Today
Author:
Arp, Robert
Author:
Arp
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
General
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Series:
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.94x6.08x.65 in. .98 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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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